Stahl named team MVP as Braves celebrate golf season


Coach Brent Hattabaugh said Chandler Stahl had an outstanding season for the Brownstown Central golf team this spring.

Stahl, a junior, had the lowest 18-hole average on the team at 86.3 and tied for No. 1 in nine holes at 42.1.

His low 18-hole score was 81, which he shot at the Mid-Southern Conference Tournament at Wooded View in Clarksville and in the sectional at Cascades in Bloomington.

“He shot 39 three times, and he was our medalist three times,” Hattabaugh said of Stahl.

Those 39s came at home (Hickory Hills) twice and at Scottsburg.

He also was all-Mid-Southern Conference honorable mention and was a regional qualifier.

For his efforts, Stahl was named Brownstown’s most valuable player at the awards program held at the school Monday night.

Jaren Cunningham was the recipient of the mental attitude award, and Caiden Gwin was named the most improved player.

“Cunningham was a great teammate, hardworking and the younger kids looked up to him,” Hattabaugh said.

Cunningham, a junior, averaged 47.1 for nine holes with his low rounds being a 44 at Shadowood and 45s at Otis Park in Bedford and at home.

Gwin, a sophomore, lowered his nine-hole average five strokes from last year to 42.1.

“He was our medalist five times,” Hattabaugh said.

His low score was a 38 at home, and he had 39s at home twice. His low 18-hole score was an 86 at sectional. Gwin also received his letter jacket.

Freshman Matthew Reedy also was all-MSC honorable mention as he shot an 81 at Wooded View. He averaged 44.5 for nine holes.

Other varsity lettermen and their scores were Elix Preston 47 and 91, Connor Gwin 47.3 and 91.3 and Smith Hackman 46.4 and 93.

The only senior on the team was Colton Hallow, who carried an average of 54.3.

Hattabaugh said during the season, Hallow received a sportsmanship award from BCHS Athletic Director Mark Dehart, who said he received a phone call from the athletic director at Mitchell praising Hallow for his encouragement and sportsmanship toward the Mitchell player he was playing with that day.

“It was a privilege to coach Colton,” Hattabaugh said. “We’re going to miss Colton.”

Hattabaugh said he was pleased with the improvement this team showed over the 2021 Braves.

“We had a winning season. We were 42-25 after having a losing season last year,” he said. “We were fourth out of nine teams in the MSC and fifth out of 12 teams in the sectional. We improved our nine-hole average from 186 a year ago to 173, and we improved our 18-hole average from 379 to 352. Our best nine-hole score was 165 at Salem, and our best 18-hole score was 335 at conference.”

Hattabaugh continued, “We had eight players that were close for (five positions) for the sectional, and we had four players for two positions, and we had to come back to Hickory Hills and have a playoff for those spots.”

He encouraged the returning players to play a lot of golf this summer.

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