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- Henryville Invitational Champions (Girls) - 2005-11
- Henryville Class A Invitational Champions (Boys) - 2008, 2009
- IHSAA Regional Qualifier (Girls) - 2009, 2010
- Undefeated Season (Girls) - 2006, 2007
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News and Tribune All-Area Boys' Golf Team
6/30/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Connor Welch, Floyd Central senior (Player of the Year)
Mitchell Allender, Providence junior
Kevin Crone, Providence sophomore
Addison Greenwell, New Albany sophomore
Jack Sparrow, Floyd Central senior
Kunal Bhanushali, New Albany junior
Luke Davidson, Henryville sophomore
Mason Edwards, Henryville sophomore
Sam Garr, Silver Creek junior
Kamden Hurst, Borden sophomore
Clayton Crum, Floyd Central junior
Max Leist, Providence sophomore
David Shepard, Floyd Central sophomore
Billy Sleight, Floyd Central junior
Tony Wagoner III, Borden senior
Blayze Damron, Jeffersonville; Erich Day, Providence; Reilly Gray, Borden; Collin Schindler, New Washington; Dillon Willis, Jeff; Evan Wilson, Providence; Matt Wilson, New Washington.
Floyd, Providence fail to reach state
6/12/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Memphis — For more than a decade, it was a virtual lock that a boys’ golf team from the Clark-Floyd area would advance to the IHSAA State Finals.
But that trend ended on Thursday at Champions Pointe Golf Club.
For the first time since 2003, a squad from the area will not play in next week’s state finals at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
No. 15 Floyd Central placed fifth at Thursday’s Providence Regional with a team score of 312. The finish concluded the Highlanders’ five-year streak of making state and a stretch of nine state appearances in the past 10 seasons.
Floyd Central coach Mike Cason said the key factor for the Highlanders at regional was their short game.
“It was the same problem we had all year, which was chipping and putting,” Cason said. “Those two things are what you need to score with.”
The host Pioneers finished 13th with a 328. Providence tied Roncalli for 12th, but the Rebels got the spot by receiving the tiebreaker for the lowest No. 5 player score. The Pioneers did not make the state finals as a team for the second consecutive year after earning five consecutive trips to Legends from 2008-12.
“I’m pleased but a little disappointed,” Providence coach Ken Allender said about his team’s round. “Some of the kids didn’t play as well as I thought they should, but it happens. Everybody’s entitled to a bad round.”
In addition, it was the first time in several years that an individual golfer from the Clark-Floyd area failed to qualify for state. The top three teams and top five individuals on non-advancing squads at regional advanced to the state finals.
Floyd Central seniors Jack Sparrow and Connor Welch ended their careers on Thursday, shooting 75 and 76, respectively. Welch won medalist honors at the Providence Sectional on Monday with a 4-under-par 68.
Junior Clayton Crum was a stroke behind Welch with a 77.
“All three of them just missed so many opportunities to score low. [The short game] is the way you score low in high school golf,” Cason said. “But I’m proud of Connor and Jack. They’ve had really good careers. We’ve been to state three times with them and they’ve done well.”
Also for the Highlanders, junior Billy Sleight and sophomore David Shepard each shot an 84.
Despite losing Welch and Sparrow, Cason is optimistic about next season with Crum, Sleight and Shepard leading the way. The Floyd Central coach also hopes to have junior Eric Lamm back to 100 percent. Lamm battled injuries throughout the 2014 campaign.
“The three kids will have a lot of experience because they played varsity all year, and Eric Lamm has been injured pretty much all year so he’ll be back,” Cason said. “We should have a pretty good team next year.”
Providence junior Mitchell Allender came up short of returning to the state finals, firing a 76. Allender made state with the entire Pioneers’ team in 2012 and as an individual in 2013.
“I know he’s disappointed in that,” Coach Allender said. “He got off to a bad start. But the best thing I can say is that he never stopped trying. He never let go and he kept hitting some good shots. On the front nine, I think he hit eight greens. He just couldn’t get enough putts to fall. But I’m really proud of him for hanging on.”
Providence sophomore Max Leist shot a 79. It was a rough day for the Pioneers’ No. 1 golfer, Kevin Crone. The sophomore wound up carding an 85.
“He started losing his tee ball and he couldn’t get it back,” Ken Allender said about Crone. “It seemed like there was no [consistency hitting the ball in the fairway]. It was either left or right. He just couldn’t regain his composure.”
Also for Providence, senior Erich Day shot an 88 and junior Evan Wilson had a 100.
Day is the only senior the Pioneers say goodbye to. Like Cason, Coach Allender thinks his team can be very strong next season with four starters back.
“We have a solid nucleus coming back and I think I’ve got some help coming [in the incoming freshman class],” the Providence boss said. “There’s some really, really fantastic freshmen and a couple of other guys on the team that are working hard. We should be really talented.”
New Albany junior Kunal Bhanushali scored an 84, which pleased Bulldogs’ coach Rick Belcher.
“There was nothing outstanding in his round, but nothing terrible either,” Belcher said. “It was a long golf course for a short hitter. It was a big test for him when you are hitting 4- and 5-iron into the greens where most of the kids are hitting wedges and 9-irons. It’s a big difference. But he managed the course well and he played well. I was proud of the way he handled himself because sometimes when you know you’re not going to shoot the number you need to shoot to get out, you end up shooting a 90. But he just kind of stayed steady. An 84, I have no problem with.”
