Conditions no issue for Wiseman
With the onslaught of rain the past few weeks, the conditions at Wooded View Golf Course in Clarksville presented a soft and wet landing spot for golf balls.
The previous four Mid-Southern Conference meet outings saw Corydon Central run away with the hardware. All five golfers from last season’s squad were lost to graduation, but one surname remained at the top of the leaderboard: Wiseman.
Competing for the first time at the MSC, Corydon Central’s Joey Wiseman was the lone golfer to turn in a sub-80 score playing the tree-lined home course of Clarksville.
Playing a lightning-quick, 3-1/2-hour round, Wiseman closed his day with a 5-over par 76.
‘It was tough conditions and I was caught in some bad lies, but we were rolling it everywhere,’ Wiseman said. ‘I knew 76 would be a good enough score today. The league is in a little slump this year, but I was happy with the way I played overall.’
The four-year run as MSC team champions came to a close for the Panthers. Brownstown Central won the team title shooting a four-man combined score of 348.
The Braves were followed by Silver Creek and Scottsburg with matching 358s. Silver Creek won the tie-breaker for second spot via the fifth-man score.
Corydon Central logged its best 18-hole team score of the season, a 360, to place fourth. North Harrison (395) was sixth.
‘We played well as a team,’ Wiseman said. ‘Finishing fourth, for how young we are, is solid. We hope to keep getting better and win it next year.’
Wiseman said his day consisted of a lot of pars with a few birdies mixed in while one hole, a par-3, gave him trouble.
The key for him was keeping his ball within the boundaries of the course’s layout.
‘I didn’t spray away from the fairway too much,’ Wiseman said. ‘The struggle for me today was putting. I had 33 putts. My focus was keeping it in play. It’s easy to get a double on this course if you go out of play. I only had one, so it wasn’t too bad.’
With Wiseman at the top of the final individual standings, the win was personal for Joey. His older brother, Timothy, won medalist honors at the MSC three times.
‘It’s a good win because Timothy won it three times, and I hope to top him with four,’ said the younger Wiseman with a grin.
North Harrison’s Christian Magee fared well on the morning trek around the par-71 links well, too. He came away tied for eighth place, shooting an 88.
‘Christian is starting to put it together to find a way to score,’ NH coach Ross Schulz said. ‘All-conference is a nice honor for him and, hopefully, it will drive him to want more.’
Corydon Central had two golfers finish just outside the top 10 but earned All-MSC honorable mention. Carding 89s, Ben Johnson and Jarrett Alcorn took the honors in their first year participating.
Rounding out Corydon Central’s team score was Cameron Buechele with a 106 while Zack Paden shot a 133.
North Harrison’s Ryan Dones closed to just outside the honorable mentions, carding a 94.
Also playing for the Cougars was Jackson Shaffer (106), Jason Schmidt (107) and Austin Wilson (113).
‘We had been improving nicely throughout the season until Saturday,’ Schulz said. ‘We had a couple rounds get away from us. Ryan (Dones) has all the tools to shoot high 70s to low 80s; he just has to learn to take it one shot at a time. Jackson had his best round of the year earlier in the week then couldn’t get anything going at conference. That’s the way it goes sometimes.’
Brownstown Central kept its four scoring golfers under 91 to score a 348. The Braves were paced by Hunter Browning’s 85 and 86s from Seth Berry and Lute Lahrman.
The individual runner-up was Scottsburg’s Kameron Hollan, shooting an 81, five strokes back of Wiseman.
A few nine-hole matches remain for Corydon Central and North Harrison, including a county matchup at Old Capital Golf Course on May 26, as they prepare for the June 6 sectional at Covered Bridge Golf Club.
Team scores ‘ 1. Brownstown Central 348, 2. Silver Creek 358, 3. Scottsburg 358, 4. Corydon Central 360, 5. Salem 381, 6. North Harrison 395, 7. Austin 397, 8. Charlestown 535, 9. Clarksville NTS.
Individual scores (top 10 All-MSC) ‘ 1. Joey Wiseman (CC) 76, 2. Kameron Hollan (Sco) 81, 3. Jacob Balz (SC) 82, 4t. Hunter Browning (BC) 85, 4t. Case Carter (A) 85, 6t. Seth Berry (BC) 86, 6t. Lute Lahrman (BC) 86, 8t. Christian Magee (NH) 88, 8t. Devon Wynn (Sal) 88, 8t. Kade Roach (Sal) 88, 8t. Cody Zimmerman (SC) 88; MSC honorable mentions ‘ Ben Johnson (CC) 89, Jarrett Alcorn (CC) 89, Garred Perronie (SC) 90, Jackson Wagner (BC) 91, Charlie Robinson (Sco) 92, Carter Bowles (Sco) 92.