Owls, Cougars compete in separate matches at Shadowood

With near perfect conditions on the links, the Seymour and Trinity Lutheran boys golf teams hosted matches at Shadowood Golf Course on Tuesday.

Seymour exited the back nine holes first with a 172-187 victory against Southwestern.

Despite the victory, Owls coach Jim Hoffman felt the team could have played better.

“I’m a little disappointed,” Hoffman said. “I thought we would shoot better, being at home and with pretty good weather. But, a win is a win. I saw some improvement. I was hoping to be around 170 and we were off by two.”

The Owls’ Tyler Bullard tied for medalist with the Rebels’ Hunter Medford, as each shot four-over 40s.

Keaton Simpson came next for the Owls with a 41.

Noah Beaty shot 45 while Tom Hoffmeier scored 46 for the Owls. Brantley Adams completed the scorecard with a 60.

“Tom is a freshman thrown in there and I’m proud of his 46,” Hoffman said. “Noah Beaty’s 46 puts us in pretty good shape. We saw improvements at the end. The guys at the top will pull through for us, we will get there we just need more practice.”

This Saturday, the Owls will complete in an afternoon tournament hosted by Floyd Central at Valley View Golf Club.

“There will be a lot of good teams there,” Hoffman said. “Center Grove will be there and they’re No. 1 in the state. There will probably be six or seven ranked teams there. Again, we will be able to better see where we stand. Hopefully we can keep getting better.

Trinity hosted Salem, Austin, Clarksville and Medora.

Salem topped the competition with a 182, Trinity had 189 and Austin combined for 224.

Clarksville and Medora didn’t field full teams.

Browning shot a 42 representing the Hornets.

Browning, Jacob Keith of Trinity and Salem’s Nick Noll all tied for medalist honors.

Kohei Nagino and Josiah Foster both shot 47s, Mark Shoemaker had 53, and Jordan Peters and Ryland Nierman each carded 56s for TLHS.

It was the first match of the season for the Cougars.

“We wanted to see how competitive we really are,” Cougars coach Greg Personett said. “I think they were a little bit nervous with it being the first time out. I’m pretty happy overall. Our short game needs some work, but I think we will be OK.”

Trinity will head to Rising Sun on Saturday to compete in the Shiner Invitational.

The Cougars are the defending champions at the invite.

“I expect us to be just as good as we were last year,” Personett said. “ I think we’re capable of winning it again. We have some guys putting in good scores. Overall, they’re looking strong. I think it’s going to be a good season for us.”