Brownstown finishes second at conference tournament

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Brownstown Central girls golf coach Brandon Allman says his team is headed in the right direction.

“It was our best 18 hole score of the year, but we’re still not where we want to be, down under 400,” Allman said after the Braves finished second in the Mid-Southern Conference Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Shadowood Golf Course.

The Braves shot 407 to place second as Corydon won with a score of 373, followed by Scottsburg at 428, Silver Creek at 434 and Charlestown at 500. Salem and North Harrison each had two individuals, Eastern was unable to participate because of COVID-19, and Austin does not have a girl’s golf team this fall.

“Congrats to Corydon,” Allman said. “They shot their season low, I believe.”

The Braves won the tournament at Shadowood in 2020 with Silver Creek second and Corydon third.

Payton Ault topped the Braves Saturday with a 48-50-98 and earned all-MSC first team honors for the second year in a row.

“Payton showed a lot of grit today, having her best stuff early, but finished off the round with a couple of pars,” Allman said.

Next for the Braves was Hannah Hackman with a 48-51-99, to also earn first team all-MSC honors.

Allman said, “Hannah had her career low, and the first time breaking 100.”

Hackman improved her score by 20 strokes as she shot 119 in the MSC a year ago. She had a birdie on the par 4 16th hole.

Lexie Satterthwaite and Emma Hughbanks shot 105 and were also all-MSC first team. This is the second year Satterthwaite made all conference.

Rounding out the Braves scores was Kelsey Ault with 56-54-110, and she earned all-MSC honorable mention for the second year in a row.

Hughbanks is a junior and the other four Braves that played Saturday are seniors.

Emma Rowland of Corydon, daughter of Coach Eric Rowland, was tournament medalist with 41-38-79.

Joey Stricker of Silver Creek was second with 36-45-18, and Corydon had the next two finishers in Chloe Cannon (91) and Abby Russell (97).

Payton Ault and Molly McGannon of Scottsburg tied for fifth with 98’s, Hackman was seventh, and Satterthwaite and Hughbanks tied for eighth.

“I’m proud of my girls for competing and battling,” Allman said. “Some pins were in tough spots, and the greens are much quicker than they are accustomed to.

“They were able to make adjustments and find ways to get the ball in the hole.”

The Braves will host Scottsburg today, play at Bedford North Lawrence Thursday and return to Otis Park Saturday for the sectional.