Rock Creek Academy’s Bett Kasteler shot an 81 and beat Switzerland County’s Clint Swanson on a playoff hole to advance to Thursday’s Providence Regional.
Madison easily won the title with a 293, which was 25 strokes ahead of runner-up Jennings County. Scottsburg was the third team to advance.
Henryville finished sixth with a 365. The Hornets were led by Luke Davidson and Mitchell Fields, who each shot a 16-over-par 88.
Charlestown finished 10th overall. Chris Braun’s 82 — one stroke from advancing — led the Pirates.
New Washington placed 12th and was paced by Collin Schindler’s 104.
Madison 293, Jennings County 318, Scottsburg 331, Rising Sun 335, Southwestern 344, Henryville 365 (Fields 88, Davidson 88, Hairston 93, Edwards 96, Lefebvre 102), Shawe 369, Switzerland County 379, South Ripley 390, Charlestown 392, Austin 492, New Washington 497, Rock Creek Academy NTS
Three Clark County teams — Charlestown, Henryville and New Washington — have been moved from the Providence Sectional to the Madison Sectional this season. Those three teams will join fellow Clark County school Rock Creek Academy, which has participated in the Madison Sectional the past few years. The sectional will take place on Monday at Sunrise Golf Club in Madison.
Henryville coach Robin Embry says the host Cubs are the favorites to win the sectional, while Jennings County is expected to finish second.
Embry says Rising Sun and Scottsburg, which also switches from the Providence Sectional to the Madison Sectional this year, to be the top contenders for third place. But Embry believes there is a possibility that someone outside the projected top four will battle for third.
“You’ve got to play well to get into the top four and possibly the top three,” Embry said. “But it’s high school golf — anything can happen.”
Henryville loses regular-season finale 5/30/2013 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
MEMPHIS — The Henryville boys’ golf team suffered a dual-meet loss to Trinity Lutheran at Champions Pointe Golf Club on Thursday in its regular-season finale, 179-184.
Freshman Luke Davidson led the Hornets with a 43. Henryville’s Mason Edwards, Cole Hairston and Bailey Reister each shot a 47 to round out the Hornets’ scoring.
“Luke has played consistent for us all year,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “But we need other guys to get their scores toward the low 40s.”
Borden nips Henryvlle in 18-hole match 5/24/2013 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
SELLERSBURG — In an 18-hole dual match on Friday at Covered Bridge Golf Club, the Borden boys’ golf team shot a team score of 361 to edge West Clark rival Henryville. The Hornets fired a 368.
It was a good warm-up for the Braves, who will play in the Providence Sectional at Covered Bridge on Monday, June 3.
Junior Tony Wagoner III topped the Borden scorecard with an 84. Teammate T.J. Fraley shot a 91, while Braves’ freshman Reilly Gray carded a 92. Also for Borden, freshman Kamden Hurst shot a 94 and sophomore Elijah Franklin had a 96.
Henryville freshman Luke Davidson earned medalist honors with an 83. Rounding out the scoring for the Hornets were senior Mitchell Fields with a 90, Mason Edwards with a 97 and sophomore Charlie Lefebvre with a 98. Henryville senior Cameron Furnish recorded a 105.
“Hats off to the Borden kids. They shot really well on the front side,” Hornets’ coach Robin Embry said. “As for our kids, we still need to fill a couple of holes. We need to start shooting in the high 80s to low 90s instead of the mid to high 90s.”
Hornets take conference crown 5/18/2013 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
SOUTHERN INDIANA — Henryville won its second straight Southern Athletic Conference championship and its eighth in nine years on Saturday at Championship Pointe Golf Club.
It took a strong performance by all five Hornets.
The top four Henryville players all shot under 100 to help the Hornets shoot a 372 and edge Crothersville by one stroke and Borden by two.
“It like the way our kids hung in there and played consistently,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said.
Freshman Luke Davidson led the way for the Hornets with a critical 83. He was three strokes behind medalist Brian Money of Crothersville.
Mitchell Fields shot a 95, Cameron Furnish a 96, Charlie Lefebvre a 98 and Mason Edwards a 101 for Henryville.
“We always want to win conference,” Embry said. “That’s definitely always a goal for us.”
Borden had three all-conference performers in T.J. Fraley, who shot a 91, and Tony Wagoner III and Kamden Hurst, who both completed the course in 93 shots. Reilly Gray shot a 97 for the Braves.
Matt Wilson led New Washington with a 110.
Henryville 372 (Davidson 83, Fields 95, Furnish 96, Lefevbre 98, Edwards 101), Crothersville 373, Borden 374, Lanesville 392, South Central 426, New Washington 504
Conference Golf Preview: Hornets to vie for another SAC title at Champions Pointe 5/17/2013 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Henryville will try to win its second consecutive SAC championship and its eighth conference crown in nine seasons on Saturday at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Memphis.
“I think we have a good chance, but it’ll take a good round,” said Hornets’ coach Robin Embry, whose team ended up fifth in the Southern Indiana Open with a 366. “I have a lot of confidence in our players. However, it’s only one day — you have to play well that day.
“We’ve been improving throughout the season. We’re still a bit inconsistent, but we’re working on it.”
Champions Pointe is Henryville’s home course. But Embry thinks playing at home will only give his players a small edge.
“I think it’s a slight advantage for any team playing on their home course,” Embry said. “However, I think all the teams have played it this season, so there will be no surprises for anyone.”
Embry expects this year’s SAC meet to be very competitive. One team that has a chance to be in the SAC title mix is Borden, which ended up eighth at the Southern Indiana Open.
“It should be close. Five of the six schools are capable of winning,” Embry said. “It comes down to your performance on that day.”
New Washington also is scheduled to play in the SAC meet on Saturday.
Hornets take first in tri-meet 5/16/2013 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Henryville fired a team score of 162 to win a triangular meet on Thursday at Hidden Creek Golf Club’s Links Nine course. Silver Creek finished second with a 172, followed by Austin with a 237.
Luke Davidson led the Hornets with a 37, followed by teammate Mason Edwards with a 39. Also for Henryville, Mitchell Fields carded a 42 and Charlie Lefebvre and Cameron Furnish each shot a 44.
“We’re improving. The kids are working hard and the hard work is starting to pay off,” Hornets’ coach Robin Embry said.
The Dragons’ Sam Garr earned medalist honors with an even-par 35. Rounding out the scoring for Silver Creek were Cody Zimmerman with a 43, Nick Tinsley with a 45 and Ryan Baker with a 49.
Henryville (162): Davidson 37, Edwards 39, Fields 42, Furnish 44, Lefebvre 44, Reister 49 Silver Creek (172): Garr 35, Zimmerman 43, Tinsley 45, Baker 49, Moore 50, Dean 51 Austin (237): Carter 42, Barrett 63, Bowman 64, Mullins 68
Pioneers dominate Southern Indiana Open 5/11/2013 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
JEFFERSONVILLE — All five Providence boys’ golfers shot 88 or better as the Pioneers won the Southern Indiana Open at Hidden Creek Golf Club by 14 strokes on Saturday.
Cory Cahalan led the Pioneers and tied West Washington’s Brady Millholland for medalist honors with a 77 before falling to Millholland in a playoff.
Max Hupp added a 79 on the par-72 course. Kevin Crone shot an 81, Mitchell Allender an 83 and Robert Waiz an 88 for Providence. The Pioneers shot 320 as a team.
New Albany finished runner-up to the 18th-ranked Pioneers, led by Garrett Arnold, who was third overall with a 78. Kunal Bhanushali finished 12th with an 84 for the Bulldogs.
Jeff finished third in the meet as Jordan Lacy and Dillion Willis tied for fifth with 81s. Dalton Naisor was a shot behind his teammates.
Clarksville’s Nick Cappola tied Crone, Lacy, Willis and Scottsburg’s Luke Taylor for fifth place overall. Henryville finished fifth as a team with a 366, led by 14th-place Luke Davidson’s 85. Mitchell Fields finished his round in 90 shots and Cole Hairston finished in 94 for the Hornets.
“Overall, we played pretty well,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “However, each of the guys had a couple of holes that hurt their total. We’ll keep improving because these guys will keep working.”
Borden finished eighth with a 377. Reilly Gray had a Braves-best 89, T.J. Fraley shot a 92 and Tony Waggoner III a 96.
Andrew Shaw shot an 88 and Chris Braun an 89 for Charlestown, which finished 12th. Sam Garr led 14th-place Silver Creek with a 98. Jayson Arrell had a team-best 92 for Christian Academy.
Providence 320, New Albany 334, Jeffersonville 338, Scottsburg 343, Henryville 366 (Davidson 85, Fields 90, Hairston 94, Edwards 97, Furnish 98), North Harrison 371, Southwestern (Hanover) 373, Borden 377, Providence JV 379, West Washinton 379, Lanesville 390, Charlestown 395, Clarksville 432, Silver Creek 433, CAI NTS
Medalist Luke Davidson shot a 42 and Mason Edwards had a 43 to lead Henryville to a triangular-meet home victory over South Central and Christian Academy on Monday. The Warriors’ Jayson Arrell carded a 47.
Henryville led Saturday’s Hauser Invitational at the turn, but Morristown came from behind to edge the Hornets.
Morristown shot a tournament-best 363, one stroke ahead of Henryville.
“We’re improving, but that’s a tough loss,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “We struggled to close the round. We lost several strokes on the last few holes. Obviously, every stroke counts. One stroke better and we win by fifth-player tiebreaker. However, two weeks ago we were in the 380s and today we shot in the 360s. Hopefully we can continue that rate of improvement.”
Luke Davidson and Mitchell Fields tied for team-best honors with an 88, which was tied for fifth in the meet. Cameron Furnish finished the round in 92 strokes and Mason Edwards shot a 96 for the Hornets, who were the only team with five golfers under 100.
Hornets prevail in quad meet 4/23/2013 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Henryville fired a team score of 169 to win a quadrangular meet on Tuesday at Hidden Creek Golf Club’s Links Nine course. Lanesville finished second with a 171, followed by Charlestown (189) and Rock Creek Academy (205).
The Lions’ Brett Castetler collected medalist honors with a 38. Luke Davidson led the Hornets with a 39, followed by teammate Cole Hairston with a 41.
