Last Updated: June 17, 2016
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2016 Individual Season Statistics (Boys)

Player Rds. (9-hole) Average Low Score Course
Luke Davidson 24 39.8 34 Hidden Creek (Links) GC
Conner Furnish 22 42.5 39 Champions Pointe GC
Mason Edwards 20 43.9 40 Champions Pointe GC
Clayton Fields 22 48.0 40 Hidden Creek (Links) GC
Kris Glass 20 50.4 44 Wooded View GC
Brant Badger 10 53.5 48 Hidden Creek (Links) GC


2016 Season (Boys)


NTSPY Finalist - Boys' Golf
6/16/2016 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

Although arguments could have been made for a couple other golfers to make the NTSPY finalist list, there's little question that Jeffersonville's Jay Williams, Providence's Kevin Crone and reigning Golfer of the Year Addison Greenwell of New Albany were among the best all season.

Now the question becomes which is the best. The three have nearly identical resumés, making the NTSPY Committee's job very difficult.

An independent panel chose the Players of the Year for each of the 19 sports, along with an overall Player of the Year, a multiple-sport Athlete of the Year, a Coach of the Year and Team of the Year last Friday. The Boys’ Golfer of the Year award recipient will be announced at the NTSPY Awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 21 at Eastside Christian Church in Jeffersonville.

The Providence senior had a strong final campaign and came on strong when it counted. Crone improved his score by 12 strokes at Covered Bridge in one week to help the Pioneers win their first sectional championship in 18 years. A week after a round of 84 at the Legends of Indiana, Crone shot an even-par 72 at the sectional. At the regional at Champions Pointe, Crone's 76 again led Providence.

The New Albany senior and reigning Player of the Year advanced to the state finals for the first time in his career. Greenwell shot a 1-over par 73 at last week's Providence Regional at Champions Pointe to take one of the five state finals positions designated for individual players. He finished 13th in the state with a 4-over par at the state finals to earn All-State honors.

Williams had a stellar sophomore season and topped it off with the medalist honor at the Providence Sectional at Covered Bridge. The Jeffersonville sophomore was the only player to go below par with a 1-under 71. His birdie on the 13th hole helped give him a one-stroke victory over Providence's Kevin Crone. At last Thursday's regional at Champions Pointe, Williams carded an 86.

FIRST TEAM: Kevin Crone, Providence senior; Luke Davidson, Henryville senior; Addison Greenwell, New Albany senior; Jay Williams, Jeffersonville sophomore; Dylan Zink, Floyd Central sophomore

SECOND TEAM: Kamden Hurst, Borden senior; Nolan Keeler, New Albany freshman; Jack Lilly, Floyd Central sophomore; Max Leist, Providence senior; David Shepherd, Floyd Central senior

HONORABLE MENTION: Jacob Balz, Silver Creek; Allen Crews, Jeffersonville; Reilly Gray, Borden; Jacob Harper, Silver Creek; Ethan Hunter, New Albany; Carter Hurst, Borden; Kyle Oelker, Providence; Joey Steinert, New Albany; Cameron Walters, New Albany.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Ken Allender, Providence


Hornets finishes fourth at Madison
6/6/2016 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

MADISON — Henryville finished a gut-wrenching fourth at Monday's Madison Sectional at Sunrise Golf Course.

The top three teams advance to Thursday's Providence Regional at the Hornets' home course of Champions Pointe.

"We were right there again," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Similar to last season, we struggled on the front then played well on the back. We've had another good season, winning another conference title, another Hauser Invitational title and setting the school scoring record for 18 holes. However, we're disappointed by not claiming one of the top three sectional spots and advancing to the regional. Yet, it's good to have four returning players, that with a real commitment, will have a chance to challenge for a regional spot next season."

Henryville's Luke Davidson finished sixth overall and was the first golfer on a non-advancing team. That will put Davidson in the regional as an individual for the third time.

We're very happy for Luke," Embry said. "Like the rest, he struggled on the front. However, he carded the best second nine of the sectional. He's the first [boys'] golfer we've had to advance to three IHSAA regionals. He's played solid all season and is looking forward to his opportunity on Thursday."

Madison won the sectional by taking the top four individual scores. Austin Mahoney was the sectional champion with a par-72. Scottsburg and Jennings County were the other teams to advance. The Panthers finished 13 shots ahead of Henryville.

Rock Creek's Max Vogen shot an 88. New Washington finished 11th and Charlestown 12. New Wash senior John Barger led the Mustangs with a round of 98.

MADISON SECTIONAL: Madison 298, Scottsburg 330, Jennings County 332, Henryville 345 (Davidson 79, Furnish 86, Edwards 87, Fields 93, Glass 101), Rising Sun 360, Switzerland County 365, Southwestern 371, Austin 402, South Ripley 425, New Washington 442, Charlestown 526, Rock Creek Academy NTS, Shawe NTS.


Dragons edge Braves for West Clark title
6/3/2016 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — In the eighth-annual West Clark Shootout, Silver Creek edged Borden with a fifth-player tiebreaker to take the title.

Silver Creek's fifth-place finisher Garrett Perronie beat Borden's Josh Nunn by three points in the modified Stableford scoring system.

Defending champion Henryville finished third. The West Clark championship was the third for the Dragons and their first since 2012.

Borden's Kamden Hurst won his third straight individual title with a score of 18. The system awards eight points for a double eagle, six for an eagle, four for a birdie, two for par, zero for a bogey, minus-1 for a doublle bogey, minus-2 for a triple boys and minus-3 for any other score.

Henryville's Luke Davidson was second with a 16. Cody Zimmerman led the Dragons with a 14. Teammates Jacob Balz scored a nine and Bryce Crutcher a seven to help Creek to the team crown.

Silver Creek 35: Zimmerman 14, Balz 9, Crutcher 7, Harper 5, Perronie -4.
Borden 35: K. Hurst 18, C. Hurst 12, Gray 8, Lee -3, Nunn -7, Sowders -16.
Henryville 34: Davidson 16, Furnish 8, Edwards 6, Glass 4, Fields 3, Badger -7.


Henryville boys' golf second in 4-way meet
6/1/2016 by Staff (News & Tribune)

 HENRYVILLE — Henryville was second in a 4-way meet at Champions Pointe on Wednesday. 

Trinity Lutheran took the top spot and Austin’s Case Carter was the medalist with a par-36.

The Hornets were led by Luke Davidson’s 36 and Conner Furnish’s 40.

“Our first two spots have been fairly consistent,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “However, we continue to struggle a bit at the third and fourth spot. Hopefully, we can reduce those a few strokes and I think we’ll be OK.”

Max Vogen led Rock Creek with a round of 45.

Trinity Lutheran 166: Cd. Stuckwisch 39, Stahl 42, Cy. Stuckwisch 42, Jc. Keith 43, Jn. Keith 44, Royalty 47.
Henryville 172: Davidson 38, Furnish 40, Edwards 46, Glass 48, Fields 50, Badger 60.
Austin 197: Carter 36, Love 53, T. Johnson 54, P. Adams 54, C. Adams 59, C. Johnson 63.
Rock Creek NTS: Vogen 45, Dethy 66, Floyd 70.


Hilltoppers golfers 3rd at tri-meet
5/25/2016 by Staff (Madison Courier)

Shawe Memorial finished third in a three-way match at Sunrise Golf Course on Wednesday.

Henryville shot a 171 to win the match while Jennings County had a 184 and Shawe a 243.

Schuyler Edwards led Shawe with a 51 while Zach Stewart had a 59, Daniel Carrillo carded a 61 and Joe Lee shot a 72.

