Henryville, Hurst Win SAC Titles
5/23/2015 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
Henryville easily out-stroked South Central to win the Southern Athletic Conference championship Saturday at Champions Pointe.
Borden’s Kamden Hurst edged the Hornets’ Luke Davidson by a stroke to win the individual SAC crown. Hurst took the lead with a birdie on the second hole and held on for a 2-over 74 despite a bogey on the final hole.
Charlie Lefebvre and Mason Edwards backed up Davidson with an 85-apiece to help the Hornets repeat as champions. Conner Furnish’s 89 also helped Henryville’s cause.
Reilly Gray shot an 87 and Carter Hurst a 91 for Borden, which was beaten by the Rebels by a single stroke for second place.
New Washington finished sixth, led by Matt Wilson’s 113.
Teams: Henryville 334 (Davidson 75, Edwards 85, Lefebvre 85, Furnish 89, Reister 104), South Central 348, Borden 349, Lanesville 421, New Washington 479, Crothersville NTS.
Henryville Comes Out on Top at Hidden Creek
5/21/2015 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
SELLERSBURG — Henryville put together a solid performance and was able to come away with the win over Silver Creek and Austin at Hidden Creek Golf Club on Thursday.
As a team Henryville shot a 158, just three strokes better than Silver Creek’s 161. Austin finished with a 204. Silver Creek’s Sam Garr posted the best score of the day. He shot a 1-under-par 34, which was good enough for medalist honors.
The Hornets were led by Luke Davidson, who just missed tying Garr with a 35. Mason Edwards finished with a 38, Charlie Lefebvre shot a 40, Conner Furnish a 45 while Bailey Reister and Brant Badger rounded the Hornets out with a 47 and 49.
“I’m really pleased with the improvement we’ve had over the past few weeks,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “Hopefully, we can continue over the final part of our season.”
The Dragons’ Cody Zimmerman and Jacob Harper both shot a 42. Jared Cecil added a 43, Chris Cunningham finished with a 45 and Hunter Popp shot a 55 for Silver Creek.
Henryville 158: Davidson 35, Edwards 38, Lefebvre 40, Furnish 45, Reister 47, Badger 49
Silver Creek 161: Garr 34, Zimmerman 42, Harper 42, Cecil 43, Cunningham 45, Popp 55
Austin 204: Carter 41, Beck 45, T. Johnson 58, Love 60, C. Johnson 64, Nease 62
Hornets Win Quad-match
5/14/2015 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “We’re playing well and are very close to posting really good scores. We’re just a couple of strokes per player away. I like the direction we’re headed.”
Henryville 173: Davidson 39, Lefebvre 42, Edwards 44, Reister 48, Grimm 49, Furnish 57
Lanesville 200: Shephard 41, Kennedy 49, Patterson 53, Mason 57, Kaake 61, Hardin 63
Clarksville NTS: Bruner 72
Crothersville NTS: Ludeman 40, P. Adams 55, C. Adams 60
Henryville Wins West Clark Shootout
5/12/2015 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “I think this is an important match for each of the schools, so it’s always nice to win. It was very windy, so overall, I’m pleased with the scores. Hopefully, we can play well this Thursday and start building some momentum and confidence heading into the last few weeks of our season.”
Henryville 15: Davidson 5, Furnish 4, Lefebvre 3, Reister 3, Edwards 2, Glass -2
Silver Creek 8: Garr 9, Cecil 3, Harper -2, Zimmerman -2, Dean -9
Borden -2: K. Hurst 10, Franklin 1, Nunn -6, Fraschella -7, Kruer -8, C. Hurst -9
Note: Modified Stableford scoring system was used for this match
Davidson Shines as Hornets Take Hauser Invite
5/9/2015 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
HOPE — After a first-place finish on Saturday at Clifty Creek Golf Course, the Henryville boys’ golf team finally got over the hump that was the Hauser Invitational.
Henryville finished with a team score of 337 and defeated second-place Trinity Lutheran by 17 strokes.
The Hornets were led by Luke Davidson, whose score of 78 was good enough to earn the event’s medalist honors. Davidson struggled early, but was able to clean up his play on the back nine and bring home medalist honors for a second straight year.
