Brownstown falls by stroke to Providence

For The Tribune

Despite losing 200-201 to Providence on Monday afternoon at Hickory Hills Golf course, Brownstown Central coach Brandon Allman said he believes his team is headed in the right direction.

The 201 strokes is the Braves’ lowest score of the season on their home course, as they’ve shot 215 and 206 in matches there earlier this season.

“We’re getting close to where we want to be, and it leaves a sour taste in your mouth when you only lose by one stroke, and some of the girls say, ‘I could have made a shot here or there.’ That makes it difficult,” Allman said.

Seniors Kaela Tormoehlen and Morgan Chastain both recorded birdies on par-3s. Tormoehlen birded on hole No. 4, while Chastain’s came on No. 7.

“That is the first time this year we’ve had two birdies in the same match,” Allman said.”

Tormoehlen was the medalist for the match with 45, Emma Zabor was next at 49, and Chastain shot 51.

“That was a good score for Kaela,” Allman said. “She had definitely been struggling. It was nice to see her get back on the right track. I hope she can keep it there because we have to have three girls in the 40s consistently for us to win the conference and may get out of the sectional.

KaCee Collins shot a personal-best 56 on the afternoon in the No. 5 spot, and Breonna Bottorff also scored a 56.

Allman also said that he saw improvements from his No. 2 and No. 3 golfers.

“It was a nice rebound for (Zabor) as well because she really struggled at Scottsburg (Friday) with a 61. She improved by 12 strokes. She struggled on the first couple holes, and she said she couldn’t wait for the round to get over as quick as possible. She lost it mentally, which you can’t do in this game. If you lose it mentally then everything is going to go downhill.

“Morgan started out with a birdie on her first hole. She just had too many 7s in there. We’ve just got to keep working and to get down around 180 would be great.”

Moving forward, Allman said he knows what needs improvement to drop scores.

“I think a lot of it is our short game,” Allman said. “I’m sounding like a broken record, but I was just telling them that it is so difficult to watch them hit a couple shots and be right up by the green, and then go back-and-forth.

“I know it’s frustrating for the girls to get there so close, and that’s what makes golf so difficult. Even guys can hit over 300 yards and they get by the greens, and then they take a six or a seven. That really weighs on you.”