Three players from the West Clark Community Schools Corporation competed at the regional. Henryville sophomore Luke Davidson was the top player of the trio with an 83 in his first regional appearance.
“His ball-striking was off a bit and his short game was off a bit as well. Instead of getting up and down and making pars, he was missing greens and had several bogeys. He just couldn’t offset the bogeys,” Hornets’ coach Robin Embry said. “But he’s had a very good season and he handled himself well today.”
In his second regional trip, Silver Creek junior Sam Garr shot an 86. Borden sophomore Kamden Hurst wound up with a 90 in his first regional trip.
“It was good to see all three West Clark schools in the regional with Sam and Kamden. I was really proud of West Clark, in general,” Embry said.
No. 8 Corydon Central was one stroke shy of earning its first state berth since 1968. The Panthers finished fourth with a 304, while ninth-ranked Bloomington South placed third with a 303. No. 2 Columbus North won its fourth consecutive regional title with a 298. No. 7 Center Grove placed second with a 301.
Two Corydon players qualified for state as individuals. Timothy Wiseman and Mitchell Frederick each shot a 73, and then competed in a five-way playoff to determine the final four individual berths. On the first hole of the three-hole playoff, which was the par-4 10th, Wiseman sank a birdie putt and Frederick made par to earn their state berths. Meanwhile, Bedford North Lawrence’s Trey Turner and the Heritage Hills’ pair of Corey Teaford and Preston Vanwinkle each made a bogey.
After Turner, Teaford and Vanwinkle each pared the 18th hole, Vanwinkle had a birdie and Turner made par on the final playoff hole at the 10th to qualify for state. Teaford had a bogey on the third playoff hole.
Also for Corydon, Ryan Crawford and Tommy Wiseman each carded a 79 and Steven Coleman had an 82.
Columbus North’s Christian Fairbanks won medalist honors with a 3-under 69. Perry Meridian’s Nick Osterburg was the first individual state berth for a non-advancing team with an even-par 72.
Team scores: Columbus North 298, Center Grove 301, Bloomington South 303, Corydon Central 304, Floyd Central 312, Heritage Hills 315, Perry Meridian 316, Columbus East 318, Madison 322, Jasper 323, Bedford North Lawrence 327, Roncalli 328, Providence 328, South Spencer 335, Greensburg 338, Rising Sun 339, Jennings County 349, Brownstown Central 351, Henryville (Davidson 83).
Henryville's Davidson advances to regional
6/9/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
MADISON — Henryville sophomore Luke Davidson earned his first-ever berth in the Providence Regional on Monday at Sunrise Golf Club.
Davidson was one of the top three golfers on non-advancing teams to qualify for the regional by shooting a 79 at Monday’s Madison Sectional. The other two golfers who advanced to Thursday’s regional at Champions Pointe Golf Club were Scottsburg’s Luke Taylor (79) and Christian Burch (81).
Davidson shot an even-par 36 on the front nine. He had birdies on the sixth and seventh holes and made par on five holes.
But he struggled on the back nine with a 43, as he bogeyed seven holes. Still, it was good enough to make it to regional at Champions Pointe, the Hornets’ home course.
“Luke has been consistent all season,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “His short game was excellent on the front. He struggled a bit on the back, but hung in there and advanced. I’m very happy for Luke and look forward to watching him play in his first regional.”
Henryville was the highest-finishing area team, placing fifth with a school-record team score of 338.
Hornets’ sophomore Mason Edwards was two strokes shy of qualifying for regional. He shot an 83 and was the only Henryville player to post a lower score on the backside (39) than the front (44).
Rounding out the scoring for the Hornets were junior Charlie Lefebvre with an 85 and Bailey Reister with a 91.
“We played very well, especially the front,” Embry said. “We were on pace to shoot in the 320s or even better if we would’ve maintained on the back. We faltered a bit on the back. However, we still carded a season-best and new school record. Luke, Charlie and Bailey shot personal-bests and Mason was just a shot off his personal-best. I’m very happy with the improvement this group has made this season.”
Rock Creek ended up eighth with a 421. Freshman Max Vogen led the Lions with a 91, while teammate Jeremiah Wilkinson shot a 94.
New Washington was 10th with a 439. Allen Crews posted the Mustangs’ lowest score with a 106.
Charlestown finished 11th with a 455. Brady Christman had the Pirates’ best score with a 106.
Madison won the sectional with a sectional-record 289. Jennings County placed second with a 308, and Rising Sun was third with a 317. The top three teams advanced to the Providence Regional.
The Cubs’ Jordan Griffith earned medalist honors with a 4-under-par 68. Teammate Carson Wattenbarger was the second-lowest medalist with a 73, earning the spot by winning a playoff against Rising Sun’s Bryce Murray.
Team scores: Madison 289, Jennings County 308, Rising Sun 317, Scottsburg 329, Henryville 338 (Davidson 79, Edwards 83, Lefebvre 85, Reister 91), Southwestern 339, Switzerland County 366, Rock Creek 421, Austin 422, New Washington 439, Charlestown 455, Madison Shawe NTS, South Ripley NTS
Hornets capture regular season finale
6/5/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Henryville head coach Robin Embry: “Luke played very well and carded a personal-best today. Mason wasn’t at his best. However, he posted a decent score. Charlie and Bailey played fine except for a couple of holes. I’m pleased with the improvement we’ve made this season. We’re playing with confidence and hopefully we’ll play well at the sectional.”