Henryville’s Luke Davidson was the low-medalist with a two-over 38. Conner Furnish had a 40, Mason Edwards and a 45 and Clayton Fields a 48 to round out the Hornets’ scoring. Brant Badger had a 49 and Kristopher Glass had a 57 in non-scoring rounds.

Bailey Wilder led Jennings County with a 40, Austin Risloe had a 44, Samson Miller a 49 and Briar Davis and Bryce Kirchner each had 51. Keegan Beal shot a non-scoring 55.

Henryville 171: Davidson 38, Furnish 40, Edwards 45, Fields 48, Badger 49, Glass 57
Jennings County 184: Wilder 40, Risloe 44, Miller 49, Davis 51, Kirchner 51, Beal 55
Shawe 243: Edwards 51, Stewart 59, Carrillo 61, Lee 72


Henryville nabs SAC title at Champions Pointe
5/21/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

 HENRYVILLE — With a strong back-nine performances by Henryville, the Hornets took home the Southern Athletic Conference Championship at Champions Pointe Golf Club on Saturday. 

Henryville has dominated the SAC, winning the last five championships and 11 of the last 12.

Henryville outlasted Borden 371-381 to take home the team prize. Crothersville finished third with a score of 468, Lanesville shot a 498 and New Washington finished with a 507.

"The course played very difficult today," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "It was a challenge. We were fortunate to win. We accepted the conditions, kept a good attitude and simply shot the lowest score we could on each hole. We're hoping for drier courses and sunny skies for the last couple weeks of our season."

The Braves led Henryville by three strokes after the first nine holes, but the top four Hornets all shot 52 or better on the back nine to clinch the win.

Davidson finished with a round of 79, including birdies on the sixth and 12th holes. Davidson has made the All-SAC squad all four years of competition. Other All-Conference Hornets were Conner Furnish and Mason Edwards. Borden's Kamdem Hurst, Riley Gray and Carter Hurst also earned the honor.

Henryville 371: Davidson 79, Furnish 89, Edwards 97, Fields 106.
Borden 381: K Hurst 83, Gray 83, C Hurst 100, Lee 115.
Crothersville 488: Ludeman 105, Elliot 115, Amick 122, Riley 146.
Lanesville 498: Wernert 111, Kaake 119, Walker 129, Winstead 139.
New Washington 507: Barger 111, Meadors 122, Swoboda 122, Ranyer 152.


Dragons Win 3-Way
5/19/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

SCOTTSBURG — Silver Creek knocked off both Henryville and Austin at Westwood on Thursday.

Despite finishing in third, Austin’s Case Carter was the round’s medalist with a score of 35.

Silver Creek was led by Garrett Perronie and Jacob Biaz, who both shot a 37.

Henryville’s Luke Davidson finished with a score of 38 in the Hornets’ runner-up finish.

“We struggled a bit with the elevated greens,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “However, we were still able to post a good score. We’ll put in some practice tomorrow and hopefully post some good scores Saturday.”

Silver Creek 156: Perronie 37, Biaz 37, Zimmerman 40, Harper 42.
Henryville 166: Davidson 38, Edwards 40, Furnish 44, Glass 50.
Austin 174: Carter 35, Love 44, Johnson 47, Beck 58.


Hornets Win 4-Way Meet
5/18/2016 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

SELLERSBURG — Luke Davidson shot a 1-under par 34 to lead Henryville to a four-way meet victory over Lanesville, Charlestown and Rock Creek at Hidden Creek.

Conner Furnish shot a 39 and Clayton Fields a 40 to help the Hornets to a 45-stroke victory over runner-up Lanesville.

"We played well today," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "I'm happy the players are seeing results from their practice. I'm looking forward to seeing how we finish the season."

Charlestown and Rock Creek fielded incomplete teams. The Lions were led by Max Vogen's 37. John Watson carded a 56 to lead the Pirates.

Henryville 159: Davidson 34, Furnish 39, Fields 40, Glass 46, Badger 48.
Lanesville 204: Wernert 47, Kaake 48, Winstead 52, Walker 57, Jolley 63.
Charlestown NTS: Watson 56, Carr 57, Barrett 63.
Rock Creek NTS: Vogen 37, Dethy 54, Floyd 68.


Hornets Take Down Lanesville
5/13/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Henryville earned a 182-253 win over conference-rival Lanesville at Champions Pointe.

Luke Davidson led the Hornets with a round of 38. He finished strong down the stretch, getting par on four of his last five holes.

“Luke carded a very good score considering the conditions,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “ With all the rain, the course was wet and the rough was tall and thick. It was a challenge to say the least. With the conditions and us missing one of our top players, I’m pleased with our score. We’ll keep working to get better.”

Henryville 182: Davidson 38, Furnish 44, Fields 45, Badger 55, Glass 61.
Lanesville 253: Walker 60, Werner 61, Winstead 64, Jooley 68, Kaake 69.


Hornets Take Hauser Invite
5/7/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

HOPE — Henryville put together a solid round at Clifty Creek on Saturday and beat out six other teams to claim the Hauser Invitational.

The Hornets were led by Luke Davidson, who was the tournaments medalist with an 18-hole round of 76.

HAUSER INVITATIONAL: Henryville 332 (Davidson 76, Edwards 81, Furnish 82, Fields 96, Glass 93), Trinity Lutheran 335, Triton Central 377, Hauser 382, Morristown 402, Edinburgh 421.


Rebels Edge Braves n 4-Way
5/5/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

ELIZABETH — Southern Athletic Conference rivals Borden and South Central tied with 179-apiece in a four-way meet at Chariot Run. The Rebels took the win by benefit of a better fifth score.

Borden’s Kamden Hurst took the medalist honor with a round of 1-over-par 37. Henryville, which finished third with a 185, was led by Conner Furnish’s 43.

South Central 179: Hentrup 42, Stopinski 43, Day 45, Lewis 49, Johnson 52.
Borden 179: K. Hurst 37, Grey 42, C. Hurst 46, Sowders 54, Lee 56, Nunn 62.
Henryville 185: Furnish 43, Edwards 44, Davidson 47, Fields 51.
Crothersville NTS: Amick 63, James 66, Riley 72, Pearce DQ.


Henryville Tops Jennings County at Champions Pointe
4/28/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Luke Davidson led the way for Henryville in its 167-179 win over Jennings County at Champions Pointe Golf Club on Thursday.

Davidson shot a 36 to earn medalist honors

Henryville 167: Davidson 36, Fields 43, Edwards 44, Furnish 44, Glass 51, Badger 52.
Jennings County 179: Simmons 41, Day 45, Kirchaer 45, Wilder 48, Kelley 48, Roscoe 52.


Red Devils Win Wooded View Invite
4/23/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

CLARKSVILLE — Led by medalist Jay Williams, Jeffersonville won the Wooded View Invitational on Saturday. Williams shot 74 in the victory. 

Luke Davidson led the Hornets and Henryville came in third place in the invitational.

"Overall, we played better than we had the past couple of matches," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "However, we remain a bit inconsistent. We'll keep working."

New Albany finished fourth, paced by Kameron Guess and his round of 88.

Jeffersonville 324, Scottsburg 335, Henryville 352 (Davidson 84, Edwards 85, Furnish 87, Glass 96, Fields 96) , New Albany 379, Salem 391, Christian Academy 398, Charlestown 532, Rock Creek NTS, Clarksville NTS.


Cougars Beat Henryville
4/16/2016 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

SEYMOUR — Host Trinity Lutheran shot a 164 to beat Henryville by 22 strokes in a dual meet Monday at Shadowood Golf Course.