Embry continues to support Henryville boys’ golf program 4/15/2013 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
HENRYVILLE — Last year as a senior on the Henryville High School boys’ golf team, Evan Embry provided a lot of guidance to his teammates as he qualified for his only IHSAA State Finals.
Even though Embry has graduated from HHS, he is still giving advice to the Hornet golfers.
Embry, who is attending Indiana University Southeast this semester, is now a volunteer assistant coach at Henryville. Despite not playing the links this spring as a member of the Hornets, Embry has enjoyed being around his former teammates.
“I definitely miss playing, but it has been a good experience helping the guys out,” Embry said.
Current Henryville senior Cameron Furnish says having Embry back as an assistant has been beneficial for the entire team.
“He has come back and coached us some, which is really cool,” Furnish said. “He has helped the people that are back this year that knew him before. They saw what he can do and they obviously listen to him. He helps out a whole lot.”
Whether Embry is playing or coaching, Hornet senior Mitchell Fields says Embry’s message remains the same to the Henryville players.
Photos by Joe Ullrich & C. E. Branham
“He tells us to stay positive. He’s very uplifting,” Fields said. “He was always positive [as a player] and never let his emotions show.”
During his brief stint as an assistant, Embry has been trying to encourage the Hornets to work hard on their games and overachieve on the course.
“The main thing I tell them is they can be as good as they want to be. If you’re going to be just average at golf, you won’t be successful,” Embry said.
Embry is one of the most accomplished golfers in Henryville history. He is the second Hornet to ever play in the state finals, with the first being Konrad Guernsey in 1999.
Embry holds the school record for the lowest nine-hole score at 30. He made the All-Southern Athletic Conference team in each of his four seasons at Henryville. In fact, he was the medalist at the SAC meet during all four years of his prep career.
Henryville coach Robin Embry, Evan’s uncle, says his nephew is a major role model for his current players.
“There is no doubt that he’s one of the best that we’ve had,” Robin Embry said. “They look up to him not only in how he scored, but how he conducted himself. That’s a bonus for not only the older kids, but the younger kids as well.”
The Hornets have had three meets this season, and so far they have done well without Embry in the lineup.
Henryville has won all three meets — all of which were nine-hole triangular meets — with an average team score of 186.7.
The Hornets have benefited from the addition of five freshmen, especially Luke Davidson. The rookie has earned medalist honors in each of the three meets. Davidson fired 39s in the first two meets of the season and shared medalist honors with Fields with a 44 in last Wednesday’s meet at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Memphis, the Hornets’ home course.
“Our best freshman has posted a couple of sub-40 rounds in less than ideal conditions, and that’s been a big boost,” said Robin Embry, who also has sophomores Bailey Reister and Charlie Lefebvre on his roster. “Will his score be 10 strokes lower in four years from a 39? I doubt it. But I think his consistency will get better.”
The other freshmen on the team are Mason Edwards, Kody Freitus, Cole Grimm and Cole Hairston.
“It‘s a good group,” Robin Embry said about his freshmen. “It’s one of the best classes from a numbers and a talent standpoint.”
Furnish says the freshmen have made a big impact during the 2013 season.
“I think our season has been going pretty good,” Furnish said. “Our freshmen that we’ve got this year have been pulling through super strong. They’ve been pulling in really low scores for us. They’ve actually helped us out a lot.”
If there is one area the Hornets have been working on a lot lately, it is their short game. Fields says chipping and putting are points of emphasis in practice.
“We’re starting to show improvement there,” Fields said.
When the postseason arrives, the Hornets will be playing in a new sectional. They will play in the Madison Sectional at Sunrise Golf Club in Madison after competing in the Providence Sectional the past few seasons.
Robin Embry, who is in his 14th season at Henryville, sees some positives in playing in the Madison Sectional, like not having to play perennial state powers Floyd Central and Providence in the Providence Sectional. The top three teams at sectional advance to the regional.
“It will be tough to get one of the top three spots [at Madison],” said Robin Embry, who will be joined by fellow area teams Charlestown and New Washington at the Madison Sectional. “But I do think you have to remember not only was Floyd and Providence getting one of the top three sports in the sectional, many times they are getting the top three spots in our regional.
“I don’t want to say it will be easier [to get out of the Madison Sectional], but there hasn’t been a lot of state finals teams that have come out of that sectional.”
Luke Davidson shot a 39 to earn medalist honors, leading Henryville to a triangular-meet victory at Champions Pointe Golf Club. Christian Academy’s Jayson Arrell fired a 47 as the Warriors fielded an incomplete team.
Golf Preview: FC still has some work to do 4/1/2013 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
FLOYDS KNOBS — On paper, it appears the Floyd Central boys’ golf team has a great chance to vie for another state championship this season.
The Highlanders have three key players back from their team that finished fifth in the 2012 IHSAA State Finals at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin. Coaches across the state have taken notice of Floyd Central’s potential in 2013 by ranking it third in the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association preseason poll.
But as far as Highlanders’ coach Mike Cason is concerned, this team has some work to do if it is going to reach the state finals for the fifth consecutive season and win the program’s third state title.
On Saturday, April 13, the Highlanders will play in the Tiger Invitational at Stonehedge Golf Club in Winona Lake, followed by the Spring Preview tournament on Saturday, April 20 at The Legends Golf Club. Floyd Central also will compete in the Bloomington North Invitational on Saturday, May 4 at the Indiana University course in Bloomington.
“We’re going to be playing a lot of different courses this year, so that should get us ready for state,” Cason said.
REST OF THE AREA TEAMS
BORDEN - Led by juniors Tony Wagoner III and T.J. Fraley, coach Tony Wagoner II says it is one of the most talented teams he has had since he took over the Braves. But Borden is young with sophomore Elijah Franklin and freshmen Reilly Gray, Kamden Hurst and Niko Frascella.
“I think we’ll show a lot of improvement this season,” the elder Wagoner said. “We play in four 18-hole invitationals and an 18-hole match with Henryville, so that should help us.”
CHARLESTOWN - The Pirates’ top two players are seniors Chris Braun and Jordan Scott, and sophomore Brady Christman is one of C’town’s key returnees. Coach Adam Tolliver expects contributions from freshmen Cody Donahue and Andrew Shaw.
“I think Braun and Jordan will carry us,” Tolliver said. “[Braun’s] got a good attitude and will probably shoot in the low 40s for us.”
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY - Senior Jayson Arrell hopes this is the year he advances to regional. He came up two strokes shy of making it out of sectional as a sophomore and missed a regional berth by one shot at last year’s sectional.
Arrell’s supporting cast will be senior Chris Kidd, who Warriors’ coach Tim Byrd said has improved his game in the offseason, and freshmen Nathan Bilkey and Logan Cooley.
CLARKSVILLE - Senior Nick Cappola will be the Generals’ No. 1 player as he was one stroke shy of advancing to regional at last year’s sectional. Cappola’s teammates are Bryce Henry, Charlie Lauffer and Luis Bisoso.
EASTERN - New coach Jason Nelson has the Musketeers’ No. 1 player back in Tyler Neal and welcomes a talented freshman in Nicholas Emmert.
“We’re still trying to figure out what we can do,” Nelson said. “Our goal is to get better every day and so far we’ve been doing that.”
HENRYVILLE - The Hornets will have their hands full trying to fill the void left by Evan Embry, who qualified for state last season. Henryville has two seniors in Mitchell Fields and Cameron Furnish, a pair of sophomores in Bailey Reister and Charlie Lefebvre and five freshmen.
“Our goals, individually and as a team, are to be competitive in all events, win our conference, and advance in the state tournament,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “However, my main goal each season for each player is to commit themselves, develop a great work ethic, and to play with integrity and character. When we do this, the other stuff takes care of itself.”
JEFFERSONVILLE - Coach Dusty Corum welcomes back three players to his top five in seniors Jordan Lacy and Dalton Naiser and junior Dillon Willis. Junior Blayze Damron and sophomore Evan Craig move up into the top five, and Corum expects contributions from freshman Jake Mellon and Zach Brinkly.
“We’ve got a lot of guys and they’ve shown improvement from last year. As for overall performance, we’re looking to be better than we were last year,” Corum said. “Dalton Naiser and Jordan Lacy will be the two key players to carry the team forward.”
NEW ALBANY - The Bulldogs have four veteran players back in seniors Garrett Arnold and Dustin Miller and juniors Jonny Smith and Bret Walts. New Albany coach Rick Belcher also says freshman Addison Greenwell has lots of potential.
“We’re fairly good. We’ve got a lot of upperclassmen,” Belcher said. “Bret has really worked on his game. Addison is going to be on the golf course every day. Those young kids are going to get better and probably push those top kids to get better, I hope.”
NEW WASHINGTON - The Mustangs’ top two players are sophomores Matthew Wilson and Jake Zimmerman, while senior Wesley Napier returns to the team after a two-year hiatus. New Washington has three sophomore newcomers who have never played golf before in Collin Schindler, Nolan Burton and Caleb Griffith.
“Our No. 1 and 2 golfers have room to improve, no doubt,” new Mustangs’ coach Bret James said. “But I think we can get them where they need to be.”
PROVIDENCE - A veteran roster returns for the Pioneers, who will try to make their sixth state finals trip in a row. Senior Cory Cahalan will lead the squad and should get lots of support from seniors Max Hupp and Robert Waiz and sophomore Mitchell Allender.
Providence also have a couple of talented freshmen in Kevin Crone and Max Leist. Crone paced the Pioneers at Saturday’s Zoeller Invitational with a 76.
The Pioneers will be tested by a tough schedule that includes the Spring Preview meet at Legends, the Bloomington North Invitational and the Legends of Providence Invitational on Saturday, May 25 at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Memphis.
“This team has the potential to be better than the teams from the last two years. If everybody can step up a couple of strokes, I think we can be hard to deal with during the season,” Providence coach Ken Allender said. “Our schedule is also very challenging. We’ve got four of the biggest invitationals in the state that we’re going to, so we’re going to face a lot of top-notch opponents in the state.”
SILVER CREEK - With four sophomores and one freshman, the Dragons have lots of room for improvement. They will be led by sophomore Sam Garr, who has a shot of qualifying for regional this year according to Silver Creek coach Joe Ledbetter.