Meet notes: After making bogeys on the third and fifth holes, Davidson sank birdies at No. 6 and No. 7 to shoot even par.
Henryville (177): Davidson 36, Edwards 45, Lefebvre 48, Reister 48.Trinity Lutheran (183): Criswell 40, Cory Stuckwisch 47, Terry 48, Chad Stuckwisch 48, Pottschmidt 51, Stahl 52.Salem (211): Wynn 49, Zink 52, Boutelle 53, Fisher 57, Garloch 58, Magner 65.
Hornets win three-way
6/2/2014 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
MEMPHIS — Luke Davidson shot a three-over-par 39 to lead Henryville to an easy three-way victory over Rock Creek Academy and Austin on Monday at Champions Pointe Golf Club.
Davidson out-shot Rock Creek’s Brett Kastetler by three strokes to take the medal for the nine-hole round. Charlie Lefebvre shot a 46, Mason Edwards a 49 and Bailey Reister a 51 for the balanced Hornets, who shot a 185 as a team.
“Luke played well today. He’s been consistent all season,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said. “The other three let a hole or two get away from them. Overall, we’ve made a big improvement this season. Hopefully, we’ll play well Thursday and have a big day next Monday [at the Madison Sectional].”
The Lions, who were 17 strokes behind Henryville, also got a 43 from Jeremiah Wilkinson, who graduated as valedictorian later Monday evening. Max Vogen finished with a 53 and Gabe Pearson shot a 64 for Rock Creek.
Austin was paced by Case Carter’s 48.
Henryville: Davidson 39, Lefebvre 46, Edwards 49, Reister 51.
Rock Creek: Kastetler 42, Wilkinson 43, Vogen 53, Pearson 64.
Austin: Carter 48, Love 53, Beck 57, Mullins 64.
Henryville second at Madison
5/31/2014 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
Silver Creek’s Sam Garr shot an even-par 36 at Madison’s Sunrise Golf Course in a four-way meet Friday.
Garr earned medalist honors after a nine-hole round that included birdies on the first and third holes. However, Garr’s performance couldn’t help the Dragons overcome a strong Rising Sun squad.
The Shiners beat runner-up Henryville by 10 points, 164-174 with Silver Creek four strokes behind the Hornets.
Henryville was led by Luke Davidson’s 39 and Mason Edwards’ 42. Charlie Lefebvre shot a 46 and Bailey Reister a 47 to round things out for the Hornets.
“That’s a pretty good score,” Henryville coach Robin Embry said of the Hornets’ 174. “We need to be a little bit better in the three and four spots. Rising Sun’s in our sectional [at Madison] and we’d like to compete for one of the top-three spots.”
Ryan Baker’s 46 was second for the Dragons, who also got 48s from Jacob Harper and Cody Zimmerman.
Rising Sun (164): Bryce Murray 40, Brady Murray 40, Aaron Walker 41, Austin Armstrong 43, Curtis Armstrong 48.
Henryville (174): Luke Davidson 39, Mason Edwards 42, Charlie Lefebvre 46, Bailey Reister 47.
Silver Creek (178): Garr 36, Ryan Baker 46, Jacob Harper 48, Cody Zimmerman 48, Phil Polston 52.
Shawe (NTS): Collin Hambrick 61, Joel Carrillo 62, Daniel Carrillo 69.
Henryville claims three-way at Hidden Creek
5/24/2014 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
SELLERSBURG — Henryville’s golf team set a school record on its way to claiming a three-way match on Tuesday at Hidden Creek. The Hornets recorded a 152, which was a record for a nine-hole team score. The mark surpasses the old record, which was set in 2012 when the Hornets shot a 158, also at Hidden Creek.
“We’re gaining confidence and improving in all phases,” Hornet coach Robin Embry said. “We played well today. It’s been a good couple of weeks for us.”
Henryville was led by not one, but two, medalists. Charlie Lefebvre and Madison Edwards both took earend top-score honors with a 37 apiece.
Luke Davidson shot a 38 and Bailey Register rounded out the Hornets score with a 40.
“Hopefully we’ll continue to work, improve and finish the season with our best golf,” Embry said.
The Hornets beat runner-up Austin 158-208. The Eagles were led by Case Carter’s 41. John Watson’s 51 led Charlestown, who only played three players and didn’t have a team score.
Henryville (152): Ewards 37, Lefebvre 37, Davidson 38, Reister 40.
Austin (208): Carter 41, Love 52, Mullins 56, Beck 59.
Charlestown (NTS): Watson 51, Christman 54, Stubbins 56.
Henryville golf claims SAC title
5/24/2014 by Hanson Crafton & Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
SOUTHERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
At Champions Pointe, Memphis, par 72.
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “We played very well today and were fortunate to win. We've been improving throughout the season and took another step in the right direction today. Our kids always seem to step up for the conference. All four played well. Mason and Charlie shot personal best; Luke started off rough but hung in there and Bailey shot a good round. It was a good day for us.”
Medalist: Mason Edwards (H) 82.
Henryville (352): Ewards 82, Lefebvre 86, Davidson 87, Reister 97.