Luke Davidson and Mason Edwards each shot a 43 to pace the Hornets. Cory Stuckwisch and Drew Royalty shared medalist honors with rounds of 40 for the Cougars.

"We've struggled the past couple of matches," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "Both courses exposed our short-game deficiencies and we're not getting a competitive score from our last few spots. Fortunately, we have the week to practice and prepare for this Saturday."

Trinity Lutheran 164: Cy. Stuckwisch 40, Royalty 40, Cd. Stuckwisch 41, Ja. Keith 43, Stahl 45, Jo. Keith 50.
Henryville 186: Davidson 43, Edwards 43, Furnish 46, Glass 54, Badger 56, Fields 56.


Hornets Finish Fifth at Crawford
4/16/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

MARENGO— Henryville didn't play as well as it would have liked at the Early Bird Invitational at the Lucus Oil Golf Course in Marengo on Saturday.

The Hornets finished fifth but were only nine shots from second place. Luke Davidson had a great round with a 39 to lead Henryville.

"We expect four scores below 45," Henryville caoch Robin Embry said. "We only had one, so obviously, it was a disappointing morning. However, we have a lot of golf in front of us. At this point we're inconsistent. We'll continue to work to improve in all phases."

EARLY BIRD TOURNAMENT (Lucus Oil Golf Course , Marengo)
Perry Central 167, Crawford County Orange 175, South Central 178, Paoli 182, Henryville 184 (Davidson 39, Furnish 47, Edwards 48, Badger 50, Fields 52), Lanesville 226, Rock Creek INC, Crawford County Brown INC.


Henryville Wins 4-Way
4/13/2016 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Henryville edged Southern Athletic Conference-rival Borden in a four-way meet at Champion Pointe on Wednesday.

Luke Davidson led the Hornets with a four-over par 40. He was tied for meet-best honors by Borden’s Carter Hurst. Conner Furnish shot a 41 and Mason Edwards for a 43 for Henryville.

“Our play is a bit inconsistent, not our best this evening.” Hornets coach Robin Embry said. ‘However, we’re making the necessary changes to allow us to score our best in late May and early June. I’m pleased with the improvements we’re making.”

Henryville 171: Davidson 40, Furnish 41, Edwards 43, Fields 47, Glass 50, Badger 59.
Borden 180: c. Hurst 40, K. Hurst 41, Gray 44, Nunn 55, Lee 59, Sowders 63.
Crothersville 262: Luedeman 49, Amick 70, Riley 71, James 72.
Charlestown 281: Hodges 68, Watson 70, Carr 71, Barrett 72.


Hornets Win 3-Way Match
4/12/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Led by Connor Furnish, Henryville beat both Eastern and Madison Shawe in a three-way match at Champions Pointe on Tuesday.

Furnish won medalist honors with a round of 39. Luke Davidson was just one shot off of the leader.

"I'm pleased with the scores we shot," Hornets' coach Robin Embry said. "The players are working on some necessary changes, so our scores will be a bit inconsistent for a while. I really like their attitude and effort, We're off to a good start."

Henryville 171: Furnish 39, Davidson 40, Edwards 45, Glass 47, Fields 52.
Eastern 237: Emmert 45, Marshall 55, Hoke 67, Starrett 70.
Shawe 238: Stewart 55, Edwards 57, J. Carillo 62, D. Carillo 64, Lee 69.


Boys Golf Season Preview
4/12/2016 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)

NEW ALBANY — During his high school career at New Albany, Addison Greenwell has performed below his personal expectations in the postseason.

The Bulldog senior has advanced as an individual to the Providence Regional just once, which was last season, and not reached his ultimate destination of the state finals.

In his final prep campaign in 2016, Greenwell hopes this is the year where he can walk away from a postseason effort a proud young man by reaching state.

“I think that’s the only goal he’s got left,” New Albany head coach Rick Belcher said. “As an individual, I know that’s probably the one thing that if he does it, then he’ll think his high school career is complete.”

Greenwell shot a 93 in his freshman year at sectional as he was 17 strokes shy of being one of the top three individuals on non-advancing teams to qualify for regional.

In his sophomore season, he fired a good enough round to advance to regional with a 75. But he was disqualified on a unique ruling.

Greenwell thought he lost his ball in a hazard and he took a one-stroke penalty by taking a drop with a second ball. However, he found his original ball while making his drop and went ahead played that ball. That was against the rules as he needed to play the ball he dropped. As a result, he earned a disqualification.

Greenwell finally advanced to the regional as a junior in the 2015 sectional. He finished ninth overall with a 75, which was the second-lowest score for an individual on a non-qualifying team.

But Greenwell came up short of advancing to state at the Providence Regional. He carded a 78, which was four shots behind the final individual qualifier in Columbus North’s Spencer Fairbanks.

Greenwell has been taught one significant thing about postseason tournaments.

“You learn to take every single shot as it matters because one bad hole or one high number takes you out of it,” he said.

Greenwell says he got some instruction from Champion Pointe Golf Club head golf pro Scott Ivey during the offseason to help him make a potential run at state.

“I’ve been trying to hone in on the little things, specifically working on chipping and putting and getting closer to the hole,” Greenwell said. “My expectations are to make it further [in the postseason] than I did last year. I think I have a pretty good shot at finishing very, very high at state.”

Greenwell looked ready to compete at state during the 2015 regular season. His biggest accomplishment last season was earning medalist honors at the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus with a 75.

That victory helped increase Greenwell’s self-esteem a lot.

“That was huge because our conference is strong,” Belcher said. “To play a tough golf course — and a famous Indiana golf course — and win it I think was huge for him.”

Greenwell also fared well in three other 18-hole invitationals in 2015. He finished second at the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational at Covered Bridge Golf Club in Sellersburg with a 74. He also was the runner-up at the Floyd Central Invitational at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Henryville with 73.

Greenwell shot a 75 to place third at the Bud Bennett Memorial Invitational at Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon.

Those top-three finishes enabled Greenwell to earn the 2015 News and Tribune Player of the Year award.

“I just tried to stay calm and know that every shot is not going to be a good one,” Greenwell said. “I tried to get to the hole as fast as possible in the lowest amount of strokes as possible.”

Belcher said Greenwell has come a long way since he was a freshman.

“Considering where we started his freshman year, [Ivey] started tearing his swing apart. Normally during the season, you don’t mess with a kid’s swing. You just kind of get through it, then in the offseason, we’ll work on it. But I didn’t want to wait,” Belcher said. “It worked out great because his ball striking is unbelievable.

“He had a good homemade swing that he had [as a freshman], but he’s so much better. He understands his golf swing now.”

Another goal Greenwell has this season is leading the entire New Albany team to a regional berth, which has not happened in his high school career. The Bulldogs’ last trip to regional was in 2011.

“That is a very big goal,” Greenwell said.

Greenwell has signed a letter of intent to play golf next season at Marian University, an NAIA school in Indianapolis. He plans on studying business at Marian.

• CO-HEAD COACHES: Ben Pine (first season at Borden and overall), Jim Schuld (first season at Borden and overall).
• HOME COURSES: Champions Pointe, Elk Run.
• LAST SEASON: Third at Southern Athletic Conference meet, ninth at Providence Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Elijah Franklin.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Kamden Hurst, Sr.; Reilly Gray, Sr.; Carter Hurst, Jr.; Logan Lee, Sr.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Josh Nunn, Jr.; Nick Sowders, Sr.; Devin Morrow, Sr.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: Kamden Hurst is the Braves’ leader as he has qualified for regional the past two seasons. Pine says his No. 1 golfer has his sights set on qualifying for the IHSAA State Finals this season. Gray will attempt to join the elder Hurst at regional as an individual qualifier. Pine expects big things from his current No. 3 golfer, Carter Hurst.
• PINE SAYS: “We’ll have some good competition this season. But to be honest, I’m not concerned about any of our competition this year. That may be a cliché, but if we play our game the way I know we can, our competition can worry about us. I truly believe we should be in the conversation as a main contender to win our conference and sectional. Our coaching staff’s golf experience is deep, and if our guys work hard, we have high expectations.”