Mason Edwards finished with an 81 for the Hornets. His afternoon went the opposite of Davidson’s. Edwards scored well on the front nine, but he faded towards the end of the invitational.
Henryville’s Bailey Reister continued to improve and posted a career-low of 88.
“This course really tests your short game,” Embry said. “At times, we didn’t measure up. However, all in all we played well. We simply want to keep getting better.”
Teams: Henryville 337 (Davidson 78, Edwards 81, Reister 88, Lefebvre 90, Furnish 99), Trinity Lutheran 354, Hauser 379, Edinburgh 383, Triton Central 403, Morristown 425, Columbus Christian 426, Southwestern (Shelbyville) 434.
Hornets finish second in four-way
5/5/2015 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “Our short game was tested today and we struggled. We’ll keep working with the goal to be playing our best golf in a few weeks.”
South Central 166: Day 40, Gabhart 41, Henthrup 42, Stopinski 43, Goforth 46, Brown 51
Henryville 172: Edwards 41, Furnish 42, Davidson 43, Lefebvre 46, Glass 49, Reister 51
Borden 184: Hurst 40, Franklin 46, Gray 48, Fraschella 50, Nunn 52, Kruer 57
Crothersville NTS: Ludeman 44, P. Adams 59, C. Adams 65
Henryville defeats Charlestown
4/28/2015 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
SELLERSBURG — Henryville coach Robin Embry: "It was good to get three in the 30's. However, we need consistency from the 4 and 5 spot. We continue to improve and with the right commitment, we could be shooting some very good scores by the end of this season.
Henryville 158: Lefebvre 36, Davidson 38, Edwards 39, Glass 45, Furnish 47
Charlestown NTS: Matthews 43, Jackson 49, Christman 51
Hornets Take Fourth at Shawe Invitational
4/25/2015 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
MADISON — Henryville battled through rough conditions and finished in fourth place at the Madison Shawe Invitational with a team score of 177 Saturday at Sunrise Golf Club. The tournament was shortened to nine holes.
The Hornets played a solid round, but first-place Madison was still 19 strokes better. Henryville took a second team to the invite and that group shot a 223. The medalist was Madison’s Dylan Bilz with a 2-over-par 38.
Conner Furnish put together a good round and led the Hornets with a score of 40. Teammate Luke Davidson was right behind him, shooting a 42. Charlie Lefebvre finished with a 46, Bailey Reister shot a 49 and Mason Edwards closed out the first Henryville team with a 50.
Kristopher Glass led Henryville’s second team with a 52. Wyatt Kopp shot a 55, Brant Badger had a 56 and Will Buysman fired a 60 for the Hornets.
“The rain, cool temperatures and wet course provided a challenge for everyone,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “I was pleased with how our players handled the conditions. Our short game continues to be a weakness. We need to commit to making it a strength. Overall, we continue to improve and I believe our best golf is yet to be played.”
Teams: Madison 158, Madison No. 2 168, Jennings County 169, Henryville 177 (Furnish 40, Davidson 42, Lefebvre 46, Reister 49, Edwards 50), Scottsburg 190, South Decatur 198, Southwestern 215, Henryville No. 2 223 (Glass 52, Kopp 55, Badger 56, Buysman 60), Madison Shawe 244.
Henryville wins at Shadowood
4/20/2015 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
SEYMOUR — Henryville managed to squeak by Trinity Lutheran 181, 184 Monday at Shadowood.
The Hornets were led by medalist Luke Davidson. Davidson shot a 41 in the nine holes and finished with a two-stroke victory.
Henryville was provided with strong outings from its top three golfers. Davidson finished in first, and teammate Mason Edwards was right behind him with a 43. Charlie Lefebvre also finished in the top five with his 47.