The rest of the Dragons’ lineup includes sophomores Max Moore, Nick Tinsley and Dylan Dean and freshman Cody Zimmerman.
“As a group, we’re still inexperienced,” Ledbetter said. “Sam is our most experienced player by far. He has played lots of summer golf, and he works hard on his game. Max has improved.”
Note: Information on Rock Creek Academy’s boys’ golf team could not be obtained at press time.
Ex-Hornet, Evan Embry played in four events. He finished T32 (72/80) at the Indiana Section Jr. PGA Championship held at Honeywell Golf Course in Wabash, IN. At Quail Crossing (Booneville, IN), he played in two events. The first was the Southern Junior Masters as he fired a 146 (74/72) finishing in 5th place. Two days later he qualified for the Boys State Junior Championship, carding a 3rd place 74. In his final event, the IGA Boys State Junior Championship at Purdue University's Kampen GC, he shot 157 (75/82) to advance to the match play rounds for his second consecutive year.
MR. CONSISTENT: Floyd Central's Shepard earns Player of the Year 6/24/2012 by Matt Koesters (The Evening News)
FLOYDS KNOBS — For his role in leading the Floyd Central boys’ golf team to a fifth-place finish at the state championship meet, Daniel Shepard is the News and Tribune’s Area Player of the Year.
“He just had a really good season,” Floyd Central coach Mike Cason said. “He was consistent all season.”
“I think it’s an honor. I didn’t really expect it,” Shepard said. “I’m thankful for my coach in helping me along, and my parents and stuff.”
Shepard averaged a score of 37.6 strokes per nine holes, playing on some of the state’s toughest courses and some of its toughest competition. But when it came to his best performance of the year, Shepard saved his for last.
At The Legends of Indiana Golf Club in Franklin on the second day of the state meet, three Highlanders picked a bad time to have bad days, shooting in the 80s. Shepard buoyed his team with an even-par 72, preventing a further slide down the leaderboard.
Cason credits Shepard’s coachability and willingness to work for his improvement as a player.
“Going back to his freshman year, we knew he had some talent, but he had a really bad golf swing, and as coaches we told him what he needed to do to change that swing,” Cason said. “He has really worked hard to change his swing and become a much, much better golfer.”
Shepard hasn’t stopped improving. Nor is he willing to stop working to keep getting better.
“My short game has really improved from last year and throughout the season,” Shepard said. “I think I need to be a little more consistent off the tee and getting myself into play.”
The Highlanders lost two seniors to graduation this season, but three players will return. Cason described Shepard as a quiet leader, but expects him to become more vocal next season.
“Jay (Holderman) was a really good leader, and would pump us up before tournaments and matches, and I might do that more next year,” Shepard said. “But we’re going to have three seniors, and three of us together will be the leaders.”
Shepard and fellow All-Area Team members Devin Jenkins and Jack Sparrow know that a state championship is still possiblie.
“State’s definitely attainable. We’d definitely like to do better than we did this year, and we’re just going to work as hard as we can and hope for the best,” Shepard said. “We’re going to try hard to get that state championship.”
Also joining Shepard, Jenkins and Sparrow on the All-Area Team are Providence’s Bryce Very and Henryville’s Evan Embry.
Very led his team to the state meet and continued on after the Highlanders failed to get past Day 1.
Embry made it all the way to the state meet after advancing past the sectional as an individual. Embry shattered several school records during the regular season.
Photos by C.E. Branham
ALL-AREA TEAM (Boys' Golf): Daniel Shepard*, Floyd Central; Evan Embry, Henryville; Jack Sparrow, Floyd Central; Devin Jenkins, Floyd Central; Bryce Very, Providence
Honorable mentions: Jay Holderman, Floyd Central; Austin Peckham, Floyd Central; Cory Cahalan, Providence; Corey Embry, New Albany.
FRANKLIN — The Floyd Central boys’ golf team’s first-round team score at the IHSAA State Finals on Tuesday at The Legends Golf Club did not measure up to its capabilities.
Still, the fifth-ranked Highlanders are in the thick of the race to capture their third state championship.
Floyd Central is currently tied for fourth place with No. 19 Indianapolis Cathedral after shooting a team score of 308 on Tuesday. The Highlanders enter today’s final round just five strokes behind first-place and top-ranked Columbus North.
The top nine teams and squads within 12 shots of first place made the cut for today’s final round.
“We are real happy to be only five shots behind. We’ll get ready for (today),” Floyd Central head coach Mike Cason said.
In a rare instance this season, the Highlanders did not have five players shoot in the 70s.
Only three Floyd Central players fired scores in the 70s. Junior Devin Jenkins recorded the Highlanders’ lowest score with a 2-over-par 74. Jenkins made two birdies and went up-and-down for par on 12 holes.
Fellow FC junior Daniel Shepard carded a 75, as his lone birdie was on the par-3 third hole. Highlander senior Austin Peckham shot a 79, while teammates Jay Holderman and Jack Sparrow had an 80 and 82, respectively.
Floyd Central appeared to be in contention for the lead during the first two-thirds of the first round.
The Highlanders were 7-over-par during the first 12 holes. But they struggled down the stretch as they were 13-over for the final six holes.
Like the rest of the field, the Floyd Central players had to battle an evil crosswind throughout the round. The wind affected scores mightily, as only six individual players shot under par and no team recorded a score of 300 or lower.
“The course played difficult and the wind made it difficult,” Cason said. “I told the kids all day, ‘Scores are going to be high — keep grinding, keep grinding.’”
It marks the fourth consecutive year the Highlanders have made the first-round cut at the state finals. They have placed fourth in the state finals in each of the past three seasons.
Providence did not advance as a team to today’s final round, as it finished in a tie for 16th place with No. 15 Zionsville. The Pioneers fired a team score of 324.
But two Providence players earned berths in the final round in junior Cory Cahalan and senior Bryce Very. The top nine individuals on non-advancing squads and players who were within four strokes of the first-round lead made the cut for the final round.
Cahalan led the Pioneers with a 1-over 73, as he is currently ninth overall. He hit 13 greens in regulation, making three birdies and 11 pars.
Cahalan’s 73 showed how much he has improved since last year’s opening round of the state finals when he fired an 85.
“I think it’s great for him,” Providence head coach Ken Allender said. “Last year, he shot an 85 so what a turnaround for him as he almost shot even-par and he made the second day. He just stayed steady and didn’t get in trouble.”
Very had an adventurous day at Legends as he recorded a 75. But the IUPUI recruit’s score was the seventh-lowest among individuals on non-advancing teams, good enough to qualify for the final round.
Very made three birdies, but had four bogeys and one double bogey. He also was involved in one of the strangest moments of the day when he hit a bird in mid-air on one of his approach shots.
“He had some funny things happen to him. It was just one of those days,” Allender said.
Also for Providence, Mitchell Allender shot an 83, Max Hupp recorded a 93 and Robert Waiz had a 96.
Coach Allender said the gusty winds had a big effect on the Pioneers’ scores.
“If you get it up in the air, the ball can run anywhere,” the Providence boss said. “When you get the ball in a crosswind, it can get away from you.”
In his first state finals appearance, Henryville senior Evan Embry ended his career with a 5-over 77, missing the cut by two shots. Despite knocking in four birdies, Embry had three bogeys and three double bogeys. The double bogeys occurred on the sixth, 11th and 18th holes.
“The three double bogeys were the difference. Just a few holes turned a 71 or 72 into a 77,” Henryville head coach Robin Embry said. “I think he was prepared and ready to go. He felt good and he felt comfortable. He played well other than those three holes.”
Coach Embry said Evan Embry has drawn interest from Oakland City University and Marian University about continuing his golf career. Plus Bellarmine watched the Hornet standout play on Tuesday.
“I’m pretty confident he will play at the next level,” Robin Embry said.
IHSAA STATE FINALS at The Legends Golf Club, Franklin, par-72
(Top nine teams and teams within 12 strokes of the first-round lead advance to today’s final round. Top nine individuals on non-advancing teams or players within four shots of the overall leader qualify for the final round.)
Team scores — Columbus North 303, Brebeuf Jesuit 305, Warsaw 307, Floyd Central 308, Indianapolis Cathedral 308, Carmel 309, Jasper 311, Evansville Harrison 311, Penn 312, Fort Wayne Dwenger 313; missing the cut: Heritage Hills 316, Westfield 317, Noblesville 318, West Lafayette 321, Northridge 322, Zionsville 324, Providence 324, Martinsville 327, Valparaiso 329, Tipton 330, Mishawaka Marian 337.
Highlanders hope their past experience at Legends helps them at IHSAA State Finals 6/11/2012 by Kevin Harris (The Evening News)
FRANKLIN — No boys’ golf team in this week’s IHSAA State Finals knows The Legends Golf Club better than fifth-ranked Floyd Central.
The Highlanders will play in the state finals at the par-72 course for the fourth consecutive season, and they won the Spring Preview meet at Legends in April.
Today and Wednesday, the Highlanders hope their knowledge of Legends will propel them to the program’s third state championship.
Floyd Central begins its title quest this afternoon as it plays in the first round of the state finals at Legends. The top nine teams or the squads within 12 strokes of the lead after the first round will advance to Wednesday’s final round.
Cason thinks the Highlanders must shoot a team score between 295 and 300 to make the first-round cut.
“The biggest thing I preach to the kids is to play their own game,” Cason said. “They cannot put up any big numbers and they can’t give up. All five kids need to play well. That’s what I’m looking for.”
In this year’s Spring Preview, Floyd Central posted a winning score of 300. Three Highlanders each shot a 2-over-par 74, who were juniors Devin Jenkins and Daniel Shepard and sophomore Jack Sparrow.
Cason believes the Spring Preview victory and his troops’ play so far in the 2012 postseason give them some momentum heading into the state tournament.
“I think (the Spring Preview) and the way we played at sectional and regional give us some confidence,” Cason said. “We’ve always played (Legends) well.”
The Highlanders start the first round on the back nine today. But Cason does not care what side of the golf course his players begin the state finals.
“I don’t think that makes any difference if you start on the front or the back,” Cason said.
Providence also has gained a lot of knowledge about Legends over the past few years. The Pioneers enter the state finals with the longest active streak of state tournament appearances with five.
Like Cason, Providence head coach Ken Allender thinks his team must shoot around 300 to make the cut.
