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Regional meet ends local golf season

Regional meet ends local golf season
Regional meet ends local golf season
Rolling a ball toward the cup, Corydon Central's Joey Wiseman polishes off a par on No. 9 at the Providence Regional. Photos by Brian Smith

Two area golfers ‘ Corydon Central’s Joey Wiseman and South Central’s Henry Hentrup ‘ were making their individual debuts Thursday at the Providence Regional.
Played at Champions Pointe Golf Club near Henryville, it takes a near-championship round to advance to the state meet. In a field full of 18 teams and 18 additional individuals, including the state’s top ranked team in Center Grove, spots at state are hard to come by.
Wiseman, a freshman, took to the 18-hole, par-72 course with an eye on state. Keeping pace with a birdie on No. 6, Wiseman made the turn at 3-over par. On the back nine, Wiseman had a few rough holes, closing his first appearance with an 8-over par 80 at the Providence Regional.
‘Joey, going into it, I really thought he had a legit shot to get out,’ Corydon Central coach Kevin Nash said. ‘That’s his mentality, too. He’s unlike other freshmen because he has the mentality that he’s going to perform well. He’s got it.’
Hentrup played four groups behind Wiseman. Both were in foursomes with golfers from eventual regional champion Center Grove along with Madison and Providence.
The round for Hentrup was similar to Wiseman’s. A birdie on No. 7 for Hentrup led to a 3-over front side, making the turn with a 39. The back, however, featured a pair of triple bogeys, closing his senior season with an 84.
‘Considering the group he played with, I was proud of him,’ South Central coach Steve Temple said. ‘He was nervous at first, but I knew he had it in him to play with the other golfers in his group. The first nine he played really well. I think on the back nine, the heat and length of the course got to him.’
Wiseman began his day at 4-over par after four holes. His round started to steady once he put in a par on No. 5. A birdie on the par-5 sixth brought Wiseman back to 3-over par.
Six straight pars followed as he maintained either hitting greens or getting up and down to make short putts.
‘He was playing good, especially when he made a nice birdie on six,’ Nash said.
A tee shot to the thick rough on holes 13 and 14 prompted over-par scores.
Nash said a decision on No. 14 while trying to navigate through the thick heather was a learning lesson for Wiseman.
‘When he hit it into the heather, he didn’t know exactly how to handle it,’ Nash said.
Coaches aren’t permitted to speak with players with the exception for rulings and between holes.
‘He knows now his best shot would have been a punch with a wedge to just get out,’ Nash said. ‘It was valuable experience.’
The end result on No. 14 was a triple bogey. Never wavering, Wiseman sent a dart to the green on the next hole, No. 17, for a birdie putt he sank.
‘Overall, I think he handled regional well,’ Nash said. ‘I’m tickled with how he handle the day. He took a double on 18 to shoot 80. The two shots that got him were the tee shots on 13 and 18. Not that it’s an excuse, but, those two holes, there was a long wait before teeing off. He may have lost focus for a bit.’
Nash said Wiseman has the mental makeup to continue to improve his game.
‘He is very competitive, and it’s the mentality you have to have,’ Nash said. ‘I think he is a little disappointed but OK with knowing he’s just a freshman and has three more tries. I’m very proud of him.’
Hentrup concluded his first hole of sectional with a bogey. The par-3 second, however, the senior hit the green with his tee shot and took a par.
Following four straight pars, Hentrup took a double bogey on No. 6 but came back with his lone birdie of the round on No. 7.
After shooting a 3-over on the front, Hentrup ended the back with a 45.
Playing with the No. 1 golfers from Center Grove, Madison and Providence began with nerves but turned to confidence after the first few holes.
‘When he’s playing with the No. 1 golfer from the No. 1 team in the state and two other golfers from teams that won sectionals, that’s competition,’ Temple said. ‘After the first couple of holes, he realize he could play with them. And he did for a while. I’m extremely proud of him and wish he could have done better.’
Hentrup became the first boys’ golfer from South Central to make a regional appearance. Temple said Hentrup has come a long way after joining the team as a freshman.
‘He didn’t play golf until his freshman year,’ Temple said. ‘He turned into a great golfer in just four years.’
A few errand tee shots on the back nine brought Hentrup’s score up.
‘You have to be mentally ready,’ Temple said. ‘Champions is a tough course. I know our home course is Chariot, but, at Champions, you could loose a ball in the short rough.’
Center Grove went on to win the regional, carding a four-man best score of 292. Other team state qualifiers were Bloomington South (295) and Bedford North Lawrence (298).
The medalist was Perry Meridian’s Nick Osterburg, who shot a 2-under par 70.
Out of the Providence Sectional, New Albany was the highest placing team at sixth with a 313. Addison Greenwell of New Albany shot a 73 to advance as an individual. Joining him was Floyd Central’s Dylan Zink, who won a playoff after shooting a 74.

Team scores (top 3 advance): 1. Center Grove 292, 2. Bloomington South 295, 3. Bedford North Lawrence 298, 4. Perry Meridian 306, 5. Jasper 313, 6. New Albany 313, 7. Floyd Central 316, 8. Franklin Community 319, 9. Columbus North 320, 10. Columbus East 327, 11. Madison 327, 12. Heritage Hills 330, 13. Providence 331, 14. Greensburg 334, 15. Paoli 346, 16. Jennings County 361, 17. Brown County 386, 18. Scottsburg 391.
Individual scores: 1. Nick Osterburg (Perry Meridian) 70, 2t. Keegan McCullough (Greensburg) 71, 2t. Josh Krempp (Jasper) 71, 2t. Quinn Pizzo (Bloomington South) 71, 2t. Ethan Stanley (Bedford North Lawrence) 71, 2t. Sam Jean (Center Grove) 71.
Individuals advancing without a team: 1. Nick Osterburg (Perry Meridian) 70, 2. Keegan McCullough (Greensburg) 71, 3. Josh Krempp (Jasper) 71, 4. Addison Greenwell (New Albany) 73, 5. Dylan Zink (Floyd Central) 74*.
*Playoff determined spot