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 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.”
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.
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.”
PROVIDENCE • 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
BORDEN • 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.”
CHARLESTOWN • 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.”
CLARKSVILLE • 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.”
EASTERN • 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.”
FLOYD CENTRAL • 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.”
HENRYVILLE • 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.”
JEFFERSONVILLE • 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.”
NEW ALBANY • 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.”
NEW WASHINGTON • 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.”
ROCK CREEK • 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.”
SILVER CREEK • 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.”
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.