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South Putnam soars to county golf title

Friday, September 14, 2012

South Putnam captured its second straight Putnam County Tournament title Thursday. The Eagles won with a score of 195. South Putnam's team is comprised of Caitlyn Boyce, Madison Cash, Kyndra Boyce, Sarah Woodworth, Clair Perry and head coach Brian McClure. Cash, Caitlyn Boyce and Kendra Boyce made the 2012 All-County Tournament team. [Order this photo]
CLOVERDALE -- With bright skies and a cool breeze blowing over the course at Clover Meadows, South Putnam was able to walk away with its second consecutive Putnam County title. Cloverdale's Sydney Shrum was the tournament's medalist with a round of 37.

The Eagles won the 2012 tournament with a score of 195, with Greencastle placing second with a 201. Cloverdale was third with a 209 and North Putnam was fourth with a score of 215.

"It's awesome," South Putnam head coach Brian McClure said of the win. "I'm proud of the girls. It's two years in a row now we've been fortunate. We picked a good time to play some of their best golf of the year. We're just excited for them and proud of them.

Cloverdale senior Sydney Shrum posted a round of 37 to earn medalist honors during the 2012 Putnam County Tournament Thursday. [Order this photo]
"They've been working hard for this. (They've been looking) forward to county, so it feels good."

South Putnam swept second through fourth on the 2012 All-County team with Madison Cash leading the way with a 45. Caitlyn Boyce followed with a 46 and Kendra Boyce added a 47. Sarah Woodworth carded a 57 and Clair Perry shot a 64.

Tiger Cub Liz Johnson shot a 49 to lead Greencastle and earn seventh on the All-County team.

Lokysa Scheuermann shot a career-best round of 50. Kenzie St. Marie and Lauren Bridgewater shot rounds of 51, with Haley Cash shooting a 79.

"We played really good one through four," Greencastle head coach Brad Kingma said. "That's really consistent with four girls within two strokes of each other. Kenzie really wanted to get a medal and she just kind of lost it on a couple holes and didn't finish well."

He was pleased for Johnson to make the All-County squad and for Scheuermann's career-round.

He acknowledged that having his top four golfers within two strokes of each other propelled the team into its second place finish.

The Clovers struggled beyond Shrum's low round of 37, with the senior being the team's lone representative on the All-County team. Harlee Fuetter shot a 55, with Anna Spencer adding a 57. Makayla Moore and Payton Dorsett posted rounds of 60 for Cloverdale.

Cloverdale head coach Matthew Langdon noted the round didn't start off the best, but was impressed with how his team was able to respond.

"I thought our young girls had a couple bad holes, which maybe made it rough for that first place competing with South Putnam because they were kind of the favorite coming in," Langdon said. "But I was really pleased with how they reacted to those bad starts.

"Our young girls came in with some very good scores for their first rounds out. I was very happy with our score after the start we had."

While the team scores weren't exactly what they were hoping for, North Putnam did land two golfers on the All-County team. Ellen Wilborn shot a 48 and Josie Parent shot a 49 to earn fifth and six on the county list, respectively.

Olivia Zarate shot a 58, Jessie Cox shot a 60 and Emmy Rees shot a 70. Cougars head coach Linda Patrick admitted that while she was excited to have two players on the All-County team, the overall performance was somewhat of a letdown.

"The ones I thought would play well did," Patrick said. "I had one that I thought was going to be playing a little better. She just had a tough time. Her score came in and it kind of surprised me. So I guess I could say I was a little disappointed in the score today with some of the things that been going on with practice and our games.

"It's just one of those things, it is what it is. We'll go down to Forest Park and start again."

With the county tournament in the books, the teams now turn their attention to the sectional on Saturday. McClure said it's a quick turnaround and believes that if his team plays like they have been, good thing may be in store.

He said that Thursday's win would go a long way to helping lift the team's confidence level

"Yeah, we don't get a lot of time to think about this," McClure said. "Two days and we have sectional, so we'll try to turn around tomorrow and get ready for it. It's definitely good momentum going into sectional. You can't beat it.

"There are some good teams in our sectional, but if we can duplicate what we did and take this momentum and play well, you never know. Anything can happen."

The biggest change on the sectional landscape is Cloverdale being moved from the Northview sectional and landing in Martinsville. Although the switch is to a tougher course, Langdon believes his No. 1 has a good shot of moving on if she plays to her potential.

"We get to switch up and there's only six teams in it, which is kind of unusually," Langdon said. "Usually in golf you have nine or 10 teams, but the girls are going to go up and practice the course tomorrow. Sydney's familiar with it. She's played it once or twice this year already."

He said Thursday's round was good for his younger golfers to get some experience under their belts. He said now they can set new goals for next year's tournament.

As far as Shrum, he said the senior made it to regional last year, but has set higher goals this season.

"Sydney went to regional last year and she's set her goals to try to make that state meet this year. If she plays like she did tonight and like she has, then I think it is possible," Langdon said.

South Putnam, Greencastle and North Putnam will compete at the Northview Sectional, while Cloverdale will travel to the Martinsville Sectional. Both tournaments tee off at 8 a.m. Saturday.

At Cloverdale

1. South Putnam 195, 2. Greencastle 201, 3. Cloverdale 209, 4. North Putnam 215

Medalist -- Shrum (CHS) 37

South Putnam -- C. Boyce 46, Cash 45, K. Boyce 47, Woodworth 57, Perry 63

Greencastle -- St. Marie 51, Johnson 49, Bridgewater 51, Scheuermann 50, Cash 79

Cloverdale -- Shrum 37, Moore 60, Spencer 57, Fuetter 55, Dorsett 60

North Putnam -- Parent 49, Wilborn 48, Cox 60, Zarate 58, Rees 70

2012 All-County Team

1. Shrum (CHS) 37, 2. Cash (SP) 45, 3. C. Boyce 46, 4. K. Boyce 47, 5. Wilborn (NP) 48, 6. Parent (NP) 49, 7. Johnson (GHS) 49