“I think we are capable of shooting 300,” Allender said. “I really like coaching these guys. They’ve got the talent. I’d like to see 300 out of them (today). It would be a good accomplishment for them.”
Providence played in this year’s Spring Preview, but did not fare as well as Floyd Central. The Pioneers shot a team score of 344 during the tournament as they battled cold conditions throughout the day.
Despite his squad’s rough outing, Allender thinks it was valuable experience for his golfers, especially his more inexperienced players in junior Robert Waiz and freshman Mitchell Allender.
“I think that tournament was good for those guys,” Coach Allender said. “The Spring Preview had around 15 top-20 teams in the state, so it was a good experience for us.”
Both the Highlanders and Pioneers played practice rounds at Legends on Monday. Cason says the dry weather in central Indiana has had a major effect on the course.
“It’s awfully dry up here, especially the rough,” Cason said. “I think the course will play shorter than normal.”
The Pioneers shot a team score of around 300 on Monday, and Coach Allender likes the condition of the course.
“The golf course is fine,” he said. “If you hit it in the rough, it will bounce and roll forever. The greens are in good shape.”
Photos by C.E. Branham
Joining Floyd Central and Providence in today’s first round will be Henryville senior Evan Embry, who will be making his first appearance in the state finals.
Embry played practice rounds at Legends on Friday and Monday, firing a 74 on Friday. Prior to those two practice rounds, he played Legends once just for fun. Embry has never played a tournament round on the course.
Embry must be among the top nine individuals on non-advancing teams in the first round to qualify for Wednesday’s final round. He also can advance to the final round by finishing within four strokes of the opening-round leader.
Henryville head coach Robin Embry says his nephew needs to shoot around even-par to have a good shot of making the cut.
“If he can hang around even-par, I think he’ll be OK,” Robin Embry said. “It’s one of those things where the more he plays the course, the more familiar he is with it.”
Coach Embry says Evan Embry is not happy just to be at state. The Hornet standout wants to be competitive.
“This is the icing on the cake for him,” Robin Embry said. “But he wants to shoot something under par. He’s not coming up here just to enjoy the weather.”
Fifth-ranked Floyd Central and Henryville senior Evan Embry had to wait until the last putt dropped to learn their fate in the boys’ golf regional Thursday at Champions Pointe in Memphis, Ind.
The Highlanders missed their goal by a single stroke. Embry made his by the same razor-thin margin.
No. 1 Columbus North defended its championship and validated its ranking with an impressive team total of 293, clipping the Highlanders by one shot for the title. Providence, unranked and overlooked as a contender, claimed the third spot at 306.
The top three in the 12-team field, plus the top three individuals who were not members of qualifying teams, advanced to the first round of the state finals at The Legends of Indiana in Franklin on Tuesday.
Embry, who came up a shot short of a playoff last year, fired a 2-over-par 74 to claim an individual invitation. Madison sophomore Jordan Griffith was the medalist with a sizzling 3-under 69, while Bedford North Lawrence senior Chase Wagner carded a 75 and won a one-hole playoff with a par for the last slot.
Embry’s wait was the most agonizing. He was in the first threesome off the first tee, posted a 2-under 34 on the front nine and was cruising comfortably along until a disaster on the final hole nearly cost him.
The 18th hole is Champions’ most vicious and unforgiving, with a water hazard down the left side and fronting the green, and unmowed, hip-high grass down the right of the difficult par-4. Embry popped up his tee shot, then miscalculated his recovery shot and dumped it in the hazard, finally walking off with a triple-bogey.
That debacle ended at 1:30. He spent the next two hours beating himself up emotionally and worrying.
“I was just furious,” Embry said. “I was hitting the ball well and playing conservatively. But it’s a tough hole. I probably didn’t play it the smartest way. I’ve played here a thousand times and you’d think I would know. It took me 30 minutes to get over myself.”
When the last scores were posted, Embry was safe — and relieved.
“It’s been my goal,” he said. “It’s a lot of weight off my shoulders. I put a lot of pressure on myself.”
The BullDogs had four scores of 74 or better to edge the Highlanders, who were captained by Jack Sparrow’s 1-under 71. His round was capped by an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole, which he tamed with a driver, 5-wood approach and 50-foot putt.
James Peckham added a 73 for Floyd Central, which will try to topple North and end the Highlanders’ string of three straight fourth-place conclusions in the state finals next week.
“It was just a putt here or putt there today,” Floyd coach Mike Cason said. “It’s all it takes. Any time you have good competition it makes you better. We know North is good, and we know we’ll have to play well to beat them.
“We played well, really well on the back nine. I’m happy with that. Coming back and playing strong on the second nine is always good. They battled all the way.”
The Pioneers were the day’s surprise. With senior Bryce Very carding three birdies and posting a 1-under 71, they erased a deficit at the turn and stunned one of the tourney favorites. Freshman Mitchell Allender had a 77 (despite a double-bogey on his final hole), and Cory Cahalan added a 78.
Providence started on the tougher back nine. When No. 6 Bedford North Lawrence, which was challenging for the lead after opening on the front, faltered on the back, the Pioneers quietly claimed the final spot while Madison (312) and BNL (314) came up short.
Very matched Griffith, Peckham and Floyd’s Devin Jenkins (74) for the best round on the back nine (1-under 35).
“I was just waiting for Bryce to pop out,” Providence coach Ken Allender said. “And I knew he would.”
PROVIDENCE REGIONAL RESULTS at Champions Pointe Golf Club, Memphis, par-72
(Top three teams and top three individuals on non-advancing teams qualify for next week’s IHSAA State Finals.)
Team scores — Columbus North 293, Floyd Central 294, Providence 306, Madison 312, Bedford North Lawrence 314, Columbus East 318, Corydon 327, Bloomington South 328, Jennings County 329, Batesville 341, East Central 350, Edgewood 357.
Medalist — Griffith (M) 69.
Top three individuals on non-advancing teams — Griffith (M) 69, E. Embry (H) 74, Wagner (BNL) 75*. * — Wagner won a playoff to get third qualifying spot.
Memphis — Once again, the Clark-Floyd area will be well-represented at the IHSAA boys’ golf state finals.
For the fourth consecutive year, Floyd Central and Providence both advanced to next week’s state finals by finishing second and third, respectively, in Thursday’s Providence Regional at Champions Pointe Golf Club.
Photos by C.E. Branham
Joining the Highlanders and Pioneers at the state finals will be Henryville senior Evan Embry, who will be making his first trip to state. The top three teams and top three individuals on non-advancing squads at regional qualified for the state finals, which will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
It was close, but no cigar for the fifth-ranked Highlanders in their attempt to win their first regional title since 2010.
Floyd Central shot a team score of 294, only one stroke behind top-ranked and regional champion Columbus North. It was the Bull Dogs’ second regional championship in a row.
Highlanders’ head coach Mike Cason said the difference between the two squads was Columbus North shot better on the front nine than his players. The Bull Dogs were four strokes ahead of Floyd Central after the first nine holes. On the back nine, the Highlanders were three shots better than North.
“Basically, they got off to a better start than we did,” Cason said. “We just got off to a bad start.”
Despite not capturing the regional championship, Floyd Central did what it has pretty much done all season — get all five of its players in the 70s.
Sophomore Jack Sparrow led the Highlanders with a 1-under-par 71, as he finished in a tie for second medalist with Providence’s Bryce Very. Sparrow had birdies on the ninth and 16th holes and recorded an eagle on the par-5 No. 6.
Floyd Central senior Austin Peckham recovered from a rough start to shoot a 1-over 73. After Peckham began his round with a triple bogey on the first hole and bogeys at Nos. 2 and 4, he birdied four of the next six holes. He carded a 1-under 35 on the backside.
“I don’t think anybody but a senior could’ve done that. He had a really strong round,” Cason said about Peckham’s performance. “(Sparrow) was steady all the way during his round. His chipped and putting were solid.”
Floyd Central junior Devin Jenkins fired a 74, while senior Jay Holderman chipped in a 76. Highlander junior Daniel Shepard carded a 78. Floyd Central qualified for the state finals for the fourth straight year and the eighth time in nine seasons.
Very helped the Pioneers reach the state finals for the fifth year in a row. The senior made 13 pars and three birdies in recording his 71, which was two strokes behind medalist Jordan Griffith of Madison.
The Providence coaching staff was a little uncertain how Very, who will be playing in his fourth consecutive state finals, would start his round after he was snap-hooking his drives on the Champions Pointe driving range prior to the regional.
But those concerns were put to rest when Very shot a 1-under 35 on the backside to begin his round.
“I wasn’t really nervous. It was more timing than anything,” Very said about his problems prior to the round. “I had to find my timing and then I did fine. I tried to make it easy for me. I just wanted to hit fairways and greens.”
The player who aided the Pioneers the most in securing their state finals berth was Mitchell Allender. The freshman shot Providence’s second-lowest score with a 77, giving the Pioneers three players in the 70s.
“That’s probably the one player we didn’t have high expectations for with him being a freshman,” said Providence head coach Ken Allender, who is Allender’s father. “He looked like he was not in a panic at all out there.”
Junior Cory Cahalan was the third Pioneer in the 70s, scoring a 78. Teammate Robert Waiz had an 80 and Providence senior Elliott Happel shot a 90. The Pioneers posted a team score of 306, six shots lower than fourth-place Madison.
“Since school has been out, they’ve been out on the course every day as a group,” Coach Allender said. “They’ve latched onto the course and gotten together.”
Embry had a memorable day on his home course. The Henryville standout shot a 2-over 74, as he posted the second-lowest score for individuals on non-advancing teams. Embry fired a 2-under 34 on the front side and started the back nine with a birdie on No. 10.
Embry wound up with 12 pars and three birdies. His only blemish on the day was a triple bogey on the par-4 18th.
Embry bounced back after firing a disappointing 77 in Monday’s Providence Sectional at Covered Bridge Golf Club. Prior to Monday’s round, he had shot an even-par 72 in each of his two previous trips to Covered Bridge.
“Monday, I focused on my mechanics too much. But today, it was just me and the golf course. I just wanted to play my game,” Embry said. “I got off to a good start. I made a birdie on No. 1, which got rid of the nerves. I felt confident and my ballstriking was doing well.”
