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Bird-bird finish sends Wiseman to MSC top

Bird-bird finish sends Wiseman to MSC top
Bird-bird finish sends Wiseman to MSC top
Corydon Central's Joey Wiseman gives a fist pump after sinking a birdie on his final hole at the Mid-Southern Conference Championship. Photo by Brian Smith
Brian Smith, Sports Editor

A wet spring has canceled a few would-be 18-hole boys’ golf tournaments for Corydon Central and North Harrison this season. The Mid-Southern Conference meet on Saturday, played at Wooded View Golf Course in Clarksville, was the first 18-hole round for the Cougars and the third for Corydon Central.
For Panther senior Joey Wiseman, he probably wouldn’t have minded playing one or two more holes. Wiseman ended his round with four birdies on the back nine, including two in a row on holes No. 17 and 18.
The effort for Wiseman put him at 2-under par for the tournament with the score of 69 holding up for medalist honors. He was seven strokes better than Silver Creek’s Carter Smith (76).
‘I was really happy with this score,’ Wiseman said. ‘The greens don’t hold as well, so it’s tougher to spin and control the ball. For kids that usually shoot 80 to 90, it can be an easier course. But when you are trying to make a lot of birdies, it’s not as easy because it’s tougher to stick it close.’
It was the third MSC title for Wiseman in four tries. His round Saturday was lightning quick too, with his group finishing before the others and getting first pick at the mid-day lunch options in the clubhouse.
‘I love that pace and not waiting,’ Wiseman said. ‘Playing in a five-hour round can be rough. You can always set your own pace when you have that freedom. I try to not get sped up, but control my pace and control shots.’
Hole 17 saw Wiseman hit a monster drive to just in front of the green. A chip to the putting surface set up a birdie putt. No. 18 proved a bit more tricky. A drive left saw his ball make it through the trees to near the neighboring 15th tee box. Flying the second shot over the trees, Wiseman put his ball back on the fairway. A tight approach to the green on the par-5 set up smooth right to left birdie putt he sank.
‘I’ve gotten a lot more relaxed over the course of four years,’ Wiseman said. ‘I got a little antsy on that drive. It didn’t take a bomb drive to get there in two, but I was able to get it back in the fairway and took it from there.’
Wiseman ended his day with five birdies overall. He said a rough practice round the day prior at Wooded View left him a bit worried.
‘I came out here and found a simple swing on the range which is something I can take forward,’ he said. ‘You can’t always be perfect at everything with preparation. Sometimes you have to figure it out and make it work. I hit a few bad shots today but, for the most part, if I missed, it was where I could.’
Team honors went to Silver Creek, which shot a 318. Salem was runner-up with a 335, closely followed by North Harrison (337). Corydon Central (342) was fourth.
‘It was a good effort, all five of our guys competed and played pretty well,’ North Harrison coach Ross Schulz said. ‘With all the rain we’ve had, this was the first 18-hole match we’ve been able to play, and a couple of our guys wore down at the end of their rounds but that’s part of it.’
North Harrison’s five players were within nine shots of one another. Ricky Baumgardner was tops on the team with an 81, carding two birdies and seven pars. Teammate Jason Schmidt joined Baumgardner on the All-MSC team with an 83. Schmidt had seven pars as well.
North Harrison’s Tanner Fravel (85) and Cole Hergenrather (88) earned MSC honorable mentions. The Cougars’ Cole Fisher shot 90.
‘We had three guys playing in their first MSC, so, to come up with four scores in the 80s and in the top 15 overall, that’s about all I can ask for,’ Schulz said. ‘We’ll see if we can improve four or five strokes per player at sectional to make a run at the top three and a regional spot.’
Corydon Central’s Seth Johnson shot 44 on the front nine then 45 on the back to card 89 overall. Chris Carroll had a birdie for the Panthers, finishing with a 90. Jake Fields and Alex Boman had 94s for Corydon Central.

Team scores: 1. Silver Creek 318, 2. Salem 335, 3. North Harrison 337, 4. Corydon Central 342, 5. Austin 369, 6. Scottsburg 382, 7. Brownstown Central 416, 8. Charlestown 474.
Individual scores (top 10 All-MSC, 11-15 honorable mention): 1. Wiseman (Cory) 69, 2. Smith (SiCr) 76, 3. Stamper (A) 76, 4. Harper (SiCr) 77, 5. Noel (Salem) 78, 6. Baumgardner (NH) 81, 7. McCallister (SiCr) 81, 8. Schmidt (NH) 83, 9. Mead (Salem) 83, 10. Crutcher (SiCr) 84, 11. Stout (Salem) 85, 12. Fravel (NH) 85, 13. Rockey (Scot) 87, 14. Hergenrather (NH) 88, 15. Gabbard (A) 88.