Brownstown Central girls place 3rd in tourney

For The Tribune

Kaela Tormoehlen and Emma Zabor earned All-Conference honors to lead the Brownstown Central girls’ golf team to a third-place finish in the Mid-Southern Conference golf tournament Saturday at Shadowood Golf Course.

Tormoehlen and Zabor both scored 100s as the Braves finished at 419.

That was one stroke higher than the Braves shot in the Seymour Invitational on Aug. 6.

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Silver Creek, sparked by medalist Charlotte Eaton’s 79, easily won the tournament at 348.

All five Dragons earned all-conference honors.

“They were the favorites coming, so that was expected,” Braves coach Brandon Allman said.

North Harrison, led by Cassidy Thompson and Hallie Hinton with 87s, placed second with 402.

Allman said the Braves finished ahead of North Harrison in the opening tournament of the season at Otis Park.

“In the first tournament of the year at Bedford, we beat North Harrison,” he said. “Both Kaela and Emma played better that day, and if they were where they should have been, for the most part today, we would have been right there with (North Harrison), if not beat them.”

Allman said he was happy to see Tormoehlen and Zabor place in the top 10 to earn all-MSC honors, but he was hoping both girls could have scored close to 90 or below.

“It was nice that they were still able to make all-conference, but that was above what I expected them to shoot today,” he said.

Tormohelen shot 54 on the front nine and came in with a 46 on the back nine, while Zabor carded a 51 and 49.

“Kaela really struggled on the front nine, off the tee, and Emma was playing much better on the back side, and she had a couple big numbers coming in,” Allman said. “At sectional, I expect those girls to be down to 90 or below.

“I thought the course was playing tough today. Early this morning, being really wet with dew on the ground, they weren’t getting much roll. I heard a couple of the other coaches talk about how they thought the greens were really firm, and it was hard for the girls to hold things on the greens.”

Breonna Bottorff shot 108, Shelby Stuckwisch carded 111 and Regan Campbell rounded-out the Brownstown Central scoring at 112.

Bottorff shot four strokes lower on the back nine than on the front, Stuckwisch lowered her score by three strokes, and Campbell recorded her best score on the front nine with a 55.

The Braves will play host to Scottsburg today, then will prepare for the sectional at Otis Park on Saturday.

“We’ll work on our short game,” Allman said. “We’ll work on it every day. The ground is really hard at Otis Park, so we’re going to work on practice hitting shots a little bit shorter at the greens, and hopefully let them bounce up because you can’t expect to fly the ball at Otis Park because it will go off the back of the green.

“The greens at Otis Park are really small, so you’re going to miss greens, you’ve just got to be able to get up-and-down, and hopefully save par or make five.”