Henryville 181: Davidson 41, Edwards 43, Lefebvre 47, Furnish 50, Glass 51, Reister 55
Trinity Lutheran 184: Criswell 43, Cd. Stuckwisch 44, Stahl 48, Pottschidtt 49, Keith 50, Criswell 51
Trinity Lutheran JV 208: Cy. Stuckwisch 44, D. Royalty 46, A. Royalty 59, Prentice 59, Fleener 66
Henryville JV 224: Badger 49, Grimm 55, Kopp 60, Buysman 60
Jeff takes Wooded View title
4/18/2015 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
CLARKSVILLE — Jeffersonvile’s picked up its biggest win of the year with its first-place finish in the Clarksville Wooded View Invitational on Saturday.
Jeffersonville just squeaked past the field and held off second-place Scottsburg by three strokes, 321-324.
The medalist was Scottsburg’s Luke Taylor, who shot a 75 on the day.
Jeffersonville was led by Jay Williams, who was just one shot behind Taylor’s medalist performance. Andrew Baldwin shot a 77 and Allen Crew shot a 79 for the Red Devils. Evan Craig and Nic Rasdon both finished with a 89.
New Albany finished with a score of 331 that landed the Bulldogs in third place. Cameron Walters led New Albany with a 77 and Ethan Hunter shot a 79.
Henryville took home fourth with a final total of 343. Luke Davidson was the low man for the Hornets with his 77. Charlie Lefebvre shot a 85 and Conner Furnish finished with a 87 for Henryville.
“This was similar to last Saturday,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “We played well on the front and a bit indifferent on the back. Hopefully, next weekend we can play well on both sides. Luke competed for medalist honors. However, three consecutive bogeys in the middle of his round had him playing catch up. He and the others are playing well. We want to continue to work and improve.”
Silver Creek put together a 344 and finished in fifth place on the day. Sam Garr shot a 79 for the Dragons.
Borden finished in seventh place and tallied a final score of 365. Borden was led by Kamden Hurst’s 84.
Rock Creek followed Borden, finishing with a score of 432. Max Vogen shot a 88 for the Lions.
Charlestown finished in 10th place with a total of 474. The Pirates’ top finishers were Miles Matthews, Kyle Jackson and Brady Christman. Matthews shot a 100.
New Washington and Christian Academy both shot a 477. New Washington was led by Matthew Wilson, who shot a 105, while Sam Limeberry finished with a 104 to lead the Warriors.
Teams: Jeffersonville 321, Scottsburg 324, New Albany 331, Henryville 343 (Davidson 77, Lefebvre 85, Furnish 87, Edwards 94, Reister 95), Silver Creek 344, North Harrison 354, Borden 365, Henryville #2 425 (Glass 96, Badger 101, Kopp 108, Buysman 119), Rock Creek 432, Salem 449, Charlestown 474, New Washington 477, Christian Academy 477
Henryville wins at Champions Pointe
4/15/2015 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “We’re improving and we want to continue to improve. It’s been fairly tough conditions for our first few matches and we’ve still managed to post respectable scores.”
Henryville 177: Davidson 40, Edwards 43, Lefebvre 46, Furnish 48, Reister 50, Badger 55, Glass 55
Borden 192: K. Hurst 41, Kruer 48, Gray 50 Frascella 53, Franklin 55, Nunn 57, C. Hurst 60
Charlestown 220: Matthews 48, Jackson 54, Watson 58, Christman 60
Hornets win four-way
4/13/2015 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
Luke Davidson shot a meet-best 2-over-par 38 to lead Henryville to an easy four-way victory at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Henryville on Monday.
Davidson earned birdies on three of his first four holes to lead the Hornets to a score of 176, which was 12 strokes better than runner-up South Central. Eastern was third with a 235 and Shawe was fourth with a 246.
Charlie Lefebvre carded a 42, Mason Edwards a 45, Bailey Reister shot a 51 and Conner Furnish a 52 for the Hornets.
Henryville 176: Davidson 38, Lefebvre 42, Edwards 45, Reister 51, Furnish 52, Badger 54
South Central 188: Brown 44, Henthrup 46, Day 48, Stopinski 50, Gabhart 50
Eastern 235: Emmert 52, Young 54, Shaffer 64, Hoke 65
Shawe 246: Edwards 49, Carrillo 62, Hambrick 66, Carrillo 69
Henryville Wins Season Opener
4/10/2015 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Luke Davidson earned medalist honors with a 43 to lead host Henryville to a 183-244 season-opening victory over New Washington in a dual meet at Champions Pointe Golf Club on Friday.