Embry thanked several people for helping him reach the state finals, including Champions Pointe head golf professional Scott Ivey.
“It’s just a big accomplishment,” Embry said. “I want to thank my family, my coach and Scott Ivey, who’s my swing coach. He helped me a lot.”
Henryville head coach Robin Embry, who is Embry’s uncle, was proud of his nephew for getting his first state berth.
“I think this is tremendous for him,” Robin Embry said. “I’ve been watching him play golf since he was 6 years old, and it’s good to see a good kid have his hard work pay off in such a big way.”
New Albany’s Corey Embry and Garrett Arnold each fell short of qualifying for state. Corey Embry, a senior, carded an 80, while Arnold, a junior, shot an 86.
PROVIDENCE REGIONAL RESULTS at Champions Pointe Golf Club, Memphis, par-72
(Top three teams and top three individuals on non-advancing teams qualify for next week’s IHSAA State Finals.)
Team scores — Columbus North 293, Floyd Central 294, Providence 306, Madison 312, Bedford North Lawrence 314, Columbus East 318, Corydon 327, Bloomington South 328, Jennings County 329, Batesville 341, East Central 350, Edgewood 357.
Medalist — Griffith (M) 69.
Top three individuals on non-advancing teams — Griffith (M) 69, E. Embry (H) 74, Wagner (BNL) 75*. * — Wagner won a playoff to get third qualifying spot.
SELLERSBURG — The Floyd Central boys’ golf team’s sectional-title streak continued on Monday at Covered Bridge Golf Club.
The fifth-ranked Highlanders won their 10th consecutive sectional championship and their 13th title in 14 seasons by dominating the Providence Sectional. Floyd Central fired a team score of 295 and had all five of its players shoot in the 70s.
Photos by C.E. Branham
The top three teams and top three individuals on non-advancing teams qualified for Thursday’s Providence Regional at Champions Pointe Golf Club.
“The guys really played good. We played really good on the front nine, where we were 1-under (par),” Highlanders’ head coach Mike Cason said. “I can’t complain about anybody’s game.”
Floyd Central junior Devin Jenkins earned sectional medalist honors for the first time in his high school career.
Jenkins and Highlander senior Jay Holderman tied for first place in the individual standings at the end of regulation play, each shooting a 1-over-par 73. Both Floyd Central players went to a sudden-death playoff, starting on the par-4 first hole. They played until the par-3 third, where Jenkins clinched medalist honors with a birdie.
“It was pretty fun,” Jenkins said about squaring off with his teammate in the playoff. “I hit the ball pretty decent and putted pretty good. I made some birdies.”
Jenkins made three birdies during his round and shot an even-par 36 on the back side. Holderman was on fire on the front side, firing a 3-under 33 with third birdies.
Rounding out the scoring for the Highlanders were sophomore Jack Sparrow with a 74 and senior Austin Peckham with a 75. Floyd Central junior Daniel Shepard carded a 77.
“Their goal is to win the state tournament and this was the first step in doing that today,” Cason said.
The host Pioneers punched their tickets to their own regional by finishing second with a team score of 312.
Senior Bryce Very shot Providence’s lowest score with a 2-over 74, one stroke shy of joining Jenkins and Holderman in the medalist playoff. Very made one birdie on the 17th and had 14 pars, as he scored a 36 on the back nine.
Pioneers’ head coach Ken Allender said Very was a little disappointed that he did not earn medalist honors.
“He said he didn’t hit the ball well today. Sometimes it’s tough to break through,” Allender said.
Junior Cory Cahalan was the only other Providence player to shoot in the 70s, carding a 76. The Pioneers’ Mitchell Allender and Robert Waiz each fired an 81, while junior Max Hupp chipped in a 90.
Ken Allender said he needed at least one player to fire a real low number to make a run at Floyd Central for the title.
“I thought someone had to go low for us to have a chance, and we couldn’t do that,” he said. “Overall, I was pleased. Bryce was on the verge of being medalist again. Cory had a good, consistent round. Mitchell Allender had a good round despite the conditions.”
New Albany fell short of advancing to regional, placing fourth with a 326. The Bulldogs were 12 strokes behind third-place Corydon, which had three players in the 70s.
But New Albany had two of the top three individual qualifiers on non-advancing teams in senior Corey Embry and junior Garrett Arnold.
Embry carded the Bulldogs’ lowest score with a 76. Embry made three birdies, which came on the fifth, seventh and 10th holes.
Arnold advanced to regional by winning a one-hole playoff for the final individual qualifying spot with North Harrison’s Zach Shearer and Scottsburg’s Justin Wright. Arnold fired an 81 during his round, as a birdie on No. 9 and an eagle on No. 14 helped him overcome four double bogeys.
One area player who was expected to contend for medalist honors was Henryville’s Evan Embry, who posted an even-par 72 in each of his two previous trips to Covered Bridge.
But the Hornet senior could not match that score on Monday, as he settled for a 77. Evan Embry did not make any birdies, while he had three bogeys and one double bogey. Still, he advanced to the regional as the No. 2 individual on a non-advancing team.
“I think a lot of it was self-imposed pressure and it got to him,” Henryville head coach Robin Embry said. “He hit a couple of shots that made it tough for him.”
Coach Embry thinks Evan Embry has a shot to advance to next week’s IHSAA State Finals at regional, which will be played on the Hornets’ home course.
“He will want to be competitive in that,” Robin Embry said about regional. “He expects to shoot somewhere near par.”
Jeffersonville wound up sixth with a 357, followed by Silver Creek in eighth with a 365. Borden was ninth with a 374. Charlestown finished 11th with a 407, followed by Henryville (408) and New Washington (507). Clarksville and Christian Academy of Indiana each fielded incomplete teams.
Three Clark-Floyd area players — Clarksville’s Nick Cappola, CAI’s Jayson Arrell and Jeff’s Zack Lovan — were one stroke shy of getting into the playoff for the regional’s third individual qualifying spot. Each player shot an 82.
PROVIDENCE SECTIONAL at Covered Bridge Golf Club, Sellersburg, par-72
Team scores — Floyd Central 295, Providence 312, Corydon 314, New Albany 326, Scottsburg 350, Jeffersonville 357, North Harrison 364, Silver Creek 365, Borden 374, Lanesville 388, Charlestown 407, Henryville 408 (Embry 77, Fields 105, Furnish 105, Reister 121), New Washington 507, Austin NTS, Christian Academy of Indiana NTS, Clarksville NTS, South Central NTS
Henryville senior Evan Embry earned medalist honors in the Southern Athletic Conference meet, leading the Hornets to the conference title at Champions Pointe Golf Club. Henryville posted a team score of 361.
Embry fired a 1-under-par 71, becoming the first golfer in SAC history to win conference medalist honors four times.
Other scores for the Hornets were Cody Gray with a career-low 84, Cameron Furnish with a 102, Mitchell Fields with a 104 and Bailey Reister with a 108. Gray and Embry each made the all-conference team.
“I’m really happy for the kids. They’re a fun group to coach and they came through in a big way today,” said Henryville head coach Robin Embry, who was named SAC Coach of the Year. “Evan played very well. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — some college coach is going to look very smart when they sign him.”
Borden finished third with a 374. The Braves’ Matt Smith and Tony Wagoner III shot an 86 and 87, respectively, as they both made the all-conference team. Also for Borden, Jared Cook shot a 98, T.J. Fraley had a 103 and Jesse McCombs shot a 105.
Henryville senior Evan Embry was the medalist during last week’s Southern Indiana Open at Hidden Creek with a one-over-par 73. It was the 10th time he has been a tournament medalist this season. Embry is also a fortunate survivor of the March 2 tornado that tore through southern Indiana.
The Courier-Journal: What’s been the biggest improvement in your game this season?
Evan Embry: The biggest thing for me over the last couple of years is I’ve matured a lot and became more confident in my game. It’s trusting my game and knowing what I can do. I’ve put in a lot of time practicing my short game, and that’s where you score in golf. I’m beginning to learn that.
C-J: Are there professionals you like to watch for pointers?
Embry: Everybody likes Tiger (Woods), but I really like Rory McIlroy. His swing is basically flawless, and I like the way he carries himself.
C-J: What do you enjoy away from golf?
Embry: I like to hang out with my family. They’ve been a big part of my life. They’ve supported me all the way through golf, they’ve given me what I need to be successful. Ever since I was 4 or 5 years old, I was going out to the course with my dad, and he’s been a big part of my golf career.
C-J: Your uncle (Robin) is your high school coach. How does that relationship work on the course?
Embry: On the course, it’s just like any coach-player relationship. Off the course, our families are together a lot and we spend a lot of time together. We talk about golf a lot.
C-J: Almost everyone in Henryville was impacted by the tornado on March 2. What is your story?
Embry: My girlfriend and I left the high school about 2:45, and we heard there was a tornado spotted in west Clark County. We headed to my house, and my parents were there. We don’t have a basement, and the radar didn’t really show it was coming toward us, but my father decided we needed to go to a basement just to be safe. So we headed out to my uncle’s house.
On our way there, we saw it coming. Once we got to my uncle’s house, there was a tornado about 400 yards from us and it was chasing us down the road. So when we got to the house, we were going to open the garage – which led down to the basement – but the power had already gone out and the keyless entry wouldn’t work on the garage door. So my dad decided the best thing was to jump behind a 2-foot retaining wall, so all of us got down behind that as the tornado went over the top of us.
C-J: How frightening was that moment?
Embry: It was definitely the scariest thing in my life. It was the one time in life I thought I might actually die. There was destruction all around, trees down everywhere.
C-J: Has it been difficult to put that day behind you?
Embry: I still think about it, how lucky we are. The first couple of weeks were tough because you just keep playing it over in your head. Now I’m trying to get away from it because I don’t like thinking about it too much. It will always be there.
C-J: What do you love about the game of golf?
Embry: The biggest thing is it’s all on your own. I like basketball and other team sports, but in golf you’re in control of everything. You’re not playing against anybody else, it’s just against yourself and you control what you do. It’s one of the most frustrating and challenging sports, but at the same time it’s the most rewarding. All it takes is hard work and dedication.
C-J: What are your goals for the state tournament?
Embry: Last year I missed going to the state by one stroke. So this year I have my goals set high. Hopefully I can be the sectional, regional and state champion. That’s the ultimate goal of course, but mainly I just want to get to the state finals. From there, we’ll see what we can do.
