Brownstown Central girls golf finishes third in the Mid-Southern Conference tournament


Competing at the high school level can have its difficulties.

Especially for a coach trying to guide a team to victory each game or match of the season.

Having someone on the roster step into a leadership role without asking is a huge asset to have in a program.

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Brownstown Central High School’s girls golf team has its leader in senior KaCee Collins.

“She’s been great for the girls because she’s been a shoulder to lean on, gives advice and she’s helped me out a ton making sure girls are getting to where they need to be,” coach Brandon Allman said.

Her leadership helped propel the team to a third place finish out of seven teams in Tuesday evening’s Mid-Southern Conference Tournament at Shadowood Golf Course.

The team scored 212 strokes, led by Collins’ 45.

A strong Corydon Central team finished first with a 177 and Scottsburg in second with a 193.

The seven teams played nine holes, even though they were originally scheduled to play 18 on Saturday. That was postponed due to rain.

Ashlyn Fox scored a 51, Lexi Satterhwaite had a 55, Payton Ault recorded a 61 and Kelsey Ault finished with a 64 for the Braves.

Collins’ score was tied for fourth best out of 32 competitors and earned her a spot on the All-MSC team.

“She’s been our number one all year,” Allman said.

Her leadership coupled with hard work may have influenced Fox and Satterhwaite, who earned honorable mention honors for the All-MSC team, Allman said.

“It shows their hard work is paying off,” he said. “They’re hitting it every week and I think they have the capability to break 50.”

Collins said her goal at the beginning of the year was to consistently shoot in the mid-40s, so she felt she had a good night.

“I’m pretty happy with anything between 42 and 46, so 45 is good,” she said.

As for the tournament, Allman said he knew it would be difficult to match up against Corydon.

“It’s about where I expected us to be,” he said. “We all new Corydon would be a strength and they have a really nice team.”

Scottsburg had a great match too, he said, adding that Brownstown Central and Scottsburg have competed all year with one finishing ahead of the other in a few matchups. In Monday evening’s matchup, the Warriors only finished four strokes ahead of the Braves.

Scottsburg was able to place ahead of the Braves Tuesday evening in part because of a strong performance from Avery Bottorff, who shot a tournament low 38.

“They just definitely played well,” Allman said. “They had a really great night and deserved second.”

Allman said playing nine holes is challenging because there is less room for error.

“So that (playing nine) changes the approach,” he said. “You have to stay aggressive, especially if you have a bad hole.”

Collins said she would rather play the full 18 because nine is a small sample size.

“I don’t feel like you see everyone’s true potential in nine holes,” she said. “I 18 holes show when you’re tired, when you’re warmed up and show you everything.”

Allman said he hopes each of the players peaks at the right time ahead of sectionals, which are scheduled for Saturday at Bedford.

He said his team will have to improve their confidence at Otis Park Golf Course, where the sectional will be played.

“They just think it’s so hard, but if can get past that, hopefully we can have a chance,” he said.

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