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Wiseman, Hentrup off to regional

Wiseman, Hentrup off to regional
Wiseman, Hentrup off to regional
South Central's Henry Hentrup, above, looks toward the fairway at No. 9 to see where his tee shot would land. Hentrup eventually qualified for regional.

South Central’s Henry Hentrup and Corydon Central’s Joey Wiseman had opposite story lines as players began to turn in scorecards at the boys’ golf Providence Sectional played Monday at Covered Bridge Golf Club.
Hentrup, a senior, experienced the waiting in his past sectional tries, only to come up a few strokes short of advancing to regional. As scores rolled in as a sophomore, Hentrup’s 80 on that day was one stroke off the third qualifying spot as an individual. Last year, Hentrup’s 81, was four strokes off.
Monday, Hentrup turned in the first scorecard, a 5-over par 77. Then, the waiting game commenced.
One of the contenders was rookie Wiseman, representing the Panthers. Participating in his first sectional, the freshman nipped Hentrup by a stroke, carding a 4-over par 76.
Both scores held up, with Wiseman placing fifth overall while Hentrup was sixth. Once individual scores from qualifying teams ‘ Providence, New Albany and Floyd Central ‘ were pulled, Hentrup and Wiseman learned their high school golf seasons were extended by at least four additional days. They’ll compete as individuals at the regional tomorrow (Thursday) at Champions Pointe Golf Club.
‘A few strokes short (in the past), but this time by the skin of my teeth,’ said Hentrup after accepting an advancing ribbon. ‘It’s an honor to represent my school. I’m just so happy to make it out, finally.’
Hentrup and Wiseman began play on hole No. 10, although there were five groups between them. The day started with two bogeys on the first three holes for Hentrup. He bounced back with a birdie on No. 17, a par-3. He closed the front nine at 1-over par.
‘My driver, I didn’t hit it hard today but controlled it,’ said Hentrup, the first regional golf qualifier from South Central’s program. ‘I didn’t want to give myself any hard shots.’
Playing in the same group as Southern Athletic Conference medalist Kamden Hurst, Hentrup knew the Borden senior would be competition as an individual. Coming down the final hole on No. 9, both golfers three-putted, but Hentrup had a one-stroke advantage.
‘My shots from about 100 yards out were really nice today,’ Hentrup said. ‘I two-putted every hole but the last one, which I three-putted. Short game was good today and consistent.’
Hurst and Hentrup played quick, which fit both of their styles.
‘We’ve been playing with and against each other for four years. He’s a nice guy,’ Hentrup said.
On hole No. 2, Hentrup picked up a bit of momentum when he holed out a chip shot for his second birdie.
‘I got lucky,’ he said. ‘It was a big shot.’
Wiseman admitted he had plenty of birdie possibilities on the par-72 course but couldn’t get one to fall in the cup.
‘I had a lot of birdie chances,’ he said. ‘I hit 10 greens, so there were opportunities; I just didn’t finish them. I left a lot of putts short. I had 34 putts again, which is a problem.’
Despite the frustrations with the flat stick, the Panthers’ freshman was elated to be moving on to Thursday.
‘We were more focused on getting to regional,’ the Mid-Southern Conference individual champion said. ‘Winning this was obviously in the back of my mind. First and foremost, you have to get to regional.’
Wiseman’s round consisted of 14 pars. He avoided big numbers as well, carding four bogeys.
‘The back is much more difficult,’ Wiseman said of where he started his round. ‘I was trying to get to the front with a good score, and 2-over wasn’t a bad score. I wanted to keep it around par on the other side but couldn’t get anything going.’
On No. 9, Wiseman’s home hole, he buried a come-back putt after running one past for a par, keeping his round at 4-over. The freshman didn’t realize how close the scores would be at the time.
‘That first putt was too aggressive,’ he said. ‘I didn’t realize that putt was going to be the one to sure up the spot.’
Hitting 10 greens in regulation was a positive Wiseman plans to build on. He was confident off the tee much of the day, but, to remain with the contenders Thursday, he’ll work on the short game.
‘I like the course,’ Wiseman said of going to Champions Pointe. ‘It’s similar to (Covered Bridge) being the same fairway type. The goal is to get out (to state), so it’s doable. I need to play a little bit better than today. I need to get the putter going.’
Both golfers plan to play at least one practice round before the 18-hole regional round.
‘I want to shoot for even par, plus-one, plus-two or around there and hope it is good enough to get out,’ Hentrup said.
Among the team competition, Providence won, shooting a four-man combined 304. They were joined by advancing teams New Albany (312) and 13-time defending champion Floyd Central (316).
Crawford County came away with a seventh-place showing with a 378. Other area teams included eighth-place finisher Corydon Central (384) and 10th-place finisher North Harrison (386), along with South Central (11th, 386) and Lanesville (13th, 477).
Crawford County was led by Dalton Pinter’s 85, followed by Dayton Pinter’s 95. Also shooting for the Wolfpack were Jordan Barrow (99), Jacob Sherron (101) and Aaron Pearson (102).
To go with Wiseman’s 76, Jarrett Alcorn carded a 95 while Ben Johnson posted a 96. Cameron Beuchele put together a round of 117, while Ayden Dunaway shot 125.
North Harrison kept all five of its participants at 100 or lower. Jackson Shaffer showed the way with a 90, followed by Jason Schmidt (97), Austin Wilson (99), Ryan Dones (100) and Christian Magee (100).
South Central sent out three additional golfers besides Hentrup: Brayden Stopinski (81), Bryce Lewis (91) and Cody Johnson (137).
The best round out of Lanesville’s contingent was Jordan Wernert’s 105. Also shooting for the Eagles were Carson Kaake (116), Brent Hardin (121), Noah Winstead (135) and Andrew Jolley (146).
Tomorrow’s boys’ golf regional is hosted by Providence. Feeder sectionals along with Providence include Bloomington North, Greensburg, Jasper, Madison and Southport.
The top three teams plus the top five low individuals excluding those who advance with a team have the chance to move on to the state final. Admission to regional is free.

Team scores: 1. Providence 304, 2. New Albany 312, 3. Floyd Central 316, 4. Jeffersonville 331, 5. Silver Creek 336, 6. Borden 349, 7. Crawford County 378, 8. Corydon Central 384, 9. Christian Academy of Indiana 384, 10. North Harrison 386, 11. South Central 386, 12. Eastern (Pekin) 424, 13. Lanesville 477.
Individual scores: 1. Jay Williams (Jeffersonville) 71, 2. Kevin Crone (Providence) 72, 3t. Max Leist (Providence) 75, 3t. Addison Greenwell (New Albany) 75, 5. Joey Wiseman (Corydon Central) 76.
Individuals advancing without a team: 1. Jay Williams (Jeffersonville) 71, 2. Joey Wiseman (Corydon Central) 76, 3. Henry Hentrup (South Central) 77.