For The Tribune

Sophomore Tyler Bullard shot a three-over par 39 to help the Seymour golf team defeat Brownstown Central 172-177 on wet and soft Shadowood Golf Course on Friday afternoon.

“Tyler Bullard, being medalist with a 39, was a good thing.” Owls coach Jim Hoffman said. “The ball wasn’t going very far, and it was muddy.

“Our score was respectable for the conditions. We were missing a couple kids tonight, but other kids filled in. We got off to a bad start with the rain. I think everybody was just trying to get out here and get started. We had a good finish.”

Keaton Simpson was next for the Owls with 40, Brady Marshall shot 41 and Dusty Wetzel 52.

“We really struggled with just using our head,” Hoffman said. “We made some mental errors that we normally don’t make. You can attribute that, maybe, to the conditions. I don’t think we thought through everything very well.”

Senior Jackson Wagner scored low for the Braves with 41.

Hunter Browning followed at 43, Luke Lahrman at 46, and Seth Berry and Brayton Hattabaugh with 47s.

“Jackson played very well today,” Braves assistant coach Luke Warren said. “His last hole wasn’t the outcome he was would have liked. He was in a chipping mood all day, and he just kept plucking away. Every time he got a bad break he made some great up-and-downs on his first couple holes. I was pretty happy with that.

“I thought we played decent. We had a couple of tough breaks. Obviously, you’ve got to take the conditions of the course, the bad weather. We let a few shots go. We tried to recover, but it’s hard to recover in a nine-hole match.”

Warren thought the Braves had some good drives.

“I thought we got off the tee very well,” Warren said. “I thought we got a couple bad breaks on the greens, which with them being wet — I know each green is different the way the grain is — I thought putting was hard today. I thought we drove the ball very well.”

Looking ahead, Hoffman wants his team to better analyze the course.

“I think we need to think about everything a little more in depth in what we’re trying to do,” Hoffman said. “We’re making progress. We had a good weekend last weekend and a good start back to where we need to be.”

Brownstown will play Austin and Scottsburg on Tuesday at Westwood Golf Course in Scottsburg before joining the Owls on Saturday in the Bedford North Lawrence Invite at Otis Park.

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