Boys Golf Wins CIC Championships

Posted on May 14, 2017 in Boy's Golf, Spring Sports

Blake LeFavour during the CIC meet.

Blake LeFavour during the CIC meet.

Oak Hill might not have been expected to win yet another Central Indiana Conference boys’ golf championship, but the Golden Eagles accomplished just that, and quite convincingly Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles shot an impressive 323 total on a Club Run course that many of their players have seldom seen and whose tight, wooded holes befuddled other golfers on a warm, sunny afternoon. Adam McDivitt led with a 3-over par 75 good or medalist honors while Blake LeFavour followed with a career-best 78 and both were the only golfers to break 80 in the 18-hole tournament.
“I played really good and struck the ball well,” McDivitt said. “I wish I could have putted a smidge better, but other than that I played great. Our top three played great and Ethan Gallaway finished great and shot an 81. And our four man (Grant Gillespie) played good, too. It was a solid day for us.”
Grant Gillespie’s 89 rounded out the scoring and the Eagles repeated with an almost brand new team. McDivitt was the only full-time varsity holdover from last year.
“That’s a good number for us, our best of the year, and an unbelievably good score for this course,” Oak Hill coach Gerry Conaway said. “You got to be straight and accurate out there. We had two guys in the 70s and Ethan shot 81 and birdied two of his last three holes.”
McDivitt’s round included back-to-back birdies on No. 11 and 12 and five bogeys while attempting to keep the ball straight.
“I have played (Club Run) three times in my whole life,” McDivitt said. “But I knew I couldn’t overpower the course and play what it gave me; otherwise, you can have some really high scores here.”
Lafavour is far more knowledgeable about Club Run, having played the course regularly during the summer. He also had two birdies in his round.
“My putting was really good today and I was hitting everything pretty good,” LeFavour said. “I know where to put the ball in play on several of the tough holes and don’t hit driver, especially on the shorter holes and even if you are tempted.”
Early on, the meet was settling into a two-way battle for the title between the Eagles and Eastbrook. Yet, the Panthers’ top golfers Noah Ross and Joseph Kershner were among the victims of the Club Run backwoods and the team finished third at 356 behind host Blackford (354).
Ross played the 13th and 14th holes in 5-over par each and then triple bogeyed No. 15 to put himself our of contention for individual medalist honors. He played the other 15 holes in three-over par, but the damage was done.
After six holes, Kerschner was 1-over par and leading the tournament before he also encountered problems in the woods and finished with an 80, good for a third-place overall finish.
Still, Ross finished with an 88 and salvaged an all-conference medal for his round while Kershner shot 80 and tied for third place.
“We got off to a decent start and our No. 1 and 2 were playing well,” Eastbrook coach Adlai Diesler said. “There are some holes in the back that are tight and it’s easy to have some strokes get away from you.
“We didn’t absolutely didn’t blow up – we bettered our score from last week – but we’ve got some major room for improvement,” Diesler added. “We’re off next weekend we want to get ready for Grant Four at our place (Arbor Trace). By no means am I mad about today, but I thought we could win and it wasn’t our day.”
Eastbrook also had Jackson Bush and Collin Lehrian shot 94s. Mississinewa was fourth with 363 and No. 1 golfer Josh Dakin was among those tied for third place overall at 80, while other scorers were Doak Lobarr’s 90, Braden Henry’s 94 and Breyton Berryhill’s 99. Dakin was an all-conference medalist.
Madison-Grant finished sixth with 411 and led by Clayton Bohlander’s 94. Other scorers were Cole Bramel with 100, Bryce Miller with 104 and Allerdyce Fidler with 123.

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