Brownstown Central senior Lance Hackman described the conditions at the Mid-Southern Conference tournament.
“It was basically a monsoon out there.”
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The golfers took Wooded View, in Clarksville, around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
While it rained steadily most of the day, the last five holes saw a torrential downpour.
Top-10 ranked Corydon Central finished first with 298 points to get the MSC trophy while Scottsburg came in second at 324 and the Braves claimed third with 334.
Silver Creek earned fourth with 339, North Harrison fifth with 346 and Salem scored 382. Austin and Eastern Pekin rounded-out the team scoring with 412 and 461 while Clarksville only fielded two golfers on the day.
Hackman and fellow-senior Levi Sweeney earned All-MSC honors, as they both shot 80s on the day to lead the Braves on the 71-par course.
Surprisingly, both seniors said they felt their game improved as the weather worsened.
“It was pretty hard at first before it started raining,” Sweeney said. “It made it a lot easier to stick shots on the green after it started raining. I played much better after it started raining.”
For Hackman, it was his third-straight All-MSC selection. Sweeney also earned a nod at last year’s tournament.
“I barely scraped it out the past couple years, I shot an 80 last year to tie for tenth,” Hackman said. “It’s nice to make all-conference. You just have to keep it in play (at Wooded View). It’s not a tight course by any means. If you can keep it in the fairways and not pull it too far out you’re fine.”
For coach Brandon Allman, having his seniors finish MSC play was bittersweet.
“Next year, we have some guys that are going to need to fill big shoes. Those two have been our best two players for about the past two or three years.”
The Braves’ No. 3 golfer, freshman Hunter Browning, recorded a 94 on the day.
Braves sophomore Chanler Fleetwood scored a 68 and junior Seth Berry finished at 88.
At the start of the day, the Braves struggled to find their strokes.
“We got off to a really, really slow start,” Allman said. “I know a couple kids doubled and tripled on their first holes and that was in the good conditions. It started raining on the last five or six holes. I don’t know if it was nerves, but it was rough.”
With sectional around the corner, Allman expects his squad to drop their scores to stay competitive.
“I really think we need to be around 320,” Allman said. “Our top two guys, Lance and Levi, are capable of shooting around 75. Our three, four and five are going to be around 80 and 85 tops. We need to focus going into sectional.”
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All Mid-Southern Conference team
1-Tim Wiseman 70 (Corydon Central)
2-Ryan Crawford 73 (Corydon Central)
3-Luke Taylor 73 (Scottsburg)
4-Mitch Frederick 76 (Corydon Central)
5-Chase Spencer 77 (North Harrison)
6-Sam Garr 79 (Silver Creek)
7-Steve Coleman 79 (Corydon Central)
8-Devon Wynn 79 (Salem)
9-Lance Hackman 80 (Brownstown Central)
10-Quinton Coffman 80 (Corydon)
11-Levi Sweeney 80 (Brownstown Central)
1-Christian Burch 81 (Scottsburg)
2-Jared Cecil 83 (Silver Creek)
3-Kameron Hollan 84 (Scottsburg)
4-Austin Davis 84 (North Harrison)