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Cloverdale, Greencastle have success on the golf course

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Cloverdale boys' golf team traveled to West Vigo Monday and came away with a 171-212 victory.

Leading the way for Cloverdale was Chris Arnold's medalist round of 38. He was followed by Colte Tomlinson with a 42, Ryan Book with 45 and Sam Jordan with 46. Mike Mathews added a 50 and Cody Atwood chipped in a 53 in the Cloverdale win.

"Chris played very well, with an out-of-bounds the only blemish," CHS head coach Doug Wokoun said. "Colte posted a strong round and is coming along well. He has had a pretty good start and is becoming an important part of our team. Colte and Chris are both striking the ball well and making good decisions on the course.

"Ryan and Sam played well for the most part," he added. "Both had a glitch or two, but they are seniors and they are mentally tough enough to battle through. I think we are moving in a good direction and making progress. Most of our guys had never played Rea Park before and they did a credible job of managing what they encountered."

On Saturday, Cloverdale and fellow county school Greencastle competed at the Northview Invitational. GHS finished third, while Cloverdale finished 10th.

Leading the way for Greencastle was Jimmy Wheeler with 74, followed closely by Brad Haussin with a 75. Alex Davis carded a 75 and Ray Stinson and Luke Brotherton added scores of 82 each.

For Cloverdale, Arnold was just one-shot out of medaling with his round of 69. Tomlinson shot an 89 and Mike Matthews shot a 93. Ryan Book and Sam Jordan both ended with 95.

Terre Haute's Thomas Goss won medalist honors for his round of 68.

"Chris had a tremendous effort in pretty difficult circumstances to finish as individual runnerup," Wokoun said. "We were delayed about two hours, and it was still quite wet through most of the round. He had a few miscues, but recovered from them very well. He struck the ball well and made some big putts. We felt he could compete with the best in the tournament, and he more than held his own.

"The team had a really good score on the front side, but we did not play the back well at all," Wokoun continued. "Since we started and finished on the back, the middle part of our effort was very good, but we started and finished poorly. Colte had a decent back nine, but Ryan, Sam and Mike all had some struggles. We were hoping to be a little better, but much of our shortcomings are correctable, and we will work to sharpen up this week."