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Green-seeking Wiseman headed to state

Green-seeking Wiseman headed to state
Green-seeking Wiseman headed to state
Joey Wiseman watches as his ball reaches the No. 7 cup for a birdie during his regional round. Photo by Brian Smith

Out on the course first, Corydon Central’s Joey Wiseman was all over seeking the greens. Hitting 15 of the 18 greens in regulation were a prime reason for the junior’s path to making another bid to reach the boys’ golf state final.
Five straight pars were on the agenda for Wiseman to open Providence Regional play Thursday at Champions Pointe Golf Club near Henryville. Wiseman, playing as an individual, closed with a 1-under par round of 71. Within the talented field of golfers, Wiseman placed tied for second place.
‘I’m happy with how I played,’ Wiseman said. ‘I’ll always take under par. Getting out was a goal, too. I want to get in two good rounds next week (at state) and make some noise.’
On the front nine, Wiseman nearly chipped in from the fringe on No. 4. Two holes later, Wiseman found his first birdie. A soft chip after his second shot reached just off the green on the par-5 No. 6 hole, Wiseman’s soft touch resulted in a short birdie putt.
Hitting an iron off the tee on No. 7, Wiseman found himself in stellar position in the center of the fairway. Another wedge into the green prompted a less than 10-foot birdie putt that fell to the bottom of the cup.
‘I hit it great, hitting 15 greens,’ Wiseman said. ‘I burned edges all day. I felt like I putted it pretty well; had a few lip outs and a few I’d barely push or pull the ball. I’m happy to not putt it that well and still get out.’
Wiseman went on to make the turn at 1-under par.
Pars became the norm for Wiseman on the back nine. Holes 10 through 13 were pars then, come hole 14, Wiseman got back to 2-under par after lofting a shot over a protected bunker to set up a less than 2-foot birdie try.
As Wiseman and his foursome approached the green, a roar from the No. 15 tee box greeted them when Jennings County’s Bryce Kirchner hit a hole-in-one.
Wiseman parred three of the last four holes, while the other was a bogey to close with a 1-under par round.
‘We stuck with the cut all day, which is the most consistent with me,’ Wiseman said. ‘It’s my go-to shot path, so we stuck with it. It worked all day.’
Just missing some putts left Wiseman with plenty of pars, thanks to his tee and irons shots finding greens in regulation.
‘Speed was a little off,’ Wiseman said of his putter. ‘I was a little too long with some putts. I didn’t really find a groove putting, but I’m OK with that. I can save them for next week.’
Defending state champion Center Grove, the top team in the state, had the medalist with Noah Gillard shooting a 3-under par 69. Gillard is the defending state champion as an individual.
Wiseman said he can see his golf game continuing to grow as he will prep for his second state appearance.
‘I’ve played a lot better this year,’ he said. ‘I played really well at regional last year, but I’m a different player. I’m hitting it a lot further, and I’m a lot more focused. I’m also making better decisions.’
The trip to Carmel’s Prairie View Golf Club is the second state appearance for Wiseman in as many years. A year ago, Wiseman tied for 57th.
Competition at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel took place yesterday (Tuesday) and today in a 36-hole format.
‘I actually like the course,’ Wiseman said. ‘I played terrible there last year, but I’ve already blocked that out of my mind. I had some good holes last year but blew up on a few. I plan to get a good practice round in on Monday and, hopefully, hit it well and putt well on Tuesday and Wednesday.’
Center Grove posted an impressive 290 team score. Of its five golfers, the worst score put up was a 75 by Logan Anderson. To go with Gillard’s 69, Center Grove had a 73 out of Luke DeHaven and 74s via Alex Heck and Sam Jean.
Floyd Central’s best round came from Jack Lilly, who carded a 3-over par 75. Harrison Eades shot a 76, while Reece Compton had a 77.
It’s been a busy few weeks for the Wiseman family. Joey’s older brother, Timothy, qualified for the U.S. Open and found out which pros he would play with this week when tee times were announced during high school regional play. Timothy made it to regional to support his brother as well.
‘It’s been a crazy week,’ Joey said. ‘I really don’t know how to describe it. It’s unfathomable that he’s playing in the same field with those guys … It’s been awesome.’
After the state tournament, Joey plans to attend the U.S. Open in New York.

Team scores (top 3 advance to state): 1. Center Grove 290, 2. Floyd Central 308, 3. Madison 315*, 4. Columbus North 315, 5. Franklin Community 323, 6. Bloomington South 323, 7. Columbus East 324, 8. Jasper 325, 9. Providence* 327, 10. Bedford North Lawrence 327, 11. New Albany* 328, 12. Roncalli 328, 13. Bloomington North 333, 14. Southwestern 351, 15. Jennings County 353, 16. Heritage Hills 356, 17. Paoli 359, 18. Greensburg 361.
Individual results: 1. Noah Gillard (Center Grove) 69, 2t. Ethan Stanley (BNL) 71, 2t. Joey Wiseman (Corydon) 71, 2t. Jay Williams (Jeffersonville) 71, 5t. Luke DeHaven (Center Grove) 73, 5t. Henry Kiel (Columbus North) 73, 5t. Hunter Mefford (Southwestern) 73.
Individuals advancing to state without a team: Ethan Stanley (BNL) 71, Joey Wiseman (Corydon) 71, Jay Williams (Jeffersonville) 71, Henry Kiel (Columbus North) 73, Hunter Mefford (Southwestern) 73.

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