The Brownstown Central girls golf team put together a strong team effort to place second in the Mid-Southern Conference tournament Saturday at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour.
The Braves shot a 425, while Corydon Central was first with 369. Silver Creek was third with 481, Scottsburg shot 483, Charlestown 514 and North Harrison 519. Corydon was the defending MSC champion.
Braves coach Brandon Allman said he was proud of the improvement the team has achieved.
“The biggest thing for me, the first tournament of the year here, we shot 468, and to finish today with a 425, an improvement of 43 strokes, is just a credit to the girls,” he said. “We came up here (Friday) and hit balls. I feel they got a lot more confidence after hitting on the range, chipping and putting.”
Corydon’s Emma Rowland and Abby Russell placed 1-2 in the tournament with scores of 80 and 89.
Brownstown junior Gracie Reynolds was third with 46-47-93, Abby Schroer was seventh with 57-52-109, Emma Hughbanks was eighth with 56-55-111 and Jayda Clodfelder was ninth with 53-60-112. All four of them were all-MSC first team.
Megan VonDielingen finished just out of the top 15 with a score of 116 to earn honorable mention status.
“We had four make all-conference and our fifth made honorable mention,” Allman said. “I know the girls are even a little disappointed because they felt they were a good 10 shots or better than that. I’m proud of the hard work they’re putting in, and it’s starting to show.”
Reynolds said she was excited about her 12-shot improvement from the Seymour Invitational and credited that improvement to concentrating in practice.
“I thought around the greens, I did a lot better than usual, so I think that really helped me,” she said. “I was pleased with my irons especially because I usually do pretty bad there.”
She said 93 is one of her best tournament scores of her career.
She said she is pleased the Braves placed second in the MSC and is looking forward to playing Otis Park for the sectional.
“It’s OK,” she said about the Bedford course. “I had my best score there last year, so hopefully, I will this year.”
She said she had a 46 for nine holes and a 105 for 18.
“I just need to make sure my second shots are better,” she said.
The Braves will play a match at Otis Park against BNL on Thursday, then will play in the sectional there on Saturday.
Allman said the Braves’ confidence is at a high level following Saturday’s MSC, and he is hoping that confidence carries over to the sectional.
“When you get a little confidence in this game, it can keep you going,” he said. “It’s a whole different animal at Otis Park. There are a lot more hills, smaller greens, just a lot of things. We need to just keep the ball in play. We really struggled over there last Thursday. We get to go over there this Thursday and hopefully find some things out and the girls start playing like they’re capable of.”
He said iron play will be important.
“We’ve got to get it around the greens and get one chip and two-putt,” he said. “We’re still struggling going back-and-forth across the greens.”