The Hornets’ Mason Edwards shot a 44, while teammate Conner Furnish fired a 46.
“It was good to get the season started,” Henryville head coach Robin Embry said. “Our players didn’t score as well as they’d like. However, it was tough conditions. It was a bit cool and the course was very wet.”
Collin Schindler and Matt Wilson led the Mustangs, each firing a 56.
Henryville 183: Davidson 43, Edwards 44, Lefebvre 50, Reister 50, Furnish 46, Badger 55
New Washington 244: Schindler 56, Wilson 56, Barger 66, Curry 66, Miles 71, Meadors 68.
Boys' Golf Season Preview
4/3/2015 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
FLOYDS KNOBS — Last year’s IHSAA State Finals had one major omission from the tournament field.
For the first time since 2008, perennial state power Floyd Central did not qualify for the state meet. The Highlanders placed fifth in last season’s Providence Regional at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Henryville, as the top three teams advanced to the state finals.
Prior to last season, Floyd Central had reached state in nine of the last 10 seasons.
Veteran Highlander head coach Mike Cason says his golfers have tons of determination to return to the state finals, which will be June 16-17 at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel.
“We had a team meeting the other day, and we set our one goal to be getting back to state,” Cason said. “Our regional is one of the strongest in the state, so we’ll have to play well. But our team is capable of playing well.”
Floyd Central’s top six players include four returning players and a couple of talented freshmen.
The returning quartet is seniors Clayton Crum and Billy Sleight, junior David Shepard and sophomore Adam Rutledge. Those players must pick up the slack left by last year’s two seniors in NTSPY Player of the Year Conner Welch and Jack Sparrow.
The two freshmen are Jack Lilly and Dylan Zink, and Cason thinks both rookies will be key factors in the Highlanders’ quest to qualify for state.
“They are the key to our season really,” Cason said. “They’re both smart players. They just need some seasoning and experience.”
Like most coaches, Cason is stressing to his players the importance of their short game if the Highlanders are going to make a deep run in the postseason.
“All of the kids are good ball strikers. They’ve got to work on their chipping and putting. But all of our kids are skilled,” Cason said.
The Highlanders’ challenging schedule should get them ready for the state tournament. Floyd Central will compete in three challenging invitationals in the first half of the season. They are the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational on Saturday at Covered Bridge Golf Club in Sellersburg, the Hall of Fame tournament Saturday, April 11 at Rock Hollow Golf Club in Peru and the Spring Preview tournament Saturday, April 18 at the Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
Cason expects the Bedford North Lawrence Invitational on Saturday, May 2 at Otis Park Golf Course in Bedford and the Legends of Providence Invitational on Saturday, May 30 at Champions Pointe to be tough tournaments as well.
Cason says the Highlanders must contend with Columbus East and Bedford at the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Saturday, May 16 at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus.
That formidable slate should get the Highlanders ready for the Providence Sectional on Monday, June 8 at Covered Bridge. They will expect the host Pioneers and No. 14 Corydon Central to battle them for the sectional title.
“I think we’ll be pretty darn good by the end of the year. I’m real excited about our team this year,” Cason said.
Boys' Golf Preview Capsules:
• HEAD COACH: Tony Wagoner, ninth season.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Elijah Franklin, Sr.; Kamden Hurst, Jr.; Reilly Gray, Jr.; Niko Frascella, Jr.; Carter Hurst, So.; Josh Nunn, So.
• NEWCOMERS: Logan Lee, Jr.; Brett Kruer, Fr.; Elijah Nunn, Fr.
• DEPARTURES: Tony Wagoner III.
• TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Henryville, South Central, Wooded View Invitational.
• OUTLOOK: Wagoner thinks his top three players in Franklin, Gray and Kamden Hurst are solid golfers. The Braves need a couple of other players to play well at the No. 4 and 5 spots. Kamden Hurst qualified for the Providence Regional last year, and Wagoner thinks the junior and Gray each have a shot to advance to regional this season. Wagoner thinks Borden is in the Southern Athletic Conference championship mix with the Hornets and the Rebels.
