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Wiseman goes low, real low at Bennett

Wiseman goes low, real low at Bennett
Wiseman goes low, real low at Bennett
Corydon Central's Joey Wiseman hits the first of only 67 shots on Saturday to win medalist honors at the Bud Bennett Memorial Invitational. Photo by Ross Schulz

Off the first tee on Saturday afternoon, Corydon Central’s Joey Wiseman didn’t get to use his clubs much on the front nine at Old Capital Golf Club. In golf, that’s not a bad thing.
The junior torched the course through the first nine at the Bud Bennett Memorial Invitational, carding an outstanding 7-under par 29. He went on to shoot 38 on the backside, finishing with a 5-under par 67. The score was plenty low for medalist honors.
‘Seven under in a high school match, no matter what tee you are playing from, is pretty impressive,’ Corydon Central coach Joe Byrd said. ‘Everywhere I watched him on the front nine, he didn’t miss a shot. He was dialed in.’
In fact, playing from the blue tees, Wiseman never wrote down a number higher than four for his first nine. Only twice did he scribble a four. His line read 3-3-3-3-4-4-3-3-3. That’s one eagle (No. 8), five birdies (Nos. 1, 3, 4, 6, 9) and three pars (Nos. 2, 5, 7).
‘Home course, I expect him to shoot that score out there,’ Byrd said. ‘I don’t expect a 29 on the front, but a 67 is where I think he is capable of shooting any time he plays a tournament here. He picks his spots and hits it there.’
Byrd, coaching Wiseman and the Panthers for the first time, is impressed with the junior thus far, even teasing he’ll look for a pair of 29s next time.
‘He doesn’t get in trouble,’ Byrd said. ‘He’s pretty straight off the tee and doesn’t miss many fairways. He’s then on the green or right around the green often. He’s also a good putter. His chip shots could use some work, but he still works hard at that. It’s still early in the season, too.’
Individually, Wiseman was best by seven shots from the field. Castle’s Adam Bratton and Floyd Central pair Reece Compton and Christian McIntosh all shot 2-over par 74s. Jeffersonville’s Jay Williams (75) was fifth.
Compton and McIntosh’s scores helped pace Floyd Central to a first-place finish. The Highlanders shot 303 to be the best in a field of 15 squads. Jasper (334) was second followed by Evansville Memorial (339).
Corydon Central finished near the middle of the pack, shooting a team score of 359.
Ben Johnson also played well on the front nine, shooting a 3-over par 39. He finished the day with an 83. Chris Carroll shot a 99 for Corydon Central, while teammate Jake Fields came in at 110. Tristan Seacat shot 129.
North Harrison, which also uses Old Capital as its home course, came in 12th with a 425. Showing the way for the Cougars was Jason Schmidt with a 96. Eli Gutknecht came in with a 101, while teammates Cole Fisher shot 112 and Parker Stone and Blake Fawver shot 116.
‘Eli is starting to come on strong in his junior year,’ North Harrison coach Ross Schulz said. ‘For his first 18-hole tournament ever, I’ll take that score. We’ve got to get a couple guys in decent scoring range to go with Jason and Christian (Magee, who missed the tournament because of a senior class trip to Chicago). Eli is showing he can do that.’
Lanesville failed to record a team score but was paced by Griffen Reynolds’ 98. Also shooting for the Eagles were Noah Winstead (102) and Gabe Shirley (140).

Team scores: 1. Floyd Central 303, 2. Jasper 334, 3. Evansville Memorial 339, 4. Providence 342, 5. New Albany 343, 6. Castle 355, 7. Corydon Central 359, 8. Heritage Hills 374, 9. Jeffersonville 378, 10. Floyd Central B 380, 11. Loogootee 413, 12. North Harrison 425, 13. Springs Valley 451, 14. Borden 482, 15. Lanesville NTS.
Individual results: 1. Wiseman (Corydon) 67, 2. Bratton (Castle) 74, 3. Compton (Floyd Central) 74, 4. McIntosh (Floyd Central) 74, 5. J. Williams (Jeffersonville) 75.