EVAN EMBRY UP CLOSE
School: Henryville Class: Senior Family: Parents Roger and Rhonda; sisters Alyson (21) and Amanda (20)
Student/athlete: Evan also played basketball and soccer, and he is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He plans to major in business or sports management in college.
Coach Robin Embry: “The key is Evan’s a good person. He’s a young man with great work ethic and a high-character kid. You have to have that before you can excel at anything. On the course, his short game has really improved. Some college coach will look really smart when they sign him.”
Silver Creek shot a team score of 176 to place first in a triangular meet at Westwood Golf Course in Scottsburg. Henryville was second with a 192, while host Austin placed third with a 257.
Dragon freshman Sam Garr captured medalist honors with a 38. Also for Silver Creek, Collin Tingle shot a 41, Zach Ricketts carded a 48, Blake Duncan and Nick Tinsley each had a 49 and Ethan McCartney scored a 52.
Senior Evan Embry led the Hornets with a 39. Rounding out the scoring for Henryville were Mitchell Fields with a 47, Cody Gray with a 49 and Cameron Furnish with a 57. Bailey Reister added a 59.
“It was a tough day on the links,” Hornets’ head coach Robin Embry said. “The course is one we are not overly familiar with, but that’s no excuse.”
SELLERSBURG — On Saturday at Hidden Creek Golf Club, the Providence boys’ golf team collected a familiar piece of hardware — the Southern Indiana Open championship trophy.
The Pioneers shot a team score of 308 to win the 20th annual tournament for the third time in four years and the sixth time overall. Providence had four players shoot in the 70s, much to the delight of Pioneers’ head coach Ken Allender.
“I’m pretty happy with the four scores in the 70s,” Allender said. “I feel pretty good about where we are going right now. If we can tighten the corners a little bit, that would be great.”
Photos by C.E. Branham
The SIO’s key matchup was the battle for medalist honors between Henryville senior Evan Embry and Providence senior Bryce Very.
Embry nipped Very by one stroke, as the Hornet standout fired a 1-over-par 73 to collect a medalist award for the 10th time in 2012. Embry made five birdies, including chipping one in on the par-4 18th hole to conclude his round. He had eight pars, four bogeys and one double bogey.
Henryville head coach Robin Embry said Evan Embry wanted to redeem himself at the SIO after he shot a 92 in the tournament a year ago.
“That’s probably the one day last year that he struggled. He wanted to play a good round today and he did,” Coach Embry said. “He’s still gaining in confidence. But part of it is his work ethic. He’s really dedicated and he’s earned that confidence.”
Very’s 2-over 74 included 11 pars, a pair of birdies, two bogeys and two double bogeys. The IUPUI signee also made an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole.
“Bryce had it going early,” Allender said. “He never goes super low, but he’s always right there.”
Allender commented that this is not the first time that Very and Evan Embry have tried to outperform each other in the same tourney.
“Embry is a good player and those two have gone neck-and-neck in a lot of events they’ve played in before,” Allender said.
Coach Embry complimented Very’s round afterwards.
“Bryce is a really good player and Providence has got a couple of other good players,” the Hornets’ coach said. “Evan is one of the best players in the area. Sometimes it comes down to getting a lucky break or two.”
Junior Cory Cahalan recorded the Pioneers’ second-lowest score with a 77, placing him fourth in the individual standings. Cahalan had four bogeys, three birdies, three double bogeys and an eagle on the par-4 12th.
Teammates Mitchell Allender and Elliott Happel fired a 78 and 79, respectively. Providence junior Robert Waiz ended up with an 84.
Coach Allender thinks winning the SIO should give his players some momentum heading into the Providence Sectional in three weeks at Covered Bridge Golf Club.
“I’m happy with the progress of all these guys,” the Providence mentor said. “Cory didn’t hit the ball great today, but he found a way to have a good round.”
New Albany finished second for the third time in four years with a team score of 321. Senior Corey Embry, last year’s SIO medalist, was the only Bulldog to shoot in the 70s with a 78. New Albany seniors Tyler Banet and Damon Nelson each scored an 80, while teammate Johnny Smith fired an 83. Junior Dustin Miller chipped in an 87.
Jeffersonville wound up fourth with a 341. Three Red Devils shot in the 80s — Dalton Naiser with an 81, Jordan Lacy with an 83 and Dillon Willis with an 87. Jeff senior Zack Lovan had a 90.
Henryville placed sixth with a 360. Robin Embry liked the round he got out of Hornet junior Mitchell Fields, who had an 86.
“I was really happy with Mitchell. Team-wise, we’re coming together,” Coach Embry said.
Silver Creek finished seventh with a 362. Freshman Sam Garr paced the Dragons with a 79, followed by teammate Collin Tingle with an 85.
Borden finished 10th with a 382, tournament host Charlestown was 11th with a 395 and Clarksville ended up 12th with a 412.
Borden’s lowest score an 89 by Matt Smith. The Pirates’ Doug Wolfe fired a team-low 89, and the Generals’ Nick Cappola shot an 81.
SOUTHERN INDIANA OPEN at Hidden Creek Golf Club, Sellersburg, par-72
Team scores — Providence 308, New Albany 321, Scottsburg 338, Jeffersonville 341, Lanesville 359, Henryville 360 (Embry 73, Fields 86, Gray 98, Furnish 103, Reister 116), Silver Creek 362, West Washington 367, North Harrison 369, Borden 382, Charlestown 395, Clarksville 412
Evan Embry shot a 2-under-par 33 to win medalist honors and lead Henryville to a dual-meet victory over CAI at Hidden Creek Golf Club’s Links Nine course, 169-208. Embry made three birdies and one bogey.
Also for the Hornets, Mitchell Fields fired a 43, Cody Gray had a 44, Cameron Furnish carded a 49 and Bailey Reister had a 50.
“We played pretty well,” Henryville head coach Robin Embry said. “Evan really likes that course. Our No. 2 and 3 players played better and our No. 4 and 5 players are getting better.”
Jason Arrell led the Warriors with a 39. Teammates Chris Kidd and Travis Jones each scored a 52.
Henryville (169) - Embry (33), Fields (43), Gray (44), Furnish (49), Reister (50) Christian Academy (201) - Arrell (39), Kidd (52), Jones (52)
Henryville tops at Champions Pointe 5/7/2012 by Matt Koesters & Kevin Harris (The Evening News)
Henryville scored a 182 to win a triangular meet against South Central and Christian Academy of Indiana at Champions Pointe on Monday.
Henryville’s Evan Embry took medalist honors with a 38.
Also for the Hornets, Mitchell Fields and Cody Gray each shot a 46, Cameron Furnish carded a 52 and Bailey Reister had a 61.
For CAI, Jason Arrell led the way with a 41. Travis Jones shot a 62, Joe Melton hit a 69 and Luke Curry put down a 70.
Henryville (182) - Embry (38), Gray (46), Fields (46), Furnish (52), Reister (61) South Central (201) - Parrish (47), Denn (49), Quire (50), Edlin (55) Christian Academy (242) - Arrell (41), Jones (62), Melton (69), Curry (70)
Henryville’s Embry earns medalist honors at Hauser Invite 5/5/2012 by Kevin Harris (The Evening News)
Henryville senior Evan Embry shot an even-par 72 to win medalist honors at the Hauser Invitational at Clifty Creek Golf Course in Hope.
Henryville placed fifth as a team with a 364. For the Hornets, Cody Gray scored a 95, Cameron Furnish had a 98, Mitchell Fields fired a 99 and Bailey Reister carded a 103.
“Evan played a very solid round. He’s hitting the ball well and his short game continues to improve. He was runner-up (in the Hauser Invitational) last season and was happy to earn medallist honors today,” Henryville head coach Robin Embry said. “As far as our team score, our No. 2 and 3 spots have to score better. We’re improving, and with hard work, we’ll play our best golf over the last few weeks of the season.”
On Thursday, Henryville shot a team score of 192 to finish second in a quadrangular meet at Chariot’s Run Golf Course in Elizabeth. Lanesville won the meet with a 176, followed by host South Central in third with a 194 and Rock Creek Community Academy in fourth with a 236.
Henryville’s Evan Embry was the medalist, shooting a 39. Also for the Hornets, Mitchell Fields had a 47, Bailey Reister fired a 52, Cody Gray shot a 54 and Cameron Furnish had a 55.
“Our No. 1, Evan, has been solid all spring, and we’re getting what we expect from our No. 4 and No. 5 (players),” Henryville head coach Robin Embry said. “However, our No. 2 and No. 3 have got to get more consistent with low to mid 40s. We’ve had three matches in a row that we haven’t played to our ability.”
For Rock Creek, Brett Kastetler shot a 46, Jeremiah Wilkinson had a 52, Ben Hill had a 66 and Luke Thompson fired a 72.
Lanesville (176) - Henryville (192) - Embry (39), Fields (47), Reister (52), Gray (54), Furnish (55) South Central (194) - Rock Creek (236) - Kastetler (46), Wilkinson (52), Hill (66), Thompson (72)
CORYDON - Invaders from the west, Heritage Hills, swooped in Saturday evening and came away with the team championship in the Bud Bennett Memorial Invitational at Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon.
Attention turned to the scoreboard inside the clubhouse as golfers rushed in to escape a downpour of rain, gusting winds and lightning in the distance. Looking at the board, golfers and spectators were impressed with the 6-under par 66 posted by Heritage Hills' Travis Waninger.
Waninger's round consisted of an eagle on No. 8, a par five, to go along with his six birdies. He closed the par-72 course with a 66. It is the lowest score recorded in the Invitational since the current hole configurations took place.
"That's an unbelievable score," said Corydon Central's Timothy Wiseman. "He's a great player. I saw some of his shots. He'll be really good."
Heritage Hills also had the second-place individual with Preston VanWinkle scoring a 1-under par 71. As a team, the Patriots finished with a 293, just ahead of Floyd Central (300), which is ranked No. 3 in the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association poll.
Wiseman, however, helped lead the host Panthers to a third-place finish. As a team, Corydon Central tallied a 320, not far behind the leaders.
With all golfers playing from the blue tees, Wiseman was able to card four birdies. He had two on the front nine (No. 6 and 9) and the same on the back (No. 13 and 16).
