Clovers, Tiger Cubs battle at Northview Invitational
By CAREY FOX
For the Banner Graphic
BRAZIL -- The steady rains that fell on the area over Thursday and Friday weren't enough to dampen the scores at the Riddell National Bank Northview Invitional on Saturday at Forest Park Golf Course in Brazil.
In fact, two scoring records nearly fell under sunny, though cool conditions.
Edgewood's Harrison Carmichael didn't let a soggy course dampen his assault on a possible invitational record, posting a 33 on the front nine and following that with a 34 to finish just two strokes off the invite record.
His Mustang teammates were apparently spurred on by his play, with Josiah Ashba shooting a 71 and Mitch Oard carding a 72 to push the team to the verge of a team invite record.
While Edgewood took home the team championship with its round of 289, the Mustangs narrowly missed the record of 288 set several years ago by Terre Haute South.
The Greencastle Tiger Cubs placed fifth as a team, scoring a 322 to finish 14 strokes back of Turkey Run and 19 behind both Terre Haute South and Nothview's 303.
The Tiger Cubs were led by Brad Haussin's score of 75 after a 37 on the front nine and a consistent 38. His teammates also provided solid, balanced play as both Luke Crimmins and Jimmy Wheeler shot 82 with Wade Huber tallying an 83 and Tyler Hopkins carding an 85.
The Cloverdale Clovers, posted a team score of 350, led by a 75 from Chris Arnold.
Though his team stood in 10th place, coach Doug Wokoun felt his team would improve as the season wore on.
"Because it's early in the season, we're very inconsistent," the Cloverdale coach admitted. "I saw some positive things today and some things we'll work on."
As for Arnold's effort on the Forest Park Course, Wokoun credited him with battling for the round of 75.
"Chris shot about where we thought he would," Wokoun said. "The encouraging part was he had some things go wrong, but he still competed for his score. We'll eventually get the other guys doing the same thing. There were a lot of reasons to be encouraged today."
Wokoun's squad also got an 88 from Mike Wellington along with an 89 from Keith Hathorn, a 98 from Gary Williams and a 102 from Sam Jordan.
"We're not discouraged. There's nothing I've seen that can't be fixed," Wokoun said. "Our goal is to compete for the county and conference titles and we've got a lot of time."
Riddell National Bank Northview Invitational
At Forest Park Golf Course
Team scores: Edgewood 289, T.H. South 303*, Northview 'A' 303, Turkey Run 308, Greencastle 322, South Vermillion 324, T.H. North 325, Northview 'B' 325, Linton 325, Cloverdale 350, Sullivan 359, Clay City 366.
* - Placed second due to better fifth score.
1. Harrison Carmichael (EW) 67, Josiah Ashba (EW) 71, Jordan Bradbury (Ln) 70, Zach Hosking (THS) 70, Brandon Bekkering (SV) 72, Thomas Goss (THS) 72, Mitch Oard (EW) 72, Kade Baker (Nv) 73, Brad Haussin (GC) 75, Chris Arnold (CL) 75, Eric Newton (TR) 75
Brad Haussin 75, Luke Crimmins 82, Jimmy Wheeler 82, Wade Huber 83, Tyler Hopkins 85
Chris Arnold 75, Mike Wellington 88, Keith Hathorn 89, Gary Williams 98, Sam Jordan 102