Borden (355): Wagoner 87, Gray 89, Hurst 89, Franklin 90, Frascella 104.
South Central (387): Hentrup 87, Gabhart 94, Stopinski 101, Day 105, Johnson 155.
Crothersville (391): Money 88, Luedeman 90, Doyle 102, Petty 111, Adams 130.
New Washington (502): Wilson 112, Schindler 118, Crews 130, Barger 142, Curry 137.
Lanesville (NTS): Shepherd 88
Henryville second in tri-match
5/15/2014 by Hanson Crafton & Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “We have to stay away from big numbers on any given hole. Each of our players had at least one seven or eight and that makes it tough to shoot the scores we want to shoot.”
South Central (185): Gabhart 39, Stopinski 45, Hentrup 48, Day 53, Johnson 70
Henryville (186): Davidson 43, Edwards 47, Lefebvre 48, Reister 48
Clarksville (NTS): Fetz 55, Potter 61, Louffer 64
Hauser Invitational Results
5/10/2014 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
Clifty Creek G.C., Hope, par 72
Team scores: Trinity Lutheran 345, Henryville 364 (Davidson 82, Edwards 92, Lefebvre 95, Reister 95), Hauser 366, Edinburgh 401, Morristown 422, Triton Central (NTS), Southwestern (Shelbyville) (NTS).
Medalist: Luke Davidson (H) 82.
Meet notes: Davidson won medalist honors by defeating Trinity Lutheran’s Cory Stuckwisch in a one-hole playoff. Davidson made par on the playoff hole, while Stuckwisch settled for bogey.
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “The course only plays about 6,000 yards. However, it exposed our short game. We really struggled inside of 50 yards. We’ve improved 40-plus shots from our first tournament. Hopefully, we’ll get our short game in shape, continue to improve and play our best golf at the end of the season.”
Borden wins quad-match
5/6/2014 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
Borden coach Tony Wagoner: “Kamden, Reilly and Elijah continue to be consistent in their scores. Tony faltered a little bit today compared to yesterday. Overall, I was content with what we shot today, but I feel we haven’t played our best golf yet.”
Borden (180): K. Hurst 42, Gray 43, Franklin 46, Wagoner 49, Frascella 55, Nunn 58, C. Hurst 64
South Central (198): Hentrup 37, Stopinski 45, Day 48, Johnson 68
Crothersville (208): Luedeman 45, Petty 50, Doyle 55, Adams 58, O’Sullivan 59
Henryville (NTS): Davidson 39, Edwards 45, Lefebvre 49
Shawe Invitational Results
4/26/2014 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “Luke played a nice round. He’s very close to putting some scores in the 70s. Mason continues to improve and and is just a couple holes away from the 80s. Charlie and Bailey are committed to getting better. Overall, it was a 30-plus stroke improvement from our first invitational. We need to continue to improve.”
Madison (305), Jennings County (350), Southwestern (352), Scottsburg (354), South Decatur (370), Henryville (371), Shawe (NTS)
Henryville - Davidson 83, Edwards 92, Lefebvre 94, Reister 102.
Trinity Lutheran wins at Shadowood
Trinity Lutheran (179): Terry 41, Cy Stuckwisch 45, Criswell 46, Cd Stuckwisch 47, Pottschmidt 50, Stahl 55.
Henryville (NTS): Lefebvre 46, Edwards 49, Davidson 50.
Henryville wins Tri-match
4/16/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “Luke carded another good round battling the cold windy conditions. Charlie had a rough start but held on to shoot a decent score. Mason moved down in the 40s and Cole is improving. With dedication, this group will continue to get better.”
Henryville (182): Davidson 39, Lefebvre 46, Edwards 46, Grimm 51.
Borden (195): K. Hurst 44, Gray 45, Wagoner 49, Franklin 57, C. Hurst 63, Franscella 64.
Charlestown (241): Christman 54, Ison 56, Watson 62, Payne 69, Stubbins 70.
Henryville Defeats Eastern
4/14/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Henryville coach Robin Embry: “Considering the cool and wet conditions, Luke and Charlie posted good scores. If it hadn’t been for a couple of holes, Mason and Cole would have been in the 40s. We need to continue working and improving.”
Henryville (188): Davidson 40, Lefebvre 42, Edwards 52, Grimm 54.
Eastern (234): Emmert 46, Young 59, Shaffer 59, Hoke 70.
Wooded View Invitational
4/12/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Team scores: Scottsburg 325, Silver Creek 354, North Harrison 357, Borden 369, Jeffersonville 373, Henryville 405, Salem 414, Rock Creek 451, New Washington 467, Charlestown 478, Clarksville 501, Austin Inc.
Medalist: Sam Garr (SC) 76.
Silver Creek: Garr 76, Zimmerman 84, Harper 101, Cecil 108, Polston 93.
Borden: Wagoner 93, Gray 80, Hurst 91, Franklin 105, Frascella 114.
Jeffersonville: Baldwin 88, Damron 91, Craig 96, Melin 98, Rasdon 102.
Henryville: Davidson 87, Lefebvre 96, Edwards 106, Grimm 116.
Rock Creek: Kastetler 85, Vogen 98, Hill 140, Jenkins 128.
New Washington: Wilson 131, Schindler 116, Crews 128, Barger 92, Powell 170.
