North Putnam golfers edge out host Cloverdale, Lighthouse Academy

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Aaron Whitlock

CLOVERDALE -- The Cloverdale boys' golf team used its home course to its advantage on Monday but fought to a one-stroke loss to North Putnam, 189-190. Lighthouse Academy finished the three-team meet with a 227.

North Putnam junior Mason Asher shot a 44 at the nine-hole event for the lowest score of the day, but he was closely pursued by NPHS senior Jon Willard and Cloverdale's Aaron Whitlock, who each shot a 45.

"Once again, consistency from shot to shot and hole to hole is giving us fits," Cloverdale coach Doug Wokoun said. "We had perfect conditions to play in but we did not take advantage of it."

North Putnam's field rounded out with Bennet Hazelgrove's 48, Jake Smith's 52, Danny Smith's 53 and Austin Judy's 53.

"Several Cougar players were between seven and 10 strokes higher than any of their scores yet this season," NPHS coach Linda Patrick said. "The boys couldn't adjust to the fast greens as well as having some really bad tee shots not hitting the fairways."

Freddie Fislar (47), Chase Snyder (49) and Rylan Mattocks (49) each scored for the Clovers.

They were followed by Devin Bassett's 50 and Dustin Cummings' 62.

"I think coach Patrick would agree that neither team played anywhere close to its capabilities," Wokoun said. "I know how frustrated our group is and the North Putnam group has to be equally frustrated.

"The weather last week made practicing difficult and both teams suffered from that. The golfers in this match are capable of much better."

Cloverdale had been scheduled to host Monrovia on Tuesday. Its next match is Thursday against Greencastle and Plainfield at Windy Hill.

North Putnam missed three matches last week due to weather and hopes to make them up this week.

"Mason played well but not as well as he had hoped," Patrick said. "Jon Willard carded a 45 and was able to hold his game together with the highest number of pars, fairway hits, and GIRs for the night. Ben Hazelgrove shot an impressive 48 and showed a great decrease in his number of putts for a match."

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