GHS golf downs North and Crawfordsville
Tuesday night saw the Greencastle boys' golf team defeat North Putnam and Crawfordsville at home to run its record to 6-1 on the season. The Tiger Cubs shot a 158, while North Putnam came in second with a 172 and Crawfordsville was third with 184.
Greencastle's average score of 39.5 was hard to beat, but the Cougars and Athenians gave them all they had.
"I feel really fortunate," GHS coach Donovan Wheeler said. "I feel fortunate that Dr. Jekyll showed up and not Mr. Hyde."
Greencastle has had some up and down scores on the year, but with a young squad looking to gain more confidence, Wheeler knows how huge Tuesday's win was.
"We needed this, we really needed this," Wheeler commented. "Our confidence was starting to sag. We were really starting to doubt some things."
David Lilly led GHS with a 35 and took medalist honors, while Nick Pritchard came in under 40, with a 39. Luke Crimmins posted a 41 and Jacob Collins rounded out Greencastle's scoring with a 43 to give the Tiger Cubs the victory.
North Putnam was led by Patrick Byrd's 40. He was followed by J.J. Burns with a 42. Austin Malayer and Jeremy Redman both shot a 45 to put the Cougars in second place.
"It's disappointing," NPHS coach Keith Bodnarick said. "Donovan always does a really good job of getting his kids prepared. Obviously he had his kids a lot better prepared than I did."
While gaining the win, Wheeler felt the Tiger Cubs gave away too many shots, especially on the greens.
"We'll be on the putting green all day tomorrow," Wheeler said. "We bled shots all over the place."
Even with his disappointment on the greens, Wheeler liked what he saw as he witnessed his team attacking the course.
"It was nice to see them play a little more deliberate and nice to see them just get some breaks and opportunities go their way," Wheeler commented.
Both Wheeler and Bodnarick commented on the good conditions of the course, but Wheeler also acknowledged Greencastle's home course advantage.
"Windy Hill did its job today," he said
Greencastle will travel to Monrovia to play the Bulldogs and Cascade tomorrow at 4 p.m, while the Cougars will compete in the Covington Invitational Saturday at 9 a.m.
Windy Hill Country Club
Greencastle 158, North Putnam 172, Crawfordsville 184
Medalist -- David Lilly (GHS) 35.
Greencastle (6-1) -- Lilly 35, Pritchard 39, Crimmins 41, Collins 43, Wade Huber 48, Kyle Harlan 51.
North Putnam (10-3) -- Byrd 40, Burns 42, Malayer 45, Redman 45, Eric Whitaker 47, Kyle Smith 50.
Crawfordsville (4-5) -- B.J. Newton 41, Michael Ruiz 44, Michael Cuadrado 49, Andrew Fishero 50, Seth Hendrickson 51, Evan Bayless 53.
Next match -- Greencastle will travel to Monrovia to play the Bulldogs and Cascade tomorrow at 4 p.m, while the Cougars will compete in the Covington Invitational Saturday at 9 a.m.
COUNTY GOLF ROUNDUP
South golf falls in home opener
BRAZIL -- The South Putnam Eagles boys' golf squad dropped its contest with Edgewood at home Tuesday night. South Putnam scored 172 on the night while Edgewood tallied a 157.
Senior Ben Anderson led the way for the Eagles, shooting a 38 and was the only Eagle under 40.
"Ben Anderson's play would be the high point of the match for us," South coach Scott Ricke said.
Tyler Newby scored a 42 and Jon Weaver collected a 45. Cory Welty rounded out the scoring for South Putnam with a 47.
"We played pretty well out there," Ricke commented. "Our focus was good and as a team we started to get our scores closer to where they should be.
"We still have a lot of room for improvement, but this is a positive step in the right direction."
South Putnam's junior varsity defeated Edgewood 215-228. Trea Boyce led the way with 51.
The Eagles will travel to Covington to compete in the Covington Invitational Saturday at 9 a.m.
Oak Ridge Golf Course
Edgewood 157, South Putnam 172
Medalists -- Brooks Davis (E) 38, Ben Anderson (SP) 38.
Edgewood -- Oard 36, Davis 38, Pace 39, Josiah Anderson 44, Justin Force 44.
South Putnam -- Anderson 38, Newby 42, Weaver 45, Welty 47, Robinson 54.
Edgewood 228, South Putnam 215
Edgewood -- Ackerman 46, Baugh 54, Wolcott 59, Lewis 69.
South Putnam -- Boyce 51, Huck 52, Whitman 54, Chadd 58.
Next match -- The Eagles will travel to Covington to compete in the Covington Invitational Saturday at 9 a.m.