Charlestown: Ison 117, Christman 126, Watson 118, Stubbins 117, Payne 146.
Clarksville: Potter 118, Lauffer 116, Fetz 127, Bruner 140.
Henryville Edges Crothersville
4/8/2014 by Hanson Crafton (News & Tribune)
Henryville picked up a tough win against Crothersville on Tuesday.
Henryville was able to squeeze by Crothersville by one stroke, in large part due to the performances of Luke Davidson and Charlie Lefebvre.
Davidson led the field with a 39, and Lefebvre was right behind him shooting a 41. Mason Edwards shot a 53 and Cole Grimm shot a 55 to round the evening off for the Hornets.
Henryville (188): Davidson 39, Lefebvre 41, Edwards 53, Grimm 55.
Crothersville (189): Money 45, Luedeman 45, Doyle 49, Weddle 50, Petty 51, Adams 64.
Golf Preview: Providence eyes return to State
4/1/2014 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
SOUTHERN INDIANA — Entering his fifth season as the Providence boys’ golf coach, Ken Allender will lead one of the youngest teams in his Pioneer tenure.
But he also has one of the most talented squads in his career.
Allender hopes that talent will continue to develop this season and result in a return trip to the IHSAA State Finals June 17-18 at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
“From a class standpoint, we’re a little younger than in the past,” said Allender, whose team came up short of reaching state last season after making five consecutive trips to Legends from 2008-2012. “Our potential is going to be really, really good. If we can develop, we could get back to state.”
The Pioneers’ top three players should be their foundation. Providence will be led by its No. 1 player, junior Mitchell Allender.
The coach’s son has been to state the past two seasons, qualifying last year as an individual. Mitchell Allender finished 24th at state last season with a two-round score of 147 (3-over-par).
The Pioneers’ other two returning letterwinners are sophomores Kevin Crone and Max Leist. Crone showed his potential several times last season, which included a fourth-place finish in the Providence Sectional at Covered Bridge Golf Club with a 2-over 74.
Coach Allender says a big factor in his team getting back to state is finding a No. 4 golfer who can consistently shoot in the low to mid 70s. He will look to three players to try to be that fourth scorer in seniors Erich Day and Austin Happel and junior Evan Wilson. Freshman Ben Arnson, who is currently injured, could play into the No. 4 mix once he gets healthy.
Coach Allender thinks his team must shoot a team score between 302 and 306 at the Providence Regional on Thursday, June 12 at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Memphis to have a chance to qualify for state. The top three teams at regional will advance to state.
“A lot will depend on our No. 4 golfer,” Ken Allender said. “Our top scorers must go lower than they did in the past. Mitchell and Kevin must get around even-par. If we put up a 306, I’ll take our chances. But I would feel better with a 302 or 303.”
A challenging regular-season schedule should prepare Providence for the postseason.
The 18th-ranked Pioneers will compete in nine 18-hole invitational tournaments with some of them featuring several top-20 teams. Those tournaments include the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational next Saturday at Champions Pointe, the Legends Spring Preview on Saturday, April 19 and the New Castle Invitational on Saturday, May 24.
Providence’s most important regular-season tourney will be its own tournament, which is the Legends of Providence Invitational on Saturday, May 31 at Champions Pointe.
“It could be one of the best invitationals in the state. We have a lot of college scouts who come to watch our invitational,” Ken Allender said. “We’ve tried to increase the level of competition in our schedule.”
• COACH: Ken Allender, fifth season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Mitchell Allender, Jr.; Kevin Crone, So.; Max Leist, So.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Evan Wilson, Jr.; Erich Day, Sr.; Austin Happel, Sr.; Ben Arnson, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: The Pioneers have the potential to earn a berth in the IHSAA State Finals. But they must find a reliable No. 4 golfer to achieve that goal. Providence also looks to give Floyd Central, which has won 11 consecutive sectional titles, a run for its money in the Providence Sectional this season.
• COACH ALLENDER SAYS: “From a class standpoint, we’re a little younger than in the past. Our potential is going to be really, really good. If we can develop, we could get back to state.”
REST OF THE AREA TEAMS
• COACH: Tony Wagoner, eighth season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Tony Wagoner III, Sr.; TJ Fraley, Sr.; Elijah Franklin, Jr.; Reilly Gray, So.; Kamden Hurst, So.; Niko Frascella, So.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Carte Hurst, Fr.; Josh Nunn, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: The Braves’ primary goal is to win the Southern Athletic Conference championship for the first time in program history. They definitely have the experience to do that with six returning letterwinners. Coach Wagoner hopes his players can build off shooting their lowest team score of the season at last year’s sectional.
• COACH WAGONER SAYS: “I believe we will be more competitive against other teams this year with Henryville, Silver Creek, North Harrison and Scottsburg being some of our tougher opponents. How well we play in the invitational at Wooded View [Golf Course on Saturday, April 12] and against those teams will be a gauge for us heading into conference and sectional.”
• COACH: Adam Tolliver.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Chris Ison, Sr.; Brady Christman, Jr.; John Watson, So.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Chris Shanks, Sr.; Brevin Stubbins, So.; Wyatt Payne, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: Tolliver is looking for Ison and Christman to each shoot in the mid 40s or lower in nine-hole matches on a consistent basis. The Pirates’ coach likes the improvement Watson has shown in his game. Former Charlestown standout Jake Atkins has returned to the team as an assistant coach.
