Cougars set school record



Staring at the completed scorebook in hand, Trinity Lutheran boys golf coach Greg Personett was lost for words.

Re-collecting himself after taking off his glasses and closing his eyes, Personett could utter just two words.

“I’m shocked.”

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Another mark was broken Monday night by the 2017 Cougars.

Trinity combined for 157 strokes to set a new nine-hole school record at Hickory Hills Golf Club.

The previous record (159) was set by the same group at Edinburgh’s Timbergate Golf Course earlier this season.

The Cougars topped Brownstown Central 157-196 on the night.

Cougars seniors Drew Royalty and Skyler Stahl, and Medora’s Hunter Browning, all tied for medalist honors by shooting three-over-par 38s.

Jonathan Keith was next for the Cougars, carding 40, Chad Stuckwisch shot 41 and Cory Stuckwisch totaled 45.

The Cougars’ Jacob Keith had 46 and Kohei Nagino finished with 47 on the afternoon.

“We were focused,” Personett said. “I think, tonight, they finally put it all together. The mental, long and short games. They put any bad scores behind them. For example, Cory had a quad and two birdies.”

For the Braves, senior night didn’t go as hoped as they shot a season-high on their home course.

Brayton Hattabaugh was low for the Braves with 42 strokes, Gavin Bane shot 48, and Chanler Fleetwood and Sam Huber had 53s.

Adam Pottschmidt’s 54 and Hunter Tormoehlen’s 59 completed the Braves’ lineup.

“We struggled,” Braves coach Brandon Allman said. “I know that it was Chanler and Gavin’s worst rounds of the season.  I thought it would be more competitive than it was.”

Fleetwood and Bane are the Braves’ seniors this season.

“They’ve been a really nice addition to our team,” Allman said

“They’ve consistently been in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. They’ve brought some leadership to the team this year.”

Trinity will host Switzerland County on Thursday at Shadowood Golf Course, and Brownstown Central will play at Wooded View in Clarksville for the Mid-Southern Conference tourney.

The Braves are the reigning MSC champions.

“Down there, it’s a really tight golf course,” Allman said. “We need to keep it in play and go up and down. We need to stay mentally focused, I know that our guys want to do so well that sometimes they get mentally frustrated and get down.”

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