• WAGONER SAYS: “Our top three players are solidified. Reilly and Kamden both have the potential to get out of [sectional] this year. The conference is going to be a tossup between two or three of us.
• HEAD COACH: Adam Tolliver, fourth season.
• HOME COURSE: Hidden Creek Golf Club, Sellersburg.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Brady Christman, Sr.; John Watson, Jr.; Brevin Stubbins, Jr.
• NEWCOMERS: Kyle Jackson, Sr.; Miles Matthews, So.
• DEPARTURES: Chris Ison.
• TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Silver Creek, Brownstown Central, Corydon Central, Jeffersonville, Wooded View Invitational.
• OUTLOOK: Tolliver expects big things from Christman and Watson and looks for Stubbins to contribute a lot. He also likes what he sees from his two newcomers.
• TOLLIVER SAYS: “I’m looking forward to [the season]. Brady continues to grow in a leadership role. Watson improved a lot from his junior to senior year. Kyle Jackson and Miles Matthews have got potential.”
• HEAD COACH: Scott Limeberry, first season.
• HOME COURSE: Hidden Creek Golf Club, Sellersburg.
• ROSTER: Sam Limeberry, Fr.; Nate Bilkey, Jr.; Kevin Wang, Fr.; Zach Hampton, Fr.; Logan Cooley, Jr.; Dillon Kahl, Fr.; Josh Roy, So.
• OUTLOOK: For the first time in several seasons, the Warriors are fielding a complete team. Coach Limeberry’s plan is to get his players to learn the game and improve on their skills each day. Part of Christian Academy’s schedule consists of varsity matches, while the rest of the slate is junior varsity meets. The JV meets include matchups with Providence, Corydon Central and Silver Creek. The Warriors will play North Harrison, Crawford County, Clarksville and Lanesville on the varsity section of their schedule.
• COACH LIMEBERRY SAYS: “This is really a rebuilding year for us. I saw the need [for a team at CAI] and volunteered to coach and try to revitalize the program. We have a lot of younger kids and many new to the game altogether. So my expectation for this year is for my boys to learn and fall in love with the game of golf. I want this to be a year of growth to be built on by future seasons. Getting a program started has its challenges, but I have a great group of young men and am looking forward to a fun and productive season.”
• HEAD COACH: Scott Schermerhorn, second season.
• HOME COURSE: Wooded View Golf Course, Clarksville.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Charlie Lauffer, Sr.; Cody Bruner, So.; Luis Disoso, Sr.
• NEWCOMERS: Gavin Hagan, So.
• DEPARTURES: Brent Potter, Keigan Fetz.
• TOUGH TOURNAMENTS: Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational.
• OUTLOOK: Schermerhorn thinks the Generals have a shot to finish in the middle of the pack at the Mid-Southern Conference tournament. He expects his players to learn a lot about the game and enjoy playing it.
• SCHERMERHORN SAYS: “Basically, I want the boys to be students of the game. I want them to enjoy the game and have fun.”
• HEAD COACH: Mike Cason, 15th season.
• HOME COURSE: Valley View Golf Club, Floyds Knobs.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Clayton Crum, Sr.; Billy Sleight, Sr.; Adam Rutledge, So.; David Shepard, Jr.
• NEWCOMERS: Jack Lilly, Fr.; Dylan Zink, Fr.
• DEPARTURES: Conner Welch, Jack Sparrow.
• TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Columbus East, Bedford North Lawrence, Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational, Hall of Fame tournament, Spring Preview tournament, Bedford North Lawrence Invitational, Legends of Providence Invitational.
• OUTLOOK: After missing the state finals for the first time since 2008 last season, the Highlanders are motivated to get back to state. Floyd’s top two freshmen — Lilly and Zink — are expected to play key roles in the Highlanders’ attempt to return to the state finals. Floyd Central’s difficult schedule should get it ready for competitive fields at the Providence Sectional and Providence Regional.
• CASON SAYS: “We had a team meeting the other day, and we set our one goal to be getting back to state. Our regional is one of the strongest in the state, so we’ll have to play well. But our team is capable of playing well.”