• TOLLIVER SAYS: “Right now, we are still struggling with a shot or two per hole that aren’t being hit solid. If we can eliminate these, then all the guys have room to drop quite a few strokes from their rounds. All the guys are good kids so it will be an enjoyable season watching these guys improve their games as we move on.”
• COACH: Scott Schermerhorn, first season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Charlie Lauffer, Jr.; Brent Potter, Jr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Keigan Fetz, Sr.; Cody Brunner, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: Lauffer is the only player back from last season’s team. Potter returns to the Generals this season after sitting out last year. Fetz is a transfer from Charlestown.
• SCHERMERHORN SAYS: “We’re going to go out there and try to have a good time. We hope to get better as the season goes on.”
• COACH: Jason Nelson, second season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Nick Emmert, So.; Evin Young, Jr.
• OUTLOOK: The Musketeers lack numbers as Nelson is trying to convince more kids to come out for the team. He said three freshmen might join his squad. If Nelson adds more players to his players, he will rely on Emmert and Young to provide them leadership.
• NELSON SAYS: “Evin and Nick are pretty solid players. We’re just trying to learn the game and learn how to compete.”
• COACH: Mike Cason, 14th season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jack Sparrow, Sr.; Connor Welch, Sr.; Eric Lamm, Jr.; Clayton Crum, Jr.; Billy Sleight, Jr.; Logan Minzenberger, Jr.; David Shepard, So.
• OUTLOOK: The expectations remain the same for the Highlanders. Their goals are to win the Hoosier Hills Conference, the Providence Sectional and the Providence Regional and make a serious run at the state championship. Sparrow, Welch and Lamm provide Floyd Central lots of experience. But Cason says the production from the bottom part of his lineup will be critical this season. As always, the Highlanders will play a difficult schedule that will take them all over the state to face several ranked teams.
• CASON SAYS: “By the end of the season, I think we’ll be really good. Our three experienced guys got better over the summer. They have improved tremendously. Finding reliable fourth, fifth and sixth guys are going to be the key to our season.”
• COACH: Robin Embry, 15th season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Luke Davidson, So.; Charlie Lefebvre, Jr.; Mason Edwards, So.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Cole Grimm, So.; Collin Scott, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: Embry thinks his top three golfers are pretty solid in Davidson, Lefebvre and Edwards. The question for the Hornets is who will step up to be a sound fourth golfer. Embry says Borden is the favorite to win the SAC.
• EMBRY SAYS: “The three players who are returning are greatly improved. I think we have three solid scores. We’ve just got to come up with a fourth.”
• COACH: Dusty Corum, third season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Dillon Willis, Sr.; Blaze Damron, Sr.; Nick Rasdon, Jr.; Jake Melin, So.; Andrew Baldwin, Jr.; Evan Craig, Jr.; Zack Brinkley, So.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Jordan Blackwell, So.
• OUTLOOK: The Red Devils expect to be more competitive this season with several veteran players back. But Corum says his players still have some room for improvement. The third-year coach thinks his team can finish in the middle of the pack at the HHC meet.
• CORUM SAYS: “Basically with the returning players we’ve got, we’re going to be more competitive. As for the rest of the players, we’ve got them for the future years. This will be a building year for us.”
• COACH: Rick Belcher, 10th season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Addisson Greenwell, So..; Jonny Smith, Sr.; Bret Walts, Sr.; Kunal Bhanushali, Jr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Cameron Walter, So.; Ethan Hunter, So.
• OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs look to return to the Providence Regional after not qualifying for it the past couple of seasons. Belcher has high expectations for his four returning lettermen, who he expects to lead New Albany back to regional. Belcher thinks Madison, Bedford North Lawrence and Columbus East each have a shot of contending with Floyd Central for the HHC championship.
• BELCHER SAYS: “I’m going to expect a lot from those top four players. I think they are pumped up, but we have to see what happens.”
• COACH: Bret James, second season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Matthew Wilson, Jr.; Collin Schindler, Jr.; Caleb Griffith, Jr.; Dakota Dieterlen, Sr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Seth Holloway, Fr.; Andrew Wilson, So.; Aaron Powell, So.; John Barger, So.; Isaac Smith; Michael Curry, Jr.; Allen Crews, Fr.
• OUTLOOK: Matthew Wilson is the leader of the Mustangs, who is comprised primarily of inexperienced players. James plans on playing Schindler at the No. 2 spot. Dieterlen played on the team his freshman year, but did not play as a sophomore or junior.
• JAMES SAYS: “Matt Wilson has some potential to be a nice little golfer. We have a bunch of kids on the golf team that want to play and want to learn. We’ve got good hard-working kids.”
• COACH: Kaleb Lay, first season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brett Kastetler, Sr.; Jeremiah Wilkinson, Sr.; Ben Hill, Jr.; Torin Jenkins, Jr.; Luke Thompson, Jr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Max Vogen, Fr.; Evan Popp, Jr.
• OUTLOOK: Kastetler qualified for the Providence Regional last year after firing an 81 at the Madison Sectional. Kastetler has his sights set on returning to regional this year. Lay, a Silver Creek graduate, thinks Vogen and Wilkinson have a chance of making it out of sectional this season.