• HEAD COACH: Adam Tolliver (fifth season at Charlestown and overall).
• HOME COURSE: Hidden Creek.
• LAST SEASON: Incomplete teams at Mid-Southern Conference meet and Madison Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Brady Christman.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Matthew Carr, Fr.; Brian Hodges, Fr.; Ryan Barrett, Sr.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: The Pirates have only four players on their roster with three of them having limited varsity experience. Tolliver looks for improvement from each of his players throughout the season. He expects Corydon Central and Scottsburg to be the main contenders for the MSC title and Madison to be the favorite at the Madison Sectional.
• TOLLIVER SAYS: “I know we won’t compete for any titles and will struggle in most, if not all, matches. But you can’t improve unless you’re out here playing, so I am happy with the guys that I have out and their willingness to work at it. I look for them to continue to work hard and improve their games to their personal potential, even if that level isn’t up to some of the other teams around.”

• HEAD COACH: Scott Limeberry (second season at Christian Academy and overall).
• HOME COURSE: Champions Pointe.
• LAST SEASON: 12th at the Providence Sectional.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Sam Limeberry, So.; Kevin Wang, So.; Zach Hampton, So.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: Coach Limeberry is encouraged by the improvement he has seen from Wang, Hampton and Sam Limeberry since last season. The Warriors’ boss says Hope has the potential to be a solid player. After playing just eight regular-season matches last season against mainly junior varsity teams, Christian Academy currently has 13 regular-season meets on its schedule this season. Coach Limeberry thinks Corydon and South Central will be the Warriors’ toughest opponents.
• COACH LIMEBERRY SAYS: “We have a great group of players this year, which [includes] one freshman, five sophomores and three seniors. I am very optimistic about our upcoming season. We had our first match against North Harrison and Charlestown [last Tuesday] and I am happy to announce our first win for the 2016 golf season, so we’re off to a great start.”

• HEAD COACH: Nick Murrell (first season at Clarksville and overall).
• HOME COURSE: Wooded View.
• LAST SEASON: Incomplete team at MSC meet, did not compete in a sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Charlie Lauffer, Luis Disoso.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: Hagan and Allred are the only two players on the Generals’ roster. The main thing Murrell wants both players to do this season is enjoy themselves on the course. Former Clarksville standout Nick Cappola is an assistant coach for the Generals.
• MURRELL SAYS: “All we expect this year from Gavin and Keegan is to have fun. We don't have enough players to field a team entry score, but I expect them to do their best and be competitive. Seeing some of the golfers from other schools will pose a mental issue for our team. But I think by the end we will come out a better golf team then how we started.”

• HEAD COACH: Mike Cason (16th season at Floyd Central and overall).
• HOME COURSE: Valley View.
• LAST SEASON: Third at Hoosier Hills Conference meet, first at Providence Sectional, third at Providence Regional, 15th at state finals.
• KEY LOSSES: Clayton Crum, Billy Sleight.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: David Shepard, Sr.; Jack Lilly, So.; Dylan Zink, So.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Matt Stoppert, Fr.; Konnor Isenberg, Fr.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: The Highlanders have a young squad for the second season in a row. However, their main goal remains the same, which is to return to the state finals. A difficult regular-season schedule should prepare Floyd Central for the postseason. Cason thinks the Highlanders must contend with Bedford North Lawrence, Columbus East, Madison and New Albany to win this year’s HHC meet, which will be at Valley View. Floyd expects challenges from Providence and the host Bulldogs at the Providence Sectional.
• CASON SAYS: “We will be a young team again this year, so I expect a lot of ups and downs. We have some talented players, so I feel we will be good at the end of the season, and our goal is play and do well in the state tournament [Prairie View Golf Club) at Carmel.”

• HEAD COACH: Robin Embry (17th season at Henryville and overall).
• HOME COURSE: Champions Pointe.
• LAST SEASON: First at SAC meet, fourth at Madison Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Charlie Lefevbre, Bailey Reister.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Luke Davidson, Sr.; Mason Edwards, Sr.; Conner Furnish, So.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Kris Glass, So.; Brant Badger, So.; Clayton Fields, Fr.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: The Hornets have their sights set on finishing in the top three spots of the Madison Sectional and qualifying for the Providence Regional. Henryville was seven strokes behind third-place Scottsburg for the final regional spot at last year’s sectional. Davidson has qualified for regional as an individual the past two seasons. Embry is expecting Davidson and Edwards to provide the Hornets plenty of leadership this season.
• EMBRY SAYS: “Our numbers are down from last season. However, the six we have are pretty good players. We'll have good competition within the team this season. I've enjoyed watching the improvement they have already made. Hopefully, individually and as a team, we'll put in the time to continue to improve throughout the season. If we do, we can have a very good season.”

• HEAD COACH: Dusty Corum (sixth season at Jeff and overall).
• LAST SEASON: Eighth at HHC meet, seventh at Providence Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Evan Craig, Nick Rasdon, Andrew Baldwin.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Jay Williams, So.; Blake Berry, Jr.; Jordan Blackwell, Sr.; Zach Brinkley, Sr.; Allen Crews, Jr.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Bryce Morrow, Sr.; Bradley Cross, Jr.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: With several returning players on their roster, the Red Devils have high hopes this season. They expect to be a contender for the HHC championship and think they can make it out of the Providence Sectional. If Jeff does not reach the Providence Regional, then Corum thinks Williams, Crews and Berry can qualify as individuals. Corum says the Red Devils will have to contend with Floyd, Columbus East and Madison if they are to win the HHC title.
• CORUM SAYS: “Our team will be the strongest it has been in years. We expect to finish at the top [of the HHC], giving Floyd Central, Columbus East, and Madison Consolidated a run for their money. Jay Williams, Allen Crews, and Blake Berry should all make it out of sectionals on their own, if not as a team.”

• HEAD COACH: Rick Belcher (12th season at New Albany and overall).
• HOME COURSE: Valley View.
• LAST SEASON: Fourth at HHC meet, fifth at Providence Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Kunal Bhanushali.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Addison Greenwell, Sr.; Cameron Walters, Sr.; Ethan Hunter, Sr.; Joey Steinert, So.; Adam Rivera, Jr.; Matt Joyce, So.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs have high expectations for this season. They have four of their top five players back, and Belcher hopes that experience will result in his team advancing to the Providence Regional for the first time since 2011. New Albany should be tested by a tough regular-season schedule that includes tournaments hosted by Brownsburg and Bloomington North and four teams currently ranked in the top 16 in the state. Belcher thinks the teams his players will have to contend with at the Providence Sectional are Floyd Central, Jeff and the host Pioneers.
• BELCHER SAYS: “I have high expectations for this year. I only lost one senior last year, and I’m returning four of my top five. Addison, Cameron and Ethan should provide the leadership for my youth. If we can just put it together on the same day, [the Bulldogs can be pretty good]. It’s the toughest schedule we’ve had since I’ve been coaching.”