"I hit the ball OK," Wiseman said of his fourth-place finish as an individual. "My irons weren't as strong as they normally are, but my putting and short game were really good today. My play around the green helped me stay in the low 70s."
For the 18 holes, Wiseman had nine pars with the lone hole to give him major trouble being No. 10, where he double bogeyed.
"It was a smooth start with a couple pars and a birdie on six," he said. "I got to the green in two and two-putted for the birdie. I had a couple birdies late to offset some bogeys and came home with a 74."
Wiseman, a freshman, is part of a young team the Panthers are rolling out. Among the five who played for Corydon Central in the Invitational, three are freshmen and two are sophomores.
Fellow freshman Ryan Crawford stayed even par on the backside, shooting a 36. He didn't fare as well on the front, firing a 43 for an overall respectable score of 79.
Sophomore Joseph Hinton had a steady round of 40 on each side to close with an 80. Classmate Tommy Wiseman shot a 94, while freshman Mitchell Frederick had an 87.
Among the 13 teams that participated, Lanesville came home in ninth with a 364 while North Harrison was 10th with a 370.
The Eagles had three scorers in the 80s, paced by Harrison Wells' 85. Teammates Dalton Voyles and Clayton Engel posted 88s. Ian Herrington (104) and Jordan Shepherd (108) also participated for Lanesville.
Chase Spencer led the way for North Harrison with an 83. Not far behind was Zach Shearer, who posted an 84. Also recording scores for the Cougars were Brent LaDuke (95), Andrew Dones (108) and Marty Craig (108).
Approximately 10 golfers were unable to finish their last hole when stormy weather approached and eventually covered Old Capital. When the weather eventually lightened, darkness prevented safe completion of play. After a meeting with coaches and Justin Holland, the Old Capital Club Professional, it was determined the players yet to finish would receive a par on their last hole to complete their rounds.
The Bud Bennett Invitational, formerly named the Corydon Invitational, underwent the title change to honor Floyd (Bud) Bennett, who died Feb. 1. Bennett was the owner and president of Bennett & Bennett Insurance Inc. and often supported the young golfers in the community.
"He was like a grandpa to me, and I looked up to him," said Timothy Wiseman. "To play well here in this tournament named in his honor means a lot to me."
Bud Bennett Invitational at Old Capital in Corydon, IN; Par 72
Team results – Heritage Hills 293, Floyd Central 300, Corydon Central 320, Springs Valley 344, New Albany 350, Scottsburg 352, Providence 352, Jeffersonville 354, Lanesville 364, North Harrison 370, Henryville 399 (Embry 74, Gray 103, Fields 110, Furnish 112, Reister 125), Forest Park 441, Clarksville 516
Dragons win West Clark Shootout 4/26/2012 by Matt Koesters & Kevin Harris (The Evening News)
Silver Creek won the fourth annual West Clark Shootout for the second time at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Memphis.
The Dragons registered a score of zero, as the tournament used the Modified Stableford scoring system.
Silver Creek freshman Sam Garr posted a score of plus-nine, and senior Colin Tingle added a plus-six. Also for the Dragons, Zach Ricketts shot a minus-six, Ethan McCartney scored a minus-nine, Max Moore had a minus-13 and Blake Duncan fired a minus-16.
Henryville posted a team score of minus-nine to finish second.
Henryville senior Evan Embry had another solid round, shooting a plus-13 to earn medalist honors. Teammate Mitchell Fields shot a minus-two, while the Hornets’ Cody Gray had a minus-eight. Also for Henryville, Cameron Furnish fired a minus-12 and Bailey Reister had a minus-15.
“It’s a fun format for the kids,” Hornets’ head coach Robin Embry said. “We were disappointed with our scores. We took a little bit of a bounce-back. Evan had a good round.”
Borden placed third with a team score of minus-22. Rounding out the scoring for the Braves were Matt Smith with a minus-two, Jared Cook with a minus-six and Jesse McCombs and T.J. Fraley each with a minus-seven. Borden’s Tony Wagoner III posted a minus-eight.
Embry shines at Hidden Creek 4/24/2012 by Matt Koesters & Kevin Harris (The Evening News)
Henryville’s Evan Embry shot a near-perfect game on the Links Nine course at Hidden Creek Golf Club on Tuesday to lead the Hornets to a victory over Charlestown and Lanesville.
Embry carded a school-record, 5-under-par 30 through nine holes to help the Hornets post a team score of 160. Embry made six birdies and only one bogey.
“Even though that’s a little easier course than we normally play, you’ve got to get the ball in the hole,” Henryville head coach Robin Embry said about Evan Embry’s effort. “He expects to shoot more rounds under par.”
The next-best score of any team also came from the victors, as Mitchell Fields turned in a 39.
Rounding out Henryville scores were Cody Gray with a 41, Cameron Furnish with a 51 and Bailey Reister with a 50.
“All the kids continue to improve,” said Coach Embry, who mentioned that his players went out and played another nine holes after Tuesday’s match to get ready for Saturday’s Old Capital Invitational in Corydon. “They’re working at it and they are a fun group to coach.”
Charlestown placed third in the meet with a team score of 175, four strokes behind Lanesville. Clayton Terry stroked a 41 to lead the way for the Pirates.
Also for Charlestown, Tyler Jackson stroked a 43, Luke Watson hit a 44 and Chris Braun shot a 47.
“This was our best team score of the year, so we’re getting there a few strokes at a time, especially with a few guys out,” Charlestown coach Adam Tolliver said. “But when you go up against a guy like (Evan) Embry, it’s going to be tough for you.”
Henryville loses by a stroke 4/16/2012 by Kevin Harris & Matt Koesters (The Evening News)
Trinity Lutheran got the better of Henryville at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour, 182-183.
Henryville’s Evan Embry earned medalist honors with a 38, while teammates Cody Gray and Mitchell Fields turned in a 44 and a 45, respectively.
“We’re getting better,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “Evan always gives us a solid round, and Cody and Mitchell had good scores today. We just need more consistency and ... a fourth score in the 40s. We’ll get there — it’s a fun group to coach.”
Also for Henryville, Bailey Reister shot a 56, while Cameron Furnish had a 62.
Henryville edges Charlestown, Borden 4/11/2012 by Matt Koesters (The Evening News)
Henryville took a narrow victory at Champions Pointe over Borden and Charlestown on Wednesday.
“Overall, we’re improving,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “We feel like we need three scores better than under 45, and probably should have the other ones under 50. We’re not there yet, but overall, early in the season, the kids are playing OK.”
The victorious Hornets shot a 191. Charlestown hit a 194, while Borden was just a stroke behind at 195.
Henryville’s Evan Embry was the medalist at the meet with an even-par 36.
“Evan played very well in really less-than-desirable weather conditions,” Coach Embry said. “He had a birdie on No. 7, did bogey No. 9. He had a couple chances to get a couple more birdies, and couldn’t quite get the putts to fall, but that’s a really solid round for the conditions.”
Also for Henryville, Mitchell Fields shot a 47, Cody Gray hit a 50, Cameron Furnish shot 58 and Bailey Reister chipped in a 62.
For Charlestown, Doug Wolfe and Tyler Jackson had 48 apiece. Jordan Scott and Clayton Terry were a stroke behind at 49, while Luke Watson brought up the rear with a 59.
Borden’s best game came courtesy of Tony Wagoner with a 44. Matt Smith and Jared Cook each turned in 50s, while Jesse McCombs had a 51.
Henryville (191) - Embry (36), Fields (47), Gray (50), Furnish (58), Reister (62) Charlestown (194) - Wolfe (48), Jackson (48), Scott (49), Terry (49), Watson (59) Borden (195) - Wagoner (44), Smith (50), Cook (50), McCombs (51)
Henryville prevails in season opener 4/5/2012 by Kevin Harris (The Evening News)
In its season opener at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Memphis, Henryville fired a team score of 198 to finish first in a triangular meet against Crothersville and Christian Academy of Indiana. The Tigers placed second with a 224, while the Warriors were third with a 232 on the front nine at Champions.
Hornet senior Evan Embry earned medalist honors with a 40. Teammates Cody Gray and Mitchell Fields each shot 47 and 49, respectively. Also for Henryville, Cameron Furnish had a 62 and Bailey Reister carded a 66.
Hornets’ head coach Robin Embry says his players were glad to play a match for the first time since the March 2 tornadoes hit Henryville.
"Honestly, we were excited to be back out on the course, representing Henryville," Coach Embry said. "It was a pretty good start. We played in some tough conditions on the first five holes, as it was windy and cool. Overall, I thought the kids played pretty well."
Jason Arrell led CAI with a 45. Rounding out the scoring for the Warriors were Chris Kidd with a 53, Travis Jones with a 66 and Joe Melton with a 68. Teammate Luke Curry posted a 70.
BORDEN • COACH: Tony Wagoner. • RETURNING PLAYERS: Matt Smith, Sr.; Jared Cook, Sr.; Tony Wagoner III, So.; T.J. Fraley, So. • VARSITY NEWCOMER: Jesse McCombs, Jr. • HOME COURSE: N/A. • TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Lanesville, Henryville; Southern Athletic Conference Championship, Providence Sectional.
• OUTLOOK: With four returning players, Coach Wagoner expects his team to be more competitive this season. Wagoner has liked what he has seen from McCombs so far in practice and thinks the junior will be a key contributor to the Braves this season. Coach Wagoner also thinks the Braves’ schedule will prepare them for the SAC Championship and the sectional.
• COACH WAGONER SAYS: “I really think we will be more consistent with our scores this year, and that will make us more competitive as a team. I expect us to be in every match and for each of my golfers to be in the low 40’s for nine holes each match.”
CHARLESTOWN • COACH: Adam Tolliver • RETURNING PLAYERS: Tyler Jackson, Sr.; Doug Wolfe, Sr. • VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Luke Watson, Sr.; Chris Braun, Jr.; Clayton Terry, Fr. • HOME COURSE: Hidden Creek Golf Club. • TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Floyd Central; Ron Veleta Invitational, Southern Indiana Open, Mid-Southern Conference tournament.
• OUTLOOK: In his first season coaching the Pirate boys’ golf program, Tolliver is stressing to his golfers to be more consistent and mentally tougher. Jackson and Wolfe should provide Charlestown with some veteran leadership. Tolliver has liked the scores he has seen so far from his three newcomers.