• LAY SAYS: “I’m expecting our No. 1 to do well and build on last year’s sectional. Our goal is to eventually make it out of the sectional as a team.”
• COACH: Joe Ledbetter, 23rd season.
• RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Sam Garr, Jr.; Ryan Baker, So.; Cody Zimmerman, So.; Cam Carder, Jr.; Dylan Dean, Jr.
• KEY NEWCOMERS: Phil Polston, Sr.
• OUTLOOK: Garr, who helped the Dragons’ boys’ basketball team win the Class 3A North Harrison Sectional last month, advanced to last season’s Providence Regional by shooting 76 at the sectional. He hopes to duplicate that feat this season. Ledbetter expects the Dragons to compete against Corydon Central and Scottsburg for this season’s Mid-Southern Conference title.
• LEDBETTER SAYS: “[Garr] is done with basketball now, so he can concentrate on golf. I don’t know how we stack up in the conference. Our sectional is still tough.”
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2013 Season (Boys)
6/3/2013 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
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
Madison Sectional Preview
6/1/2013 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
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.”
Trinity Lutheran (179): Terry 41, Criswell 42, Pottschmidt 45, Herweber 51, Rodriquez 62
Henryville (184): Davidson 43, Reister 47, Edwards 47, Hairston 47, Fields 49, Furnish 50, Lefebvre 51, Freitus 61
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.”
Borden (361): Wagoner 84, Fraley 91, Gray 92, Hurst 94, Franklin 96
Henryville (368): Davidson 83, Fields 90, Edwards 97, Lefebvre 98, Furnish 105, Reister 107; Hairston 88, Freitus 108
Hornets second at Sunrise
5/22/2013 by Sports (News & Tribune)
Henryville finished second in a three-way meet at Sunrise Golf Club in Madison on Wednesday.
The Hornets shot a 178 — 24 shots behind first-place Jennings County. Madison Shawe didn’t field a complete team.
Luke Davidson and Mason Edwards led Henryville with 43 apiece at the par-36 course. The Hornet duo was nine shots off the mark set by Jennings medalist Jake Simmons.
Bailey Reister shot a 45, Charlie Lefebvre a 47 and Cameron Furnish a 51 for Henryville.
Jennings County (154): Simmons 34, Copeland 38, Donnell 40, Sharp 42, Ralston 44, Clerkin 47
Henryville (178): Davidson 43, Edwards 43, Reister 45, Lefebvre 47, Furnish 51, Fields 52, Freitus 59
Shawe (NTS): Mingione 39, Fry 42, Petterson 44
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
Hornets win dual meet
5/9/2013 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Henryville had two players shoot in the high 30s as it won a dual meet over an incomplete Christian Academy team on Thursday at Hidden Creek Golf Club’s Links Nine course.
The Hornets shot a team score of 161, with Cameron Furnish firing a 38 and Luke Davidson shooting a 39. The Warriors’ Jayson Arrell was the medalist with a 37, while teammate Chris Kidd had a 39.
Henryville (161): Furnish 38, Davidson 39, Edwards 40, Fields 44, Reister 44, Hairston 44, Lefebvre 49
CAI (NTS): Arrell 37, Kidd 39, Bilkey 62
Hornets win tri-meet
5/6/2013 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
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 (182): Davidson 42, Edwards 43, Furnish 45, Fields 52, Reister 52, Hairston 53; Lefebvre 51, Freitus 67
South Central (205): Gabhart 47, Day 52, Hentrup 53, Stopinski 53, Hess 58
CAI (236): Arrell 47, Kidd 50, Bilkey 69, Cooley 70
Hornets lose a heartbreaker
5/4/2013 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
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.
Morristown 363, Henryville 364 (Davidson 88, Fields 88, Furnish 92, Edwards 96, Reister 99), Trinity Lutheran 377, Hauser 381, Triton Central 381, Edinburgh 396, Southwestern (Shelby) 401
Henryville wins at Chariot Run
Henryville (184): Davidson 44, Fields 45, Furnish 46, Reister 49, Hairston 50, Edwards 51; Lefebvre 56
South Central (194): Hentrup 47, Stopinski 47, Day 48, Grabhart 52, Hess 66
Charlestown (213): Braun 47, Shaw 48, Donahue 59, Ison 59, Christman 61
Rock Creek Academy (217): Casteller 40, Wilkinson 56, Hill 59, Jenkins 62, Thompson 64
Hornets win West Clark Shootout
4/25/2013 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
Silver Creek’s Sam Garr tied the meet record in the West Clark Shootout on Thursday at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Memphis. The triangular meet used the modified Stableford scoring system.
Garr’s score was 13, sharing the meet record with former Dragon Brandon White and ex-Henryville player Evan Embry.
The Hornets won the meet with a team score of two, followed by Silver Creek with a minus-11 and Borden with a minus-16.
Freshman Luke Davidson led the Hornets with a score of three, while teammate Mason Edwards had a one.
“It was a good win. The conditions were a bit tough, but it was the same for everybody,” Hornets’ coach Robin Embry said. “Sam Garr played a nice round. That was some good golf from him.”
Henryville (2): Davidson 3, Edwards 1, Fields 0, Lefebvre -2, Furnish -13, Hairston -13
Silver Creek (-11): Garr 13, Baker -4, Tinsley -9, Moore -11, Dean -13, Zimmerman -17
Borden (-16): Wagoner 4, Hurst -6, Gray -7, Franklin -7, Frazcella -10, Vick -18
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.
