Boys Golf Captures CIC Meet

Posted on May 14, 2018 in Boy's Golf, Spring Sports

By CHUCK LANDIS – clandis@chronicle-tribune.com
ALEXANDRIA — On a challenging golf course, Oak Hill was solid like a rock Saturday and continued its hold on the Central Indiana Conference meet.

The Golden Eagles combined for a 329 total on the Yule Golf Course that reopened just last fall and still rounding into shape and No. 1 golfer Blake LeFavour shot 5-over par 77 for medalist honors.

Runner-up Blackford (337) was eight shots behind and third place Mississinewa (347) was 18 shots off Oak Hill’s pace. Eastbrook placed fourth with a 381 total and Madison-Grant was seventh at 405.

“I told the team you got trouble out there today that could rack you up a double- or a triple-bogey,” Oak Hill coach Gerry Conway said. “Or you manage it and keep the ball in play and don’t get the big number.

“If a team does that together then you can shoot a score like that, and that’s how we did it,” he added. “We knew it wasn’t a day to go low. We wanted to play smart and get a little luck and hopefully it would go our way.”

Yule sat doormat for five years before reopening and the course had deteriorated over time. The biggest problem was dandelions that have cropped up all over the course and made it difficult to find balls — even ones hit in the fairway.

“The weather wasn’t bad,” LeFavour said of the overcast, 70-degree afternoon, “so I figured I would go out and have fun and pull the best score together that I can.”

Despite the conditions, Oak Hill was just six shots off its winning score (323) in last year’s CIC meet played at Club Run, and LeFavour improved one shot over his second-place medalist round. LeFavour, though, did experience some odd rolls and bounces on Yule’s worn down greens.

“I couldn’t figure out which way the greens were going,” LeFavour said. “The balls were bouncing on the greens. But that’s alright, I got some of them to fall so it balanced out.”

Conway said LeFavour’s steady round which did not include a birdie but avoided major trouble was reflective of the entire team’s performance.

“Tee to green, (LeFavour) played really well,” Conway said. “I tried to get him and the rest of the team to accept the fact the greens were going to be difficult and there were going to be bogeys out there because of the conditions.

“Going into it they had the right mindset so when they bogeyed they didn’t let it get them down, and Blake didn’t let it get him down,” he added. “… And there was a lot of luck involved today.”

Jacob Mills shot 79 and tied with Blackford’s Luke Brown for second-low medalist, and they were the only other golfers to break 80. Mills had one birdie on the par-5 fourth hole.

“That was my lowest 18-hole round I shot this year,” Mills said. “I was able pull it together, especially today with the course and the conditions and finding the ball after my tee shots was a challenge.

“But my secondary shots and my approach shots were solid and I came through today and that’s where I excelled the most and why I came out with a 79” he added.

Oak Hill also had Grant Gillespie with an 85 while Logan Deaton and Spencer White each contributed 88s.

“As a team we pulled together great,” said Mills, a junior who was a part-time varsity player last year. “When we came out here today we got in our heads we want this win and will do whatever it takes. We came together as a team beforehand and said ‘no matter what, don’t let our attitudes get to us and we’ll pull together as a team’.”

Mississinewa figured to contend for the team title but coach James Reed said his players were affected by the course conditions. The Indians had Josh Dakin, Ty Corey and Breyton Berryhill all shot 85s and Bryce Luedtke had a 92 that counted in the team scoring.

“Our guys were never comfortable,” Reed said. “The course was tough and everybody was playing it, but we are just not used to a course in this kind of shape and their confidence was off.

“We just got caught on a weird day and we weren’t comfortable with it. We will bounce back and my hat’s off to Oak Hill — they played great and it was rough conditions.”

Noah Ross topped Eastbrook with an 87, followed by Collin Burman with a 92 and Calvin Ochs and Jeffrey Duckwall with 101s. While coach Adali Diesler said the Panthers fell in line with where they were expected to finish, it was a disappointing day.

“I know the conditions affect your attitude, and attitude affects your game and we were probably about 20-30 strokes higher than we should have been,” Diesler said. “Half of that’s the course and half of that is our attitude.”

Grant Wilson led Madison-Grant with a 97, Bryce Miller shot 100, Jonah Johnson 101 and Hayden Retherford 107.

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