• HEAD COACH: Ken Allender (sixth season at Providence and overall).
• HOME COURSE: Covered Bridge.
• LAST SEASON: Second at Providence Sectional, eighth at Providence Regional.
• KEY LOSSES: Mitchell Allender, Evan Wilson, Ben Arnson.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Kevin Crone, Sr.; Max Leist, Sr.; Jarrett Rowe, So.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Kyle Oelker, Sr.; Shawn Fitzpatrick, So.; Trey Beatty, So.; Will Kaiser, So.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: The Pioneers’ inexperienced roster will be led by Crone, who is one of the most talented players in the Clark-Floyd area. Providence is currently without Leist because of an injury. Allender hopes to have Leist back in the lineup by May. The Pioneers will have a tough slate to contend with along with being a fairly inexperienced team. But Allender believes his team can stun some people come sectional time.
• ALLENDER SAYS: “Providence is in a bit of a rebuild due to graduation and injuries. I have some hard working kids with which to build on. By season’s end, we could be a pleasant surprise. Our schedule is one of the toughest in the state.”

• HEAD COACH: Kaleb Lay (third season at Rock Creek and overall).
• LAST SEASON: 11th at Madison Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Torin Jenkins, Ben Hill, Luke Thompson, Blake Joseph, Will Brown.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Trenton Darby, Jr.; Alex Floyd, Jr.; Cole Davis, So.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: The Lions have several inexperienced players so they are expected to find out how tough the varsity level is in 2016. Lay has high hopes for Vogen, who is Rock Creek’s No. 1 golfer and will be relied upon for leadership.
• LAY SAYS: “My expectation is to see steady improvement each day from the newcomers and a desire to work hard and get better. As for Max, I expect him to build upon the foundation he already has, and to focus on keeping himself in the moment with the right state of mind. He certainly has the tools to do well this season, and if he puts in the work, he will be very successful.”

• HEAD COACH: Jeff Harrell (first season at Silver Creek, eighth season overall).
• HOME COURSE: Hidden Creek.
• LAST SEASON: Fourth at Mid-Southern Conference meet, sixth at Providence Sectional.
• KEY LOSSES: Sam Garr.
• RETURNING PLAYERS: Cody Zimmerman, Sr.; Jared Cecil, Jr.; Jacob Balz, Jr.; Jacob Harper, Jr.
• KEY VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Hunter Popp, So.; Calan Daniel, So.; Tucker Everitt, So.; Garrad Perronie, So.; Zach Sullivan, So.; Bryce Crutcher, Fr.; Cooper Smith, Fr.; Jackson Thomas, Fr.
• 2016 OUTLOOK: Harrell, who is the Silver Creek athletic director, became the full-time head coach Sunday as longtime Dragons’ boss Joe Ledbetter is currently recovering from hip replacement surgery and will be out the entire season. Harrell coached golf at Christian Academy for seven seasons. So far, Harrell likes the work ethic his players have shown in practice and matches. He expects Corydon to be tough to beat in the MSC Tournament and Floyd Central, New Albany and Jeff to be formidable foes at the Providence Sectional.
• HARRELL SAYS: “We’ve got a great group of kids. They work really hard. I expect us to do well. I told them that we have to work hard and we will see what happens in the next six to seven weeks, then take it from there.”

NOTE: Information on New Washington was unavailable at press time.


Hornets, Mustangs Battle Weather at Champions Pointe
4/8/2016 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Despite awful conditions, Henryville put together a solid match at Champions Pointe. The Hornets got their season off to a good start and topped New Washington, 167-213.

"We were anxious to get the season started," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "We're excited to see how good we can get."

The Hornets' Mason Edwards was the lead man and his round of 40 earned him medalist honors.

"Considering the conditions, I was very pleased with the scores we posted," Embry said of his team. "It was windy and cold, brutal golf conditions. Both squads showed mental toughness in battling the elements and completing the match."

New Washington's Will Meaders turned in the Mustangs' top scorecard with a 51.

Henryville 167: Edwards 40, Furnish 41, Davidson 43, Fields 43, Glass 51
New Washington 213: Meadors 51, Barger 52, Raney 54, Swoboda 56, Goedeker 58

2015 Individual Season Statistics (Girls)

Player Rds. (9-hole) Average Low Score Course
Kennedy Easton 16 49.3 44 Westwood GC
Darian Nipper 16 51.9 46 Champions Pointe GC
Hannah Guernsey 15 55.9 48 Elk Run GC
Emma Hendricks 16 57.3 51 Smock GC

2015 Season (Girls)

Hornets Look at Regional as Experience Gained
9/26/2015 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)

INDIANAPOLIS — Henryville failed to send anyone to the state finals at the Roncalli Regional at Smock Golf Club in Indianapolis on Saturday.

The Hornets placed 16th as a team. However, the Hornets are a young team with three of the four players being sophomores.

Henryville was led by Kennedy Easton, who shot an 18-hole 102. Darian Nipper shot a 104. The Hornets' lone senior, Emma Hendricks, shot a 107. Hannah Guemsey posted a round of 119.

“I’m pleased with the improvement of the girls this season,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “Our three sophomores have only been playing since last July and each shot rounds in the 40s this season. I’m hopeful the regional experience and improvement they’ve made will motivate the sophomores in their offseason preparation for next year. I’m already looking forward to it.”

Westfield won the regional, followed by state qualifiers Center Grove and Zionsville. Westfield's Cailyn Henderson was the regional medalist with a 2-under-par 70.

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Henryville Advances to Roncalli Regional
9/19/2015 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

MADISON — For just the second time in six years, Henryville has advanced to the regional.

The Hornets move on after finishing third in the Madison Sectional on Saturday. Henryville advances to this Saturday's Roncalli Regional, which will take place at Smock golf course in Indianapolis. 

“The girls are very excited to be going to the regional,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “I’m pleased with the improvements we’ve made. We improved 73 strokes from last seasons’ sectional score."

Henryville shot 422 as a team and only trailed Madison's 367 and Shawe's 384. 

Madison’s Emma Beasley was the events’ medalist. She finished with a 86, which paced the field and Madison.

Henryville was led by Kennedy Easton's 92. Darian Nipper finished right behind Easton with a 95. Emma Hendricks tallied a 113 and Hannah Guemsey rounded out the Hornets with her 122.

“Playing in the regional will be a good experience for each of the girls,” Embry said. “This will be an exciting week for the girls. I’m happy for them.”

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Hornets First in Tri-Match
9/14/2015 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Kennedy Easton got medalist honors with a 50 to lead Henryville to first place in a home triangular match Monday at Champions Pointe Golf Club versus Eastern and South Central. The Hornets had a team score of 218. The Musketeers were second with a 240, while the Rebels fielded an incomplete team.

Henryville’s Darian Nipper shot a 53, followed by teammate Hannah Guernsey with a 57. Emma Hendricks rounded out the Hornet scoring with a 58.

This coming Saturday, the Hornets will compete in the Madison Sectional at Sunrise Golf Club in Madison.

“We’ve improved all season,” Henryville head coach Robin Embry said. “We need a little more improvement with our short games to break 200 as a team. We’ll put in the work this week and see where that has us on Saturday.”

Taylor Drury led Eastern with a 52. Teammate Samantha Gilstrap shot a 56. Brooklyn Woertz paced South Central with a 60.

At Champions Pointe, 36
  Henryville 218: Easton 50, Nipper 53, Guernsey 57, Hendricks 58

  Eastern (Pekin) 240: Drury 52, Gilstrap 56, Dalton 65, Cottongin 67
  South Central (Elizabeth) NTS: Woertz 60, Adis 64, Riley 65


Smith Earns Medalist at Champions Pointe
9/8/2015 by Hanson Craftont (News & Tribune)

HENRYVILLE — Shooting 218, Henryville finished second to Madison in a five-way match on Tuesday.