• TOLLIVER SAYS: “I expect our guys to be competitive in every meet. Right now, we are still having a bit of inconsistent play. If we can eliminate some of the silly mistakes, such as missing short putts or having an errant second shot after a great drive, I think we’ll be just fine. Finally, I expect our guys to become a little more confident. Golf is a very mental game, so I want my guys to learn to shake off that occasional bad shot and not let it impact future shots.”
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF INDIANA • COACH: Tim Byrd. • RETURNING PLAYERS: Jayson Arrell, Jr.; Chris Kidd, Jr. • VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Travis Jones, Fr.; Luke Curry, Fr.; Joe Melton, Fr.; Marc Botts, Fr.; Zhang Hangming, Fr. • HOME COURSE: Hidden Creek. • TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Providence; Shadowood Tournament, Providence Sectional.
• OUTLOOK: The Warriors have several young golfers, so Byrd will be relying on Arrell and Kidd to provide leadership to his five freshmen. One positive for CAI is it will be able to field a complete team in each of its meets thanks to the addition of the freshman quintet.
• BYRD SAYS: “Jones, Curry and Melton all have some skills that will help the team. It’s encouraging to be able to field a complete team. But with such a young team, it will surely be a rebuilding year.”
CLARKSVILLE • COACH: Mark Cappola. • RETURNING PLAYERS: Nick Cappola, Jr.; Nolan Fisher, Jr.; Ben Fox, Jr.; Nick Murrell, Sr. • VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Brent Potter, Fr.; Christian Meyer, Fr.; Charlie Lauffer, Fr.; Luis Bisoso, Fr.; David Hawkins, Sr. • HOME COURSE: Wooded View Golf Course. • TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Providence, Floyd Central, Brownstown, Corydon; MSC Tournament, Ron Veleta Invitational, Southern Indiana Open, Corydon Invitational.
• OUTLOOK: Nick Cappola is expected to have a big year as he returns as the Generals’ No. 1 golfer. Coach Cappola, who is the head golf professional at Wooded View, expects Fisher and Fox to improve and says Murrell is getting better each day. Clarksville is looking to contend for the MSC championship this season. Coach Cappola expects Brownstown and Corydon to be the Generals’ main competitors for the conference title.
• COACH CAPPOLA SAYS: “I think our team will progressively get better each week. At the No. 1 spot, I’m expecting big things from Nick Cappola.”
FLOYD CENTRAL • COACH: Mike Cason. • RETURNING PLAYERS: Jay Holderman, Sr.; Austin Peckham, Sr.; Alex Beyer, Jr.; Devin Jenkins, Jr.; Daniel Shepard, Jr.; Jack Sparrow, So. • VARSITY NEWCOMER: Connor Welch, So. • HOME COURSE: Valley View Golf Club. • TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Zionsville, Columbus North, Carmel, Warsaw, Evansville Harrison, Bedford North Lawrence, New Albany, Providence; Hall of Fame tournament, Spring Preview tournament, Northfield Invitational, Zionsville Invitational, Hoosier Hills Conference tournament, Legends of Providence Invitational, Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational.
• OUTLOOK: The Highlanders’ main goal is to win the program’s third state championship. Floyd Central has four players back from its 2011 IHSAA State Finals team, which finished fourth. Peckham should get more time on the course with the varsity team this season after being injured most of last year. The Highlanders’ challenging regular-season schedule should get them ready for the postseason.
• CASON SAYS: “They really want to win a state tournament. They want to accomplish something.”
• OUTLOOK: Evan Embry will try to reach the state finals after coming up one stroke shy of qualifying for state at the Providence Regional. He finished second at the Providence Sectional last year with an even-par 72, one stroke behind medalist Ryan Barnes of Providence. Gray is expected to be the Hornets’ No. 2 player throughout the season. The rest of the Henryville roster lacks varsity experience.
• COACH EMBRY SAYS: “We may struggle a bit early in the season. But if we commit to improvement, this group will be competitive later in the season. Our numbers are up. We’re very inexperienced, but I think this will be a fun group to coach. Evan has very high expectations this season. I think he’ll compete for medalist in every match and invitational, including the state tournament. He’s one of those rare kids that has been dedicated for many years.”
JEFFERSONVILLE • COACH: Dusty Corum. • RETURNING PLAYERS: Zack Lovan, Sr.; Dalton Naiser, Jr.; Jordan Lacy, Jr.; Blayze Damron, So.; Dillion Willis, So.; Brent Mode, So. • VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Kyle Mayrose, Fr.; Nick Rasdon, Fr.; Andrew Baldwin, Fr.; Evan Craig, Fr. • HOME COURSE: Jeff Elks Club. • TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Floyd Central, Providence, New Albany, Columbus East; Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational, Floyd Central Invitational, Ron Veleta Invitational, Corydon Invitational, Southern Indiana Open.
• OUTLOOK: Lovan, Naiser and Lacy are expected to be the leaders for the Red Devils. Corum hopes the four freshmen will build a solid foundation for Jeff’s future. The Red Devils will face a tough regular-season slate that should help them improve.
• CORUM SAYS: “This season will be similar to last year’s. I expect our record to be right at .500. The top five golfers will score in the 40s for nine (holes). The team is rounded out with four new freshmen in hopes of building for future seasons.”
NEW ALBANY • COACH: Rick Belcher. • RETURNING PLAYERS: Corey Embry, Sr.; Damon Nelson, Sr.; Tyler Banet, Sr.; Dustin Miller, Jr.; Garrett Arnold, Jr.; Johnny Smith, So. • VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Logan Meadows, Sr.; Brian Snyder, So.; Bret Walts, So.; Braydon Knoy, So.; Kunal Bhanushali, Fr. • HOME COURSE: Valley View. • TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Floyd Central, Providence, Columbus East, Bedford North Lawrence, Madison; Corydon Invitational, Legends of Providence Invitational.
• OUTLOOK: A major strength for the Bulldogs is experience, as they have five players back from their 2011 regional-qualifying team in Embry, Banet, Arnold, Nelson and Smith. Embry came up short of qualifying for state as an individual last year after losing in a playoff with Triton Central’s Eric Davis at the Providence Regional. New Albany will be tested by a tough schedule, which includes several meetings with rivals Floyd Central and Providence.
• BELCHER SAYS: “I have high expectations with the number of upperclassmen (on the Bulldogs’ roster). I’m looking for great leadership out of my seniors. Experience is definitely on our side. Now, we just have to go play golf like we know how.”
NEW WASHINGTON • COACH: Steve Lewellen. • RETURNING PLAYERS: Ben Wallis, Sr.; Aaron Dean, Sr.; Corbin Hammond, Sr.; Wesley Napier, Jr. • VARSITY NEWCOMERS: Jake Zimmerman, Fr.; Matthew Wilson, Fr.; Emery Dieterlen, Fr.; Dakora Dieterlen, So.; Jacob Smith, Fr.; Brady Meenach, Jr. • HOME COURSE: Spring Hills Golf Course in Hanover. • TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Henryville, Lanesville, South Central; SAC Championship.
• OUTLOOK: Lewellen, who is in his first year as the Mustangs’ head coach, inherits an inexperienced roster. Lewellen expects lots of leadership from Wallis, Dean and Hammond. The New Wash coach thinks his team’s schedule is fair.
• LEWELLEN SAYS: “My team is still young to the game and have a lot to learn. Therefore, all teams will be a good match for us to improve throughout the season. My seniors, I expect them to be good leaders and role models for the younger students. I expect them to show effort, proper edict and represent New Washington High School well. Most of all, I just want them to have fun and play hard.”
PROVIDENCE • COACH: Ken Allender. • RETURNING PLAYERS: Bryce Very, Sr.; Max Hupp, Jr.; Cory Cahalan, Jr.; Robert Waiz, Jr.; Elliott Happle, Sr.; Paston Schowe, Sr. • VARSITY NEWCOMER: Mitchell Allender, Fr. • HOME COURSES: Covered Bridge Golf Club, Champions Pointe. • TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Floyd Central, New Albany, Madison, Bedford North Lawrence, Columbus North, Columbus East; Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational, Spring Preview meet, Legends of Providence Invitational, Bedford North Lawrence Invitational, Southern Indiana Open.
• OUTLOOK: With three returning players from their state finals squad from 2011, the Pioneers have a great shot at making their fifth consecutive trip to state. Very is Providence’s top returning player, as he shared medalist honors last year at the Providence Regional with Columbus North’s Michael VanDeventer, shooting an even-par 72. Very has signed a national letter of intent to play golf next season at IUPUI. Cahalan and Hupp are the other two returnees from the state-finalist squad. Coach Allender says the Pioneers’ schedule is one of the toughest in years. Providence has added the Spring Preview meet at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin to its slate. In addition, the Pioneers will host a new tournament in the Legends of Providence Invitational on Saturday, May 26 at Champions Pointe. The new invite includes Bedford, Columbus North, Floyd Central, Bloomington North and Bloomington South.
• COACH ALLENDER SAYS: “Our expectations of the season will include a strong showing in sectional and regional with a return visit to the state finals.”
SILVER CREEK • COACH: Joe Ledbetter. • RETURNING PLAYERS: Colin Tingle, Sr.; Blake Duncan, Jr. • VARSITY NEWCOMER: Sam Garr, Fr. • HOME COURSE: Hidden Creek. • TOUGH OPPONENTS/TOURNAMENTS: Floyd Central, Providence, New Albany, Brownstown, Corydon; MSC tournament, Providence Sectional.
• OUTLOOK: The Dragons are already battling injuries at the start of the season. Ledbetter says he could be without two key players for as long as six weeks. On the bright side, the veteran Silver Creek coach welcomes a talented freshman in Garr. Ledbetter expects Garr to be his top scorer this season. The Dragons face a difficult schedule that includes Floyd Central, Providence, New Albany and Brownstown.
• LEDBETTER SAYS: “It is hard to evaluate (his expectations) at this point. I have lost two players to injuries already that were expected to contribute. They may be out as long as six weeks. Depending on how that turns out will have a big impact on our success or lack thereof. I am going to have to rely on several golfers, at least early in the season, who are new to the game and have no tournament experience. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”