• HEAD COACH: Robin Embry, 16th season.
• HOME COURSE: Champions Pointe Golf Club, Henryville.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Charlie Lefevbre, Sr.; Bailey Reister, Sr.; Luke Davidson, Jr.; Mason Edwards, Jr.
• NEWCOMERS: Cole Grimm, Jr.; Will Buysman, So.; Brant Badger, Fr.; Kristopher Glass, Fr.; Conner Furnish, Fr.; Wyatt Kopp, Fr.
• DEPARTURES: none.
• TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Providence, Silver Creek, Borden, Lanesville, Crothersville, Salem, Trinity Lutheran, Wooded View Invitational, Madison Shawe Invitational, Hauser Invitational, West Clark Shootout, SAC Championship.
• OUTLOOK: Embry thought his four returning players each improved last season, and he expects their games to continue to grow this year. Embry hopes that constant improvement will help his team advance out of the Madison Sectional on Monday, June 8. The Hornets will be led by Davidson, who qualified for the Providence Regional last season.
• EMBRY SAYS: “I expect our returning players to have good seasons. They improved considerably last season and they’ll continue to improve this season. Our new players have the potential for some good scores and will provide us with some depth. We’re excited to get started and improve throughout the season. Madison and Jennings County will probably be the top couple of teams [at sectional]. In addition, Scottsburg, Southwestern and Rising Sun will be good. However, by the end of the season, we may be able to compete for one of the top three spots and advance to the regional.”
• HEAD COACH: Dusty Corum, fifth season.
• HOME COURSE: Elk Run Golf Club, Jeffersonville (formerly Jeff Elks).
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Evan Craig, Sr.; Nick Rasdon, Sr.; Andrew Baldwin, Sr.; Jake Melin, Jr.; Zach Brinkley, Jr.; Jordan Blackwell, Jr.; Allen Crews, So.; Blake Berry, So.
• NEWCOMERS: Jay Williams, Fr.; Brendan Benning, So.
• DEPARTURES: Dillon Willis.
• TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Floyd Central, Providence, New Albany, Madison, Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational, Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.
• OUTLOOK: Corum likes the veterans he has on this year’s team and has high hopes for Williams, who is expected to be the Red Devils’ No. 1 golfer. Corum says Williams is capable of shooting between 36 and 38 in nine-hole matches. The Jeff coach thinks his team can win more than half of its matches this season.
• CORUM SAYS: “We finally have the experience. We’ve got six guys who can be solid. They can shoot in the upper 30s to low 40s [in nine-hole matches].”
• HEAD COACH: Rick Belcher, 11th season.
• HOME COURSES: Covered Bridge Golf Club, Sellersburg; Champions Pointe Golf Club, Henryville; Elk Run Golf Club, Jeff (The Bulldogs are using those courses while their original home course — Valley View Golf Club — is under construction.)
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Addison Greenwell, Jr.; Cameron Walters, Jr.; Kunal Bhanushali, Sr.; Ethan Hunter, Jr.; Adam Rivera, So.; Digby Langness, Jr.
• NEWCOMERS: Matt Joyce, Fr.; Kameron Guess, Fr.; Joey Steinert, Fr.
• DEPARTURES: Jonny Smith, Bret Walts.
• TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Bloomington South, Corydon Central, Floyd Central, Providence, Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational, Bud Bennett Memorial Invitational, Floyd Central Invitational, HHC Tournament, Legends of Providence Invitational.
• OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs have four upperclassmen with lots of experience in Greenwell, Walters, Bhanushali and Hunter. Bhanushali advanced out of the Providence Sectional last season and Greenwell was in position to qualify for regional, but got disqualified at sectional. With its experience, New Albany has a solid chance to advance to regional as a team.
• BELCHER SAYS: “I expect to continue to improve and compete at sectionals. Addison and Kunal both shot in the 70s at sectionals last year. If we can get them there again or lower, with Cameron and Ethan possibly getting there as well, then we should be good. Our practice scores haven’t been great so far, but so many of them are still knocking the rust off and remembering how to score. I just have to figure out which of my underclassmen will step up to fill that No. 5 spot.”