Playing by herself, Borden’s Makenzie Smith was the match’s medalist with a score of 43. 

Henryville was led by Kennedy Easton, who shot a 52. Darian Nipper finished the course in 53 shots, Hannah Guernsey 54 and Emma Hendricks 59.

“The girls are trying,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “We can’t seem to consistently repeat a few short-game fundamentals. We’ll keep working and hopefully turn the corner over the next couple of weeks.” 

At Champions Pointe, 36
  Madison 198: Beasley 46, Fox 46, Dean 53, Ellers 53, Huff 64

  Henryville 218: Easton 52, Nipper 53, Guernsey 54, Hendricks 59
  Eastern (Pekin) 252: Drury 60, Gilstrap 63, Cottongin 63, Dalton 66
  Southwestern (Hanover) NTS: Harsin 56, Osborn 61
  Borden NTS: Smith 43


Hornets Beat Pirates
9/2/2015 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)

JEFFERSONVILLE — In a dual match at Elk Run Golf Club on Wednesday, Henryville was able to outshoot host Charlestown to pick up the win, 213-274.

Henryville was led by medalist Hannah Guernsey, who shot a 48.

The rest of the team wasn’t too far behind. The Hornets' Kennedy Easton was just five shots off the leader with a 53. Teammate Emma Hendricks shot a 55, and Darian Nipper rounded out the Hornets day with a 57.

“We had a nice short-game practice session on Tuesday, and we’re already seeing some good results,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “I’m hopeful the girls will commit to making a few changes and will be playing their best golf at the end of the season.”

Charlestown was led Emma Sellers, who finished with a 60. Grace Sellers came in behind her with a 70 and Brianna McCutcheon, Madison Schnell and Mia Pappas all three ended the day with a 72.

At Elk Run, par 36
  Henryville 213: Guernsey 48, Easton 53, Hendricks 55, Nipper 57

  Charlestown 274: E. Sellers 60, G. Sellers 70, McCutcheon 72, Schnell 72, Pappas 72


Hornets Lose to Shawe
8/31/2015 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)

MADISON — Henryville lost a dual match Monday at Sunrise Golf Club to Madison Shawe, 182-230.

The Hornets had three players shoot in the 50s. Hannah Guernsey carded a 52, while Kennedy Easton fired a 57. Darian Nipper scored a 59. Emma Hendricks wrapped up the Henryville scoring with a 62.

“We continue to struggle with our short game,” Hornets’ head coach Robin Embry said. “If we can commit to a couple of fundamentals, we’ll start seeing lower scores. Hopefully, we can increase our pace of improvement over the last few weeks of the season.”

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At Sunrise, par 36
  Shawe 182: Hensler 39, Hambrick 44, Pawlak 45, Hertz 54, Pennington 72

  Henryville 230: Guernsey 52, Easton 57, Nipper 59, Hendricks 62


Hornets Win 3-way Meet at Westwood
8/28/2015 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

SCOTTSBURG — Despite winning a three-way meet Friday at Westwood Golf Course in Seymour, Henryville coach Robin Embry has some lingering concerns.

The Hornets defeated Scottsburg and host Trinity Lutheran with a nine-round total of 211 strokes. Scottsburg shot a 218 and the host Cougars 228.

“Our short game is hurting us,” Embry said. “It’s keeping us from the scores we’d like to see. We need to focus on improving in that area.”

Kennedy Eaton led Henryville with a 9-over-par 44. She was second overall to Scottsburg’s Madeline Parker, who finished the course in 40 strokes. Also for the Hornets, Darian Napier shot a 50, Emma Hendricks a 55 and Hannah Guernsey a 62 in the victory.

At Westwood, par 35
  Henryville 211: Easton 44, Nipper 50, Hendricks 55, Guernsey 62

  Scottsburg 218: Parker 40, Heil 57, Mount 60, Sanders 61
  Trinity Lutheran 228: Oaks 51, Taylor 54, Gabbard 56, Fleener 67


Seaton Leads Dragons Past Hornets
8/27/2015 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)

SELLERSBURG — Senior Charlotte Seaton fired a 2-under-par 33 to earn medalist honors and lead Silver Creek to a dual-match win over Henryville on Thursday at Hidden Creek Golf Club. The Dragons shot a team score of 151, while the Hornets had a 203.

Two other Silver Creek players shot in the 30s. Junior Ashton Crutcher carded a 38, and senior Kaela Roberts had a 39. Also for the Dragons, Lily Smith recorded a 41 and Liv Schmidt shot a 44.

Kennedy Easton paced Henryville with a 46. Rounding out the Hornet scoring were Darian Nipper with a 48, Hannah Guernsey with a 54 and Emma Hendricks with a 55.

“It was good to have multiple scores in the 40s,” Henryville head coach Robin Embry said. “Each player continues to improve. Our schedule allowed for several days of practice and it helped.” 

At Hidden Creek (Links), par 35
  Silver Creek 151: Seaton 33, Crutcher 38, Roberts 39, Smith 41, Schmidt 44

  Henryville 203: Easton 46, Nipper 48, Guernsey 54, Hendricks 55


Henryville Beats Jeff, Shorthanded Bulldogs
8/18/2015 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

FLOYDS KNOBS — A balanced Henryville squad shot a 213 to knock off Jeffersonville and New Albany on Tuesday at Valley View.

Kennedy Easton led the Hornets with a 48, while Hannah Guernsey and Darian Nipper each shot a 54 in the victory.

"The girls continue to improve," Henryville coach Robin Embry said. "I'm hopeful we'll continue to work and improve throughout the season. The past couple of weeks have been a good start for us."

Jeff shot a 251, while only three Bulldogs played and didn't register a team score. However, New Albany's Kaylan Hook won medalist honors with a 5-over-par round of 41. Teammate Stevie Roth was second with a 44. 

At Valley View, par 36
  Henryville 213: Easton 48, Guernsey 54, Nipper 54, Hendricks 57

  Jeffersonville 251: Kaur 60, Porter 62, Bundy 64, Wittin 65, Squire 66
  New Albany NTS: Hook 41, Roth 44, Holder 54


Hornets Second in 5-Way
8/17/2015 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)

HANOVER — Henryville finished second in a five-way match Monday at Spring Hills Golf Course in Hanover, firing a team score of 210. South Ripley won the match, beating the Hornets by two strokes with a 208. Jac-Cen-Del was third with a 230, while host Southwestern and Switzerland County fielded incomplete teams.

Hannah Guernsey led Henryville with a 48, while teammate Kennedy Easton shot a 50. The Hornets’ Darian Nipper and Emma Hendricks carded a 56 apiece.

“It was good to have a third player shoot in the 40s,” Henryville head coach Robin Embry said. “Hopefully, we can start having multiple scores in the 40s and the others below 55. We’re improving and it’ll be interesting to see how much we improve throughout the season.” 

At Spring Hills, par 35
  South Ripley 208: Black 42, Wrightsman 61, Atkins 60, Matthews 54, Brandt 52

  Henryville 210: Guernsey 48, Easton 50, Nipper 56, Hendricks 56
  Jac-Cen-Del 230: Weber 50, Wang 58, Abel 58, Miller 66, Carroll 64
  Switzerland County NTS: Parr 54, King 58, Edwards 70
  Southwestern (Hanover) NTS: Harsin 54, Osbourne 50


Girls Golf Season Preview: Highlander's Goal to Make State Finals
8/14/2015 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)

FLOYDS KNOBS – Floyd Central’s goal in the 2015 season is pretty simple, yet challenging.

