Boys’ Golf Beats Marion

Posted on May 17, 2015 in Boy's Golf, Spring Sports
Junior Cody White.

Junior Cody White.

Oak Hill junior Cody White was hoping for a more consistent performance, but his even-par round of 36 was good enough to give him medalist honors during a dual meet against Marion on Thursday at Meshingomesia Country Club.

White won medalist honors by one stroke over Marion’s Braden Drook, helping the Eagles win the dual match over the Giants 161-171. The Eagles remained undefeated on the season while handing the Giants their first dual meet loss. Oak Hill is now 10-0 in dual and triangular matches. Marion dropped to 9-1 in dual and triangular matches.

“The 161 is still high for us,” White said. “We are normally around a 155 or a 150, so we are still not performing up to our potential.”

Oak Hill coach Gerry Conway said there was a lot of anticipation from his golfers headed into the match.

“This was a big match for us and we always get up for playing Marion,” Conway said. “We were just glad for the opportunity to play a good team like Marion. I know that Marion could have shot better than what they did tonight, and we could have shot better than what we did tonight.”

White’s round included birdies on Nos. 1, 9 and 6. It also included a bogey on his first hole – No. 4 – and a double bogey on No. 8.

White’s birdie on No. 6 brought him back to even par for the round. After a nice up-and-down par save out of a bunker on No. 7, White hit his second shot on the par-4, No. 8 hole out of bounds. White had to take a drop and eventually double bogeyed the hole.

White, however, got himself back to even par after birdies on Nos. 9 and 1. He finished his round with a par on the par-3 No. 2 hole and a par on the par-4 No. 3 hole.

“This round was just not as consistent as I would like,” White said. “If I’m getting three birdies in a round, then I better be shooting 3-under-par.”

White’s birdie on No. 1 put him one stroke ahead of Drook and both players were even the final two holes.

“Cody just did a great job today with those three birdies, especially on putting greens that were tough today,” Conway said. “You throw that bogey out and that double bogey out and he is right back to under par where he wants to be. And Cody usually doesn’t have big numbers on holes like that. So I think he was happy with his round just before of the fact that he got the double and didn’t dwell on it and came back and got two birdies.”

White and Drook were the only golfers in the 30s on Thursday.

Michael Law turned in a 41 for the Eagles. Adam McDivitt and Brayton Swan both had 42s for Oak Hill.

After the 37 from Drook, Luke Leffler had a 44 for Marion. Kaleb Freshwater, Kobe Freshwater and Luke Oliver all had 45s.

“This was just not a very good round for us today,” Marion coach Mark Hyman said. “We have not had a round like this all year and maybe this will be a wake-up call for us. Maybe this will show us that we are not as good as we might have thought we were.”

Marion won the JV match 185-204. Wesley Swan had a 43 for the Giants and Dante Whitton had a 45. Seth Beal had a 46. Nicholas Smith led Oak Hill with a 45.

Marion and Oak Hill both compete in conference meets on Saturday. Marion plays in the North Central Conference Meet at Coyote Crossing in Lafayette. Oak Hill plays in the Central Indiana Conference Meet at the Elks Club.

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