• HEAD COACH: Bret James, third season.
• HOME COURSE: Spring Hill Golf Course, Hanover.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Matt Wilson, Sr.; Collin Schindler, Sr.; John Barger, Jr.; Mike Curry, Jr.; Andrew Wilson, Jr.
• NEWCOMERS: Logan Miles, Sr.; Will Meadors, So.
• DEPARTURES: none.
• TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Henryville, SAC Championship.
• OUTLOOK: James expects Matt Wilson and Schindler to step up their leadership roles. The Mustangs’ boss likes the work ethic his underclassmen are displaying and hopes that will show up in their scores.
• JAMES SAID: “This will be our best year so far since I took over as coach. We have several returning players that are getting better with each round. Matt Wilson and Collin Schindler should be our leaders this year. But some of the underclassmen are really taking it serious and working hard to get better. I’m looking forward to getting Matt Wilson off to a great start, and Collin Schindler will follow his lead. Our goal is to break the 200 mark [on nine holes] this year.”
• HEAD COACH: Ken Allender, sixth season.
• HOME COURSE: Covered Bridge Golf Club, Sellersburg.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Mitchell Allender, Sr.; Kevin Crone, Jr.; Max Leist, Jr.; Evan Wilson, Sr.
• NEWCOMERS: Ben Arnson, So.; Jarrett Rowe, Fr.
• DEPARTURES: Erich Day.
• TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Center Grove, Corydon Central, Floyd Central, New Albany, Sollman Invitational.
• OUTLOOK: Like Floyd Central, the Pioneers are trying to return to the state finals. They have fallen short of qualifying for state the past two seasons after making five consecutive trips from 2008-2012. Ken Allender thinks he has the experience to advance to state. It is just a matter of how well his team can play in the ultra-competitive Providence Regional on Thursday, June 11 at Champions Pointe.
• COACH ALLENDER SAYS: “I expect to have a real good season. We’ve got great senior leadership. I think we can be a very dangerous team come sectional time. We’re in a very strong regional. We should be right there. If we play well that day, we should be in the running.”
• HEAD COACH: Kaleb Lay, second season.
• HOME COURSES: Wooded View Golf Course, Clarksville; Elk Run Golf Club, Jeff.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Max Vogen, So.; Torin Jenkins, Sr.; Ben Hill, Sr.; Luke Thompson, Sr.
• NEWCOMERS: Blake Joseph, Sr.; Will Brown, Sr.
• TOUGH OPPONENTS: North Harrison, Scottsburg.
• OUTLOOK: Lay expects Vogen to have better performances than last season. The Lions’ mentor is looking for consistency from Jenkins, Hill and Thompson.
• LAY SAYS: “I expect Max to improve upon last season in the scoring column. He has a great natural swing, and now with a year under his belt, I expect his match performances to improve. I also expect Torin, Ben and Luke to be more consistent and really work on their ball striking. Blake and Will display the dedication it takes to improve over the course of the season and make an impact come sectional time. Hopefully, we can grow as a team and be competitive in all our matches.”
• HEAD COACH: Joe Ledbetter, 23rd season.
• HOME COURSE: Hidden Creek Golf Club, Sellersburg.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Sam Garr, Sr.; Jacob Harper, So.; Cody Zimmerman, Jr.; Ryan Baker, Jr.
• NEWCOMERS: Jacob Balz, So.; Chris Cunningham, So.
• DEPARTURES: None.
• TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Corydon Central, Floyd Central, New Albany, Providence, Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational, Mid-Southern Conference tournament.
• OUTLOOK: Ledbetter expects a big year from Garr. The senior, who Ledbetter says is the second-longest hitting golfer he has coached in his 23 seasons at Creek, has the potential to earn a berth at the state finals. The Dragons’ team goals are the same — compete for the MSC title and try to make it out of sectional. Ledbetter says he has 15 players in his program this season after 22 tried out for the squad.
• LEDBETTER SAYS: “I kind of sound like a broken record, but we’re going to try to win conference or compete well at conference and try to make it out of sectional. I’m looking for big things out of Sam this year. He’s worked on his course management. It wouldn’t shock me [if Garr makes state].”