In the windiest, most frigid conditions since March, the team that could tough out the conditions — while keeping their heads — would emerge victorious.
Seymour and Trinity Lutheran Lutheran, both hosting matches at Shadowood Golf Course, had mixed results Monday.
The Cougars didn’t let the conditions get to them on the front nine holes. Instead of succumbing to the elements, they shot one of their better scores at home on the season.
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Trinity totaled 168 strokes to top Salem (191) in a dual match.
Cory Stuckwisch had a stellar day for the Cougars, shooting an even-par 36 strokes for medalist honors.
“Cory shot an even-par with that wind,” Cougars coach Greg Personett said. “It goes to prove that no matter how bad it is, somebody can shoot a number. Cory did today, and I’m proud of him.”
Next for Trinity was Chad Stuckwisch’s 43 and Drew Royalty at 44.
Jonathan Keith shot 45, while Skyler Stahl, Jacob Keith and Kohei Nagino each scored 48s for the Cougars.
Medora’s Hunter Browning shot a 48 representing the Hornets.
“The conditions were extremely cold and tough,” Personett said. “In my book, there wasn’t a bad score on the page.
“I’m very happy with them. We have a really good team this year, and it’s starting to show now. We have a couple tournaments left before the sectional, and I feel pretty good about it. Even the junior varsity had some good numbers today. We had guys shooting under their averages. They’ve convinced themselves they can do it.”
The Cougars will play a dual match at at Clifty Creek today and return on Saturday for the Hauser Invitational.
Columbus East topped the Seymour tri match with 177 strokes followed by New Albany (180) and the Owls (196).
With many parts of the area flooded from over the weekend, Hoffman said the course was great.
“The course weathered the storms (from Saturday) really well. I can’t believe how well it held,” Owls coach Jim Hoffman said. “Everything was good except for the 32 mph winds and 52 degrees.”
East’s Derek Alexander carded a 40 to claim medalist honors on the back nine holes.
Tyler Bullard shot the low for the Owls with 44, followed by Keaton Simpson’s 45.
Brantley Adams, who shot birdies on holes No. 10 and No. 14, totaled 52 strokes, Tom Hoffmeier shot 55 and Noah Beaty amassed 59.
“The boys toughed it out for the most part,” Hoffman said. “I think a couple kids did OK, but it’s a learning experience. I think they can learn from it; it’s more mental toughness than playing the game.”
On Saturday, the Owls will compete in the Bloomington North Invitational at Indiana University, which will host the sectional.
Hoffman said the team uses the tournament to better prepare for the postseason.
“We look at it for where we can miss shots if we’re going to miss them,” Hoffman said. “We get to see some tight holes, so that lets us make mental notes for when we come back. It has helped us the last two years in sectional and hopefully it will help us again this year.”