For The Tribune
Coach Brandon Allman was hoping his Brownstown Central girls’ golf team could place second Saturday in the Mid-Southern Conference Tournament at Shadowood Golf Course.
Only one Brave — Emma Zabor — was able to break 100, and the team had to settle for third place with a team score of 408.
North Harrison repeated as MSC champions by shooting 335, and Hallie Hinton repeated as individual champion with a score of 81. Corydon Central was second with a score of 386.
This is the second time Hinton has been a tournament medalist at Shadowood this year, as she also placed first in the Seymour Invitational at the beginning of the season.
“Coming in I was thinking second place,” Allman said. “We knew North Harrison was the leader of the group. They’ve been, by far, the strongest team all year, and I knew Corydon was a solid team, too. I felt we were really comparable to them.”
Zabor shot a 26-over-par 98 for All-MSC honors.
Brownstown Central teammates Shelby Stuckwisch (101), Regan Campbell (102) and KaCee Collins (107) were honorable mention.
“Three of those girls were all-conference last year,” Allman said. “It’s disappointing for them not to back it up from last year, but it’s still nice to have three girls honorable mention and one all-conference. That’s still an accomplishment and they can put a patch on their lettermen’s jacket. It is something they can always be proud of.”
The Braves’ team score at MSC is an outlier among their recent scores.
“The 408 is actually our highest of the season, so it wasn’t our best time to do that,” Allman said. “Hopefully, we got our bad rounds out of the way and we’re ready to go for next week at the sectional (at Otis Park in Bedford).”
Allman plans on having the team work on a mixture of things this week.
“We had a lot of penalty shots today,” Allman said. “We’ve spent a ton of time chipping around the greens. Watching several holes today, I saw some really good things and I saw some things we’ve still got to work on.
“With just a week left in the season, it’s putting everything together and hopefully have a good round on Saturday.”
To have success in the postseason, the Braves will need stronger course management.
“They need to keep it in play and over there they need to stay short of the hole,” Allman said. “If you get above the hole it’s really tough. We’ve going to break down the course this week, and try to understand places that you can’t hit it and where you can get yourself in trouble, and try to stay away from those areas.”
The Braves had a meet at Otis Park on Sept. 7, and they have another match there this Thursday.
“We played the back nine last Thursday and (the BNL coach) was going to try to get us on the front nine this Thursday so that will kind of count as our practice round,” Allman said.