Delay no issue as Lady Panthers take MSC title
Three days prior to last Tuesday’s Mid-Southern Conference meet, Corydon Central made the trip to Seymour seeking to take the 18-hole event. Weather, however, had different plans.
Postponing the girls’ golf MSC on Sept. 8 due to rain forced the tournament to not only move dates, but shortened it to a nine-hole event at Shadowood Golf Course. Neither seemed to bother the Lady Panthers as they cruised to an MSC title, scoring 177. The runner-up, Scottsburg, shot 193. North Harrison placed fifth with a 245.
Corydon Central, the runner-up to North Harrison a year ago, placed all five golfers on the All-MSC squad, reserved for the top 10 finishers.
Coach Joe Byrd said it was business as usual for the Lady Panthers.
‘We didn’t do much different,’ he said. ‘We had a match last night and came here like it was another match. The girls know to just go play golf. You have good and bad days. Our girls were all 47 and under, which may be the first time all year all were 47 and under. Most of the season when one girl has a bad day, there is another to pick them up. For all five to go 47 and under is great.’
Within individual play, Corydon Central’s Madison Engleman made a late run at the leaderboard. The senior recorded birdies on her final two holes to finish with a 4-over par 40, playing the front nine.
‘My irons and drives went well,’ Engleman said. ‘My putting could have been better, but I was happy overall. I had birdies on the last two holes. I was able to finish strong.’
Byrd said Engleman was leaving a lot of putts short early on the green.
‘I was razzing her about her putting because she knows better,’ Byrd said. ‘The last two holes she was able to hit about a 40-footer for birdie then hit an iron to about seven feet. Where she was leaving 10 footers short, I told her to get the 7-footer to the hole and it barely crept over the edge. It went in though.’
Engleman said she was nervous coming into the conference meet. The Lady Panthers were the favorites coming in after a steady regular-season slate of matches.
‘I’m really happy,’ she said. ‘We work very hard in practice. Joe may not think we do; we had to sign a contract to work hard. Our school is going to be excited for us. They know how hard we work.’
Engleman wasn’t able to catch Scottsburg’s Avery Bottorff, who closed her day with a 2-over par 38 for medalist honors.
Brownstown Central’s Kacee Collins was the only golfer between Engleman and the rest of the Lady Panthers when the final scores came in. While Collins shot a 45, Corydon Central occupied the next four spots.
Macey Capelle, a fourth-place finisher a year ago, claimed the spot again as a senior by shooting a 45.
‘It seems kind of open, which is a plus,’ Capelle said of Shadowood. ‘There aren’t a lot of trees, and it’s easier to get out of trouble.’
Capelle had to deal with a slow pace in her group at times, but she was able to maintain focus.
‘You have to keep thinking your game and not their game,’ she said. ‘You keep thinking in your head on where you need to go next.’
One shot behind Capelle was junior teammates Emily Harbaugh and Sidney Cook, who both shot 46s. Coming in seventh place was senior Cami Schmitt with a 47.
‘I told the girls before they went out that all five should be all conference,’ Byrd said. ‘I thought with ease, and, they were. It’s pretty good for our school. We still need to work to get better.’
‘Four years; we’ve been preparing for this for a while,’ Capelle said. ‘It feels pretty good to actually win it. We are hoping for a good outcome at sectional too.’
North Harrison’s Alexis Blessinger was smiling during parts of her round as she went on to shoot a 47 to place eighth. The score put her on the All-MSC list as well.
Also for the Lady Cats, Marie Meyer earned honorable mention by shooting a 55.
North Harrison coach Rob Higdon welcomed two new players to round out a team score. Additions to the team are first-year players Julia Campbell and Destiny Pinnick. Campbell finished with a 71, while Pinnick shot a 72.
Corydon Central Sectional
Corydon Central earned its second straight trip to the Washington Regional by taking runner-up honors Saturday at the Corydon Central Sectional.
Played at Old Capital Golf Club, Floyd Central was the top overall team, shooting a 331. The Lady Panthers were second with a 368, followed by the third regional qualifying team, Providence (400). All three squads played in the same group Saturday.
The three Corydon Central seniors ” Madison Engleman, Cami Schmitt and Macey Capelle ” each had one birdie during their 18-hole rounds. Engleman, who also carded eight pars, finished her round with a 14-over par 85 for fourth place among individuals. On the back nine, Engleman played the par-35 to 4-over par.
Schmitt, whose birdie came on the par-5 eighth hole, wrote down seven pars as well to shoot an 87. Schmitt had a solid start to her round, holding a 4-over par through the first nine holes.
Capelle ended her day with a 95, earning a bird on No. 14.
Also competing for Cory- don Central were Sidney Cook (101) and Emily Harbaugh (110).
Floyd Central’s five golfers finished under 87, led by medalist Sophie Cook. The freshman shot an 8-over par 79, including two birdies. Additional Floyd Central golfers included Zoe Hoehn (82), Francesca Hartlage (83), Morgan Spanopoulos (87) and Sydney Juliot (87).
North Harrison closed with a seventh-place finish, scoring a 494. The Lady Cats were led by junior Alexis Blessinger, who carded a 102. Senior Marie Meyer came into the clubhouse with a 116. Also competing for North Harrison were Julia Campbell (138) and Destiny Pinnick (138).
South Central’s Isabella Page carded a 113 as the lone representative from her school. The sophomore had four bogeys on the back nine to card a 54 on that side.
Individuals advancing without a team were New Washington’s Katlyn Price (86), Jeffersonville’s Allison Kane (91) and New Albany’s Kennedy Lee (95).
The Washington Regional will take place at Country Oaks Golf Club on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The top three teams will advance to the state final along with the low five individuals not on an advancing team. In addition to the Corydon Central sectional, feeder sectionals include Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomington North, Evansville Memorial, Jasper and Vincennes Lincoln.
Corydon Central Sectional
Team scores: 1. Floyd Central 331, 2. Cory- don Central 368, 3. Providence 400, 4. Jeffersonville 439, 5. New Albany 440, 6. Silver Creek 447, 7. North Harrison 494.
Individual scores: 1. Sophie Cook (FC) 79, 2. Zoe Hoehn (FC) 82, 3. Francesca Hartlage (FC) 83.
Individuals advancing without a team score: 1. Katlyn Price (New Washington 86), 2. Allison Kane (Jeff) 91, 3. Kennedy Lee (NA) 95.
Team scores: 1. Corydon Central 177, 2. Scottsburg 193, 3. Brownstown Central 212, 4. Silver Creek 226, 5. North Harrison 245, 6. Salem 247, 7. Clarksville 262.
Individual scores (top 10 all-MSC) ‘ 1. Avery Bottorff (Scott) 38, 2. Madison Engleman (CC) 40, 3. Kacee Collins (BC) 45, 4. Macey Capelle (CC) 45, 5. Emily Harbaugh (CC) 46, 6. Sidney Cook (CC) 46, 7. Cami Schmitt (CC) 47, 8. Alexis Blessinger (NH) 47, 9. Makayla Barger (Scott) 48, 10. Jacy Stricker (SiCr) 49.