The Greencastle boys' golf team picked up a pair of road wins this week, defeating Speedway 175-180 Tuesday and downing Southmont 165-174 Thursday. The wins move the Tiger Cubs' match record to 3-0 and their overall record to 15-7.
At Brickyard Crossing on Tuesday, Eric Davis tied the Sparkplugs Eric Jones for medalist honors, firing a 40. Freshman Jim Wheeler was next for GHS with a 41. Nick Pritchard and Wade Huber rounded out the scoring for the Cubs with matching 47s.
On Thursday at Crawfordsville Country Club, Wheeler and teammate Luke Crimmins tied for medalist with 40s. Davis shot a 42 and Huber finished the scoring with a 43.
Coach Donovan Wheeler saw positives and negatives in the week's matches. He made note of the way his freshman came back after some tough rounds last week.
"I'm very happy to see Jimmy get his game back together," the coach said. "He was very down on himself after his 48's last week, but his experience in tournament golf for the last seven summers finally came through and helped out. He was more composed and more settled.
"His 41 at the Brickyard was a very strong round on that golf course, and his 40 (Thursday) was big because he was able to rebound from a four-putt triple on the third hole," Wheeler continued. "In both rounds what's really stood out has been his strong finishes. He's played the last three holes even par each night."
Wheeler was happy with Crimmins and his ability to come back from some adversity on Thursday night.
"Luke's had a rough week both on and off the golf course, so it was really critical that he finally step up and play to the level that I've expected out of him. Tonight was the shot in the arm he desperately needed," Wheeler commented.
The coach is also pleased with number one player Davis, as his scrappy play has been an example for the other players.
"Even though Eric's not been leading with strong sub-40 rounds, his efforts at grinding and scrambling this week are proof of his role as the leader of this team," Wheeler said.
For the rest of the varsity, though, there is still work to be done.
"I'm still concerned about the state of the rest of our top six, especially since we're getting bad scores from experienced players," the coach said. "They've all had experience as medalists in the past, and I doubt they ever thought the wheels would fall off for them as they have right now. Their performace is critical to our success, and they understand that.
"When they right their ships, things will settle down, and we'll be OK," Wheeler concluded.
The Greencastle junior varsity earned a split on the week, defeating Speedway 211-240 and falling to Southmont 153-162 in a three-man match. Tyler Hopkins and Dakota Miller were low scorers for GHS on Tuesday, while Tyler Wade led the way on Thursday.
Greencastle travels to Rea Park for the Terre Haute Invitational on Saturday.
At Brickyard Crossing
Greencastle 175, Speedway 180
Medalists -- Davis (GHS), Jones (Spd) 40.
Greencastle -- Davis 40, Wheeler 41, Pritchard 47, Huber 47, Collins 51.
Speedway -- Jones 40, Williams 43, Fiege 47, Butz 50, Ewolet 51.
Greencastle 211, Speedway 250
Greencastle -- Hopkins 52, Miller 52, Scheurmann 53, Wade 54.
At Crawfordsville Country Club
Greencastle 165, Southmont 174
Greencastle -- Wheeler 40, Crimmins 40, Davis 42, Huber 43, Pritchard 47, Collins 47.
Southmont -- Actis 42, Binch 43, Lamont 46, Price 47, Teague 50.
JV match (Three-score match)
Greencastle 162, Speedway 153
Greencastle -- Wade 50, Chiarella 51, Benassi 61.
Next match -- Greencastle travels to the Terre Haute Invitational at Rea Park on Saturday.