That objective can be summed in one word.

“State,” Highlander senior Jessica Ingram answered when asked about the Highlanders’ expectations this season.

Ingram was a member of Floyd Central’s last state finalist team in 2013, and she would like nothing more to help lead her current teammates to the IHSAA State Finals this year.

“I went my sophomore year, but the team that we have now hasn’t. So we definitely want to go to state together,” Ingram said.

Floyd Central has the tools to earn its first state finals berth as a team in two years. The Highlanders return four of their top five players from last year’s team that won its second consecutive Corydon Central Sectional championship in 2014.

Ingram is among that quartet and expected to be Floyd Central’s No. 1 golfer. The other three golfers are seniors Gretchen Garrett and Megan Striegel and junior Sydney LaDuke, who was a finalist for last year’s News and Tribune Sports Performance Yearly Player of the Year award.

Junior Lauren Decker is currently the No. 5 golfer for the Highlanders. Other Floyd Central golfers expected to make contributions this year are senior Tristan Barnes and freshmen Emma Hausz, Sydney Palmer and Morgan Spanopoulos.

Second-year Floyd Central head coach Kara Collier says her top five players have all stepped up their leadership responsibilities this season. Floyd Central lost one player to graduation in Morgan Stanley, who qualified for state as an individual last season. Stanley was named the NTSPY Player of the Year last year.

“Our entire top five are leaders in their own way,” Collier said. "As far as all of our girls, some of them are silent leaders and they lead by example. The other ones are vocal leaders. Everyone in their own way is providing something in being a leader, which is really nice to have for our team."

The Highlanders have gotten off to a solid start to the 2015 campaign. They won the Seymour Invitational on Aug. 5 at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour. Ingram fired a 5-over-par 77 to earn medalist honors, while Striegel had a 79.

Last weekend, Floyd Central tied for 10th in the State Preview meet at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, the site of this year’s state finals, against some of the top teams in Indiana. The Highlanders shot a team score of 353, 20 strokes lower than their score at last year’s State Preview meet at Prairie View.

"That shows that the girls have really been working hard, and they have the desire to be better this year," Collier said.

On Tuesday, Floyd Central won its first nine-hole match of the season at Valley View Golf Club in Floyds Knobs versus New Albany and Providence. The Highlanders carded a 170, 26 shots lower than the second-place Pioneers.

Garrett is happy with her squad’s start to the season.

“We came into the [season] not being ranked. Then after the State Preview, I think we are 15th or 16th in the state right now,” Garrett said. “I think that’s really good, going [into the season] not being ranked and now being ranked.”

There is one goal that the Highlanders want to achieve before the postseason begins – a Hoosier Hills Conference title.

Floyd Central finished a heartbreaking second to HHC champion Madison by one shot at last season’s conference tournament at Otis Park Golf Course in Bedford. This year’s HHC tournament will be at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus.

“Last year was heartbreaking,” Collier said. "Obviously, losing by one stroke leaves a bad taste in your mouth. That was not something you forget about easily. You think you have it, but you see that one stroke on the board and it's just heartbreaking. Along with the state run, they really want that conference win as well."

Garrett is optimistic about a potential HHC crown this season.

“It was a big blow that we only lost by one stroke because the team that did win was our biggest competition, and we really wanted to beat them. When we didn’t, it was kind of hard,” Garrett said. “But a lot of their girls graduated, so we’re hoping to win this year.”

If Floyd Central finishes in the top three at sectional, it will qualify for one of the toughest regionals in the state. The Washington Regional will be played at Country Oaks Golf Club in Montgomery this season. Last year’s state champion Evansville North and state runner-up Martinsville came out of that regional. The top three teams at regional will advance to state.

Collier thinks her returnees’ experience at regional last year should be beneficial to them this time around, provided the Highlanders get out of sectional.

“I think the experience will definitely help us. With three seniors and two juniors, that's really going to be in our court,” Collier said. "We also had the girls play summer tournaments at that course, so they would be more familiar with it.

“We face a very hard regional, but I believe in the girls 100 percent. We just have to keep working hard. As long as we keep working hard and focus and play well, I think we have the opportunity to go [to state]. I would love to see it happen for them.”

If the Highlanders earn a state berth this season, Ingram expects it to be an emotional celebration.

“I’m pretty sure we will all cry,” she said. "There is no doubt that we should be able to go to state this year. For the past four years, we've worked to go to state."



CO-HEAD COACHES: Ben Pine, first season; Jim Schuld, first season.

• HOME COURSE: Champions Pointe.

• RETURNING PLAYERS: MaKenzie Smith, Jr.



• OUTLOOK: As of now, Smith is the lone player on the Braves’ roster. She opened her season last Friday by shooting a 44 in a nine-hole match at Spring Hills Golf Course in Hanover. Pine and Schuld replace Don Holder as Borden’s head coach. Pine is the chief meteorologist at WHAS-11 TV in Louisville.

• PINE SAYS: “Her game is very solid and we expect her to be shooting lower and lower this season. She is capable of being a premier player in the state of Indiana. Keep a close eye on MaKenzie this year and next.”


• HEAD COACH: Kim Carroll, 10th season.


• RETURNING PLAYERS: Emma Sellers, Jr.

• KEY NEWCOMERS: Madison Schnell, Jr.; Katlin Petro, Jr.; Brianna McCutcheon, Fr.; Grace Sellers, Fr.


• OUTLOOK: Carroll says several of her players are inexperienced in playing golf and have a lot to learn about the game. The Pirates have more players on their roster this season, which Carroll is glad to see. The veteran coach thinks Silver Creek is the top contender to win this season’s Mid-Southern Conference tournament, and the Dragons, Floyd Central and Providence are the strongest teams at the Corydon Central Sectional.

• CARROLL SAYS: “All my girls are inexperienced. Four have never played before, so there will be much to learn about the game, rules and fundamentals of golf. I am happy to have five girls out. Last year, we were down in numbers. It is going to be difficult to be competitive this season against schools that have golfers who have played and know the game.”


• HEAD COACH: Tosha Embry, third season.

• HOME COURSE: Wooded View.

• RETURNING PLAYERS: Georgia Page, Sr.

• KEY NEWCOMERS: Bri Slack, Sr.; Abby Martin, So.; Heather Slack, So.; Stormy Iglehart, Fr.


• OUTLOOK: The majority of the Generals’ roster lacks golf experience. Page is expected to provide leadership to the newcomers since she has the most rounds under her belt. Embry is looking for consistent improvement throughout the season.

• EMBRY SAYS: “As a team, we are very new and inexperienced. All the girls on the team have a good work ethic and a desire to get better. I expect there to be a lot of improvement throughout the season, and by the end we should be able to shoot some good team scores. At the beginning of the season, every match we play will be tough due to the inexperience we have as a team. There are a few teams on our schedule we play multiple times, so it will be exciting to see how we compete with them as we improve throughout the season.”


• HEAD COACH: Kara Collier, second season.

• HOME COURSE: Valley View

• RETURNING PLAYERS: Jessica Ingram, Sr.; Gretchen Garrett, Sr.; Megan Striegel, Sr.; Tristan Barnes, Sr.; Sydney LaDuke, Jr.; Lauren Decker, Jr.

• KEY NEWCOMERS: Emma Hausz, Fr.; Sydney Palmer, Fr.; Morgan Spanopoulos, Fr.

• DEPARTING PLAYERS: Morgan Stanley.

