5/12/2013 2:48:00 PM New Castle 4th in invitational Farmer shoots 77 for Shenandoah
Kim Nguyen / C-T photo Hagerstown's Jonathan Clark chips onto a green at Westwood Golf Club.
By DAVE RISLEY For The Courier-Times
On a cool and windy Saturday, the New Castle boys varsity golf team finished fourth in its annual invitational at Westwood Golf Club.
Connersville took home the team trophy with a score of 314. Finishing second through 11th, respectively, were Madison 319, Richmond 324, New Castle 326, Marion 349, Jay County 353, Shenandoah 353, New Castle (JV) 361, Cambridge City Lincoln 378, Muncie South 381, and Hagerstown 405.
Marion's Zach Seeler was medalist with a 39-35, 74. Dalton Rosenberger of Connersville was second with 41-35, 76 and Shenandoah's Ryan Farmer tied Connersville's Jake Hackelman for third with 77 each. Farmer shot 39 on the front nine and 38 on the back nine, while Hackelman carded 40 on holes 1-9 and 37 on holes 10-18.
"Ryan is playing really well for us," Shenandoah coach Terry Furnish said. "He's our only returning letterman, as we graduated seven seniors off last year's team.
New Castle's Kyle Schoefield shot 38 on the front nine and was tied for the lead with individuals from Madison and Richmond going into the back nine. But Schoefield shot 42 on the back nine and finished with a score of 80.
Other Trojan varsity scores on Saturday were Ty Flowers 39-42, 81; Ryan Perdue 41-41, 82; Blake Wheeler 43-40, 83; and Drew Saunders 45-40, 85.
"One thing we will have to learn how to do is control our emotions better on the course," New Castle coach Cliff Irvin said. "We're young, so this should improve with time. We tend to get too up when things are going well and too down when things aren't going well. We need to maintain our composure at all times out there."
New Castle's junior varsity had a good day, defeating three varsity squads in the invitational. Trevor Hinshaw led the way with a 42-45, 87. Other Trojan junior varsity scores were Jacob Campbell 43-45, 88; Joey Smith 44-45, 89; Austin Garrett 46-51, 97; and Cole Owens 52-47, 99.
"I was really, really impressed with our JV team today," Irvin added. "They played well on both the front and back nine. This is their home course, too, and they practice just as hard as the varsity does. I felt they deserved an opportunity to shine."
Shenandoah and Jay County both shot 353, but the Patriots finished sixth because the score of their fifth golfer was better.
In addition to Farmer's 77, other scores for the Raiders were Wyatt Bivens 42-43, 85; Mitch Humphrey 43-45, 88; Carson Powell 47-56, 103; and Jarod Hamilton 53-55, 108.
"Wyatt and Mitch had their best scores for 18 holes today," Furnish added, "but our other guys are just learning how to play 18 holes. They struggled a bit, but are easy to work with and are trying and improving. We got moved to the Greenfield sectional this year, so one of our goals is to advance out of that sectional."
Freshman Ben Tinkle led Hagerstown on Saturday with a 43-43, 86. Other Tiger scores were Jonathan Clarke 47-50, 97; Tyler Cowin 55-50, 105; Kyle Rummel 52-65, 117; and Jacob Wolfe 58-63, 121.
"We're on a learning curve this year," Hagerstown coach Bill Bunger said. "In other words, we're rebuilding as all of our team graduated last spring. Ben and Jonathan are talented freshmen, but sometimes they play like freshmen. Our other three golfers never have played this course before. Our scores today don't indicate it, but we are improving and better times are ahead for us."
Eric Underwood topped Lincoln's efforts with a 44-41, 85. Other Golden Eagle scores were Kendoll Riggs 45-48, 93; A.J. Ogle 49-49, 98; Austin Merida 52-50, 102; and Ben Bertsch 59-62, 111.