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Wiseman’s play-off win caps round of 68

Wiseman’s play-off win caps round of 68
Wiseman’s play-off win caps round of 68
With fans gathered along the hill at the Covered Bridge Golf Club clubhouse, Corydon Central's Joey Wiseman sends a putt toward the cup in a playoff for medalist honors. Photo by Brian Smith

Corydon Central’s Joey Wiseman got off to a hot start Monday at Covered Bridge Golf Club then needed to get going again to win a playoff for medalist honors at the Providence Sectional.
Wiseman’s 18-hole round saw the junior card a 4-under par 68. Playing with the eventual qualifying teams ‘ Floyd Central (284), New Albany (313) and Providence (320) ‘ Wiseman had to wait for scores to come in to see where he sat on the leaderboard. Playing on the opposite side of the course, Jeffersonville’s Jay Williams shot a 68 as well, setting up a playoff.
The playoff needed just one hole to determine the medalist. It wasn’t without some drama. Williams, who teed off first, saw his shot bounce off a rock separating a pond from the fairway and land in the short grass of the ninth fairway. Wiseman, meanwhile, placed his drive down the left side of the fairway.
‘There are two ponds, and I thought it was in the middle of the two ponds,’ Wiseman said of Williams’ tee shot. ‘I didn’t think it was in the water but did not see it hit the rocks. I still had to hit a good drive, which I was able to make a good swing.’
After getting a break, Williams’ second shot found the pond, allowing Wiseman to play conservatively the rest of the way.
Finishing with a par in front of the clubhouse gallery, Wiseman took the top honor over Williams, a previous winner of the sectional.
‘He hit before I hit, so, when he went in the water, I knew par would at least tie,’ Wiseman said. ‘It was going to be easier for me to make par at that point than him.’
Wiseman had a quick start to his day, making a birdie putt on the first hole. Two holes later, he nearly had a hole in one on the par-3 third. That birdie, along with one on No. 5, set him at 3-under par.
‘I played really well on the front, getting off to a good start,’ Wiseman said. ‘I was 3-under through five. A couple of putts needed to fall on the back to avoid the playoff, but I’m not disappointed. I’m very happy to get the win.’
Wiseman was able to get to 5-under after consecutive birdies on Nos. 9 and 10. The rest of the back nine featured a host of pars and one bogey. Playing with Floyd Central’s Dylan Zink, the senior hung around Wiseman for much of the day. A double bogey on his final hole saw Zink finish with a 71.
‘I had a birdie putt on 14, 15, 16 and 17 and I missed all of them,’ Wiseman said. ‘(Zink) made a birdie putt on 14 to cut it to one. I wasn’t uncomfortable yet, but I was taking notice of what was happening. I knew I was one up and had to play well the next four holes.’
Wiseman is headed to his third straight regional, where he is the defending champion.
‘I’m thinking of going to win the regional,’ he said. ‘If you think about just qualifying (for state), you can be too conservative. I’m thinking about winning and looking for some birdies. I’ll come out aggressive, looking to win.’
Corydon Central’s Ben Johnson, a regional qualifier last year, finished with an 83. The Panthers’ lone senior had 11 pars. Corydon Central ‘ carding scores from Chris Carroll (102), Jake Fields (109) and Austin Scott (110) ‘ finished with a 362.
Ahead of the Panthers was their rival, North Harrison.
Unsure if he was going to play after an auto crash the week prior, North Harrison’s Christian Magee turned in a solid round of 6-over par 78. His round featured 12 pars, shooting 39s on both sides.
‘We couldn’t ask for anything more out of Christian,’ North Harrison coach Ross Schulz said. ‘I don’t know if he could have held up if he had to play any more holes. It was a great effort. We looked at qualifying scores from around the state and his score would have made it at most sites.’
As a team, North Harrison shot a 347 for seventh place. Jason Schmidt turned in a score of 86, while Eli Gutknecht had a 91. Also scoring for the Cougars were Cole Fisher (92) and Blake Fawver (98).
‘We put up our best score of the season at sectional, which is what you always want to do,’ Schulz said. ‘Cole and Blake played their best nine holes of the season on the front, and Eli had his best overall round. It was a good day.’
Lanesville and South Central played together, starting on the back nine. For golfers on both teams, the second nine was much more kind.
South Central’s Bryce Lewis closed with an 87 ‘ starting his day with a 46 on the back nine (his first nine) ‘ and closing with a 41 on the next nine. Teammate Harvey Basham was more steady, going 48-49 for a 97.
The three Lanesville golfers ‘ Griffen Reynolds, Noah Winstead and Gabe Shirley ‘ saw noticeable improvement after the turn. Reynolds carded a 96, shooting a 44 on his second nine. Winstead cut four strokes off from one nine to the next to shoot 100. Shirley closed with a 129.
The Providence Regional will take place tomorrow (Thursday) at Champions Pointe Golf Club starting at 8 a.m. Feeder sectionals include Bloomington North, Center Grove, Greensburg, Jasper, Madison and Providence. To advance to state, the top three teams advance along with the top five low individuals, excluding those individuals who advance with a team.
Admission is free.
The state final, at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, June 13.

Team scores (top three advance to regional): 1. Floyd Central 284, 2. New Albany 313, 3. Providence 320, 4. Silver Creek 329, 5. Jeffersonville 335, 6. Crawford County 339, 7. North Harrison 347, 8. Corydon Central 362, 9. Christian Academy of Indiana 384, 10. Borden 435, 11. Eastern (Pekin) 476, 12. Clarksville 538. No team score ” Lanesville, South Central.
Individual results: 1. Joey Wiseman* (CC) 68, 2. Jay Williams (Jeff) 68, 3. Harrison Eades (FC) 69.
Individuals advancing to regional without a team: 1. 1. Joey Wiseman (CC) 68, 2. Jay Williams (Jeff) 68, 3. Bryce Crutcher (Silver Creek) 75.

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