Senior Chris Braun paced the Pirates with a 41.
Henryville (169): Davidson 39, Hairston 41, Furnish 44, Fields 45, Edwards 46, Reister 48; Lefebvre 37, Freitus 60
Lanesville (171): Wells 40, Shepherd 42, Cox 44, Petty 45, Ferree 57
Charlestown (189): Braun 41, Shaw 48, Donahue 50, Ison 50, Christman 58
Rock Creek (205): Castettler 38, Wilkinson 50, Hill 55, Thompson 62, Jenkins 65
Pioneers finish third, Hornets seventh at Sunrise
4/20/2013 by Jon Reiter (News & Tribune)
Providence shot a 364 and Henryville a 385 at Saturday’s Madison Shawe Invitational, which was won by Madison.
Max Leist led the Pioneers with a 36 and Luke Davidson & Mason Edwards had a Henryville-best 92 at Sunrise Golf Course.
Madison’s Jordan Griffith won medalist honors with a par-72.
Madison 310, Jennings County 349, Providence 364, Shawe 364, South Decatur 372, Southwestern 383, Henryville 385 (Davidson 92, Edwards 92, Furnish 100, Fields 101, Reister 104)
Weeks top Performances
4/13-19/2013 by Jon Reiter (News & Tribune)
• Mitchell Allender, Providence: Allendar’s meet-best 36 helped the Pioneers edge Corydon Central 152-154 at Covered Bridge on Tuesday.
• Jayson Arrell, Christian Academy: Arrell shot a 37 to lead all golfers in the Warriors’ 204-223 win over Rock Creek on Monday.
• Luke Davidson, Henryville: Davidson had a match-best 40 on the par-40 Shadowood Course as Henryville defeated Trinity Lutheran 188-201 on Monday.
• Tony Wagoner III, Borden: Wagoner shot a 46 to pace the Braves in Thursday’s 192-197 loss to Lanesville at Old Capitol in Corydon.
Hornets win at Shadowood
4/15/2013 by Kevin Harris & Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
Henryville went to Seymour and defeated Trinity Lutheran 188-201 at Shadowood Golf Club on Monday.
Henryville freshman Luke Davidson earned medalist honors with a 4-over-par 36. Mitchell Fields shot a 47 and Cole Hairston a 50 for the Hornets.
Henryville (188): Davidson 40, Fields 47, Hairston 50, Reister 51, Lefebvre 58, Furnish 59; Freitus 62
Trinity Lutheran (201): Criswell 43, Terry 46, Pottschmidt 55, Rodriguez 57, Herweger 60
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.”
For the Week
4/6-12/2013 (News & Tribune)
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
Luke Davidson, Henryville: The Hornet freshman earned medalist honors with a 39 in a three-way meet against Madison Shawe and Eastern last Monday at Champions Pointe.
WEEK’S TOP PERFORMANCES
• Jack Sparrow, Floyd Central: Sparrow had a team-best 76 in last Saturday’s Hall of Fame Classic at the par-72 Rock Hollow Golf Club in Rochester.
• Mitchell Fields, Henryville: Fields tied Davidson for a team- and meet-best 44 in Wednesday’s win over Borden and Charlestown at Champions Pointe.
• Conner Welch, Floyd Central: Welch led a balanced Highlander attack with a Floyd-best and medalist one-over-par 37 in a big dual meet against Providence on Tuesday at Covered Bridge.
Henryville gets by Borden, Charlestown
4/10/2013 by Matt Koesters (News & Tribune)
Mitchell Fields and Luke Davidson each shot at 44 at Champions Pointe on Wedneday to help Henryville defeat Borden and Charlestown.
Chris Braun led Charlestown with a 46 and Tony Wagoner shot a Borden-best 47 on the par-36 course.
Henryville (187): Fields 44, Davidson 44, Furnish 49, Reister 50, Edwards 52, Lefebvre 52; Hairston 52, Freitus 64
Henryville tops Shawe, Eastern
4/8/2013 by Greg Mengelt (News & Tribune)
Luke Davidson shot a 39 to help Henryville shoot a 186 and defeat Madison Shawe and Eastern at Champions Pointe Golf Club on Monday.
Mason Edwards shot a 48 and Mitchell Fields a 49 for the Hornets. Tyler Neal’s 47 led the Musketeers.
Henryville (186): Davidson 39, Edwards 48, Fields 49, Furnish 50, Reister 51, Lefebvre 55; Hairston 51, Freitus 69
Shawe (220): Mingione 42, Russ 57, Peterson 58, Hambrose 63
Eastern (Pekin) (226): Neal 47, Young 55, Emmert 60, Hein 64
Hornets win tri-meet
4/4/2013 by Kevin Harris (News & Tribune)
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.
Henryville (187): Davidson 39, Edwards 46, Reister 51, Lefebvre 51, Fields 52, Furnish 53; Hairston 49, Freitus 64
Crothersville (212): Money 49, Petty 53, Doyle 55, Ludeman 55, Comer 60, Street 72
CAI (NTS): Arrell 47, Kidd 50, Cooley 72
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.
2013 PGA Jr. League Golf
3/11/2013 (News & Tribune)
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