• OUTLOOK: With four of their top five players back, the Highlanders think they have a good shot of qualifying for the IHSAA State Finals for the second time in three seasons. But they will have to finish in the top three positions at the formidable Washington Regional to clinch a state berth. Floyd Central also wants to redeem itself at the Hoosier Hills Conference tournament this season at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus after losing the conference title by one stroke to HHC champion Madison last year. Collier expects Silver Creek and Providence to provide her players the toughest competition at this year's Corydon Central Sectional, which Floyd Central has won the past two years.

• COLLIER SAYS: "I think we will have a very successful season this year. Four of our top five players are returning this season, and our fifth player [Decker] has worked very hard and will be a great asset to the team as well. We bring experience to the table, which will help us when it comes to tournament time."


• HEAD COACH: Robin Embry, 12th season.

• HOME COURSE: Champions Pointe.

• RETURNING PLAYERS: Kennedy Easton, So.; Hannah Guernsey, So.; Darian Nipper, So.

• KEY NEWCOMERS: Emma Hendricks, Sr.


• OUTLOOK: Easton, Guernsey and Nipper all gained lots of course experience last season as freshmen. Yet, according to Embry, they still have plenty of work and learning to do about the game of golf. The Hornets will play a full season this year after playing a limited schedule in 2014. Embry thinks Madison, Jennings County and Madison Shawe will be the top contenders for the Madison Sectional championship.

• EMBRY SAYS: "We'll be improved over last season. However, we're still very inexperienced. Last season, due to our inexperience, we only scheduled the last half of the season. This season we're playing closer to a full schedule with a challenging mix of experienced and less experienced teams."


• HEAD COACH: Dusty Corum, 12th season.


• RETURNING PLAYERS: Kim Karn, Jr.; Sydney Squire, Jr.; Kristin Porter, Jr.; Kaitlyn Witten, Jr.; Lucy Sandoval, Jr.; Whitney Bundy, So.

• KEY NEWCOMERS: Brooklyn Bruner, Jr.; Taylor Noel, So.; Makenzi Cooley, Jr.; Breanna Henson, So.; Zoie Spires, So.


• OUTLOOK: Corum looks for more improvement from his returnees this season after they made gains on the links last season. The veteran Red Devil coach expects challenging nine-hole matches with Providence and Hoosier Hills Conference foes Madison and Columbus East.

• CORUM SAYS: "We look to have a positive year building upon last year's successes."


• HEAD COACH: Kelly Hook, first season.

• HOME COURSE: Valley View.

• RETURNING PLAYERS: Kaylan Hook, So.; Stevie Roth, So.; Cortney Holder, So.; Alyssa Kane, Jr.


• DEPARTING PLAYERS: Heidi Steinert, Franci Burton.

• OUTLOOK: Coach Hook, who replaces longtime head coach Rick Belcher, inherits an inexperienced team with only four players on the roster. Belcher remains as the Bulldogs' head boys' golf coach. The new boss is expecting a lot from Kaylan Hook and Kane, who sat out last season because of a back injury. Coach Hook thinks Floyd Central and Columbus East are the top contenders to win the Hoosier Hills Conference tournament. He expects tough matches with nonconference opponents Providence and Silver Creek.

• COACH HOOK SAYS: "We are really young, but we have some talented players who are improving every day. This season is going to be a learning experience for a couple of our players. I think we will be improving throughout the year. If Kaylan Hook and Alyssa Kane play up to their capabilities, they could lead this team to a good year."


• HEAD COACH: Michelle Huber, fourth season.

• HOME COURSES: Covered Bridge, Champions Pointe.

• RETURNING PLAYERS: Mary Ann Fitzpatrick, Sr.; Colleen Geldermann, Sr.; Nicole Kruer, Sr.; Brooklin Grantz, Sr.; Alexa Wilson, Jr.



• OUTLOOK: The Pioneers expect 2015 to be the year where they return to regional as a team. They have three players who have recently qualified for regional as individuals. Kruer and Geldermann advanced to regional in 2013 and Fitzpatrick did it last year. Huber is expecting that trio to lead her squad to its regional goal this season. Providence has a difficult regular-season schedule that includes nine-hole matches with Floyd Central, Silver Creek, Corydon Central and Sacred Heart Academy from Louisville. Also, the Pioneers will host a tough field at Saturday's Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Henryville.

• HUBER SAYS: "I have high expectations for the PHS girls' golf team this year. We are hopeful to advance to regional as a team this year. We compete against some good teams during the season, so this should prepare us for the sectional tournament. I think Floyd Central will be a leading contender to win sectional and other advancing teams to regional will be between PHS, Silver Creek and Corydon."


• HEAD COACH: Kaleb Lay, first season.

• HOME COURSE: Wooded View.


• KEY NEWCOMERS: Marissa Gnadinger, Jr.; Alana Guidry, Jr.; Bailey Wood, So.


• OUTLOOK: It is the first time Rock Creek has had a girls' golf team. Lay, who is the Lions' head boys' golf coach, is looking for his players to get better every day and gain a bunch of knowledge about the game.

• LAY SAYS: "With this being our first season, we are trying to install good fundamentals and a passion for the game in each of our girls. We are starting from scratch, so there is plenty of room for growth and improvement. Our goal is to get better with each day and return next year with a solid foundation to build upon."


• HEAD COACH: Joe Ledbetter, eighth season.

• HOME COURSE: Hidden Creek.

• RETURNING PLAYERS: Charlotte Seaton, Sr.; Lily Smith, Sr.; Kaela Roberts, Sr.; Hannah McGrath, Sr.; Liv Schmidt, Jr.; Hanna Warren, Jr.; Ashton Crutcher, Jr.; Keslyn Howard, Jr.



• OUTLOOK: The Dragons' goals are very high this season with all of their players back. They look to defend their Mid-Southern Conference championship from a season ago and contend with Floyd Central for the Corydon Central Sectional title. Ledbetter expects Corydon Central, Brownstown Central and Salem to give Silver Creek a run for its money in the MSC tournament. The Dragons have never won a sectional. Last year, Silver Creek finished second at sectional to earn its first regional berth since 2010. If the Dragons come up short of winning sectional, they should have a great shot at advancing to regional for the second year in a row. Ledbetter thinks he will find out a lot about his team at Saturday's Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational at Champions Pointe.

• LEDBETTER SAYS: "Our players are very excited and anxious to begin. We had some success last year winning the conference and placing second in the sectional. We truly expect to be the team to beat in the conference although Corydon, Brownstown and Salem are usually strong contenders. We hope to close the gap on Floyd Central and win the sectional. At least, that's one of our goals. They are always strong and tough to beat."


Henryville Third in Quad-Match
8/11/2015 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)

Henryville head coach Robin Embry: “It was nice to get another match played and to see improvement. We had another score in the 40s and our team score improved. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to continue improving.”


At Sunrise, par 36

  Madison 183: Beasley 38, Dean 49, Fox 41, Huff 55
  Shawe 197: 
Hensler 46, Hambrick 43, Pawlak 55, Hertz 53, Pennington 72
  Henryville 217: 
Easton 45, Guernsey 55, Nipper 55, Hendricks 62
  South Dearborn 261: 
Fortner 61, Teaney 67, Halbig 62, Socks 71


Henryville Wins Opener
8/10/2015 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)

Henryville head coach Robin Embry: “It was nice to get the season started. It was a good start for all the girls and to have a score in the 40s. We’re looking forward to a season of improvement.” 

At Champions Pointe, par 36
  Henryville 224: Nipper 46, Easton 51, Guernsey 61, Hendricks 66
  Trinity Lutheran 248: Taylor 64, Oaks 57, Fleenor 66, Gabhart 61
  Rock Creek NTS: Gnadinger 72