Braves host Owls for county match at Hickory Hills


BROWNSTOWN — After both playing well at the Bloomington North Invitational last Saturday, the boys golf teams from Brownstown Central and Seymour met again on Monday, this time for a dual match at Hickory Hills Golf Course.

It was the Braves who won on their home course with a team score of 152 to the Owls’ 180.

Micah Sheffer was the medalist on the day as he shot a low score of 35. After him, four Braves shot 39s in Caiden Gwin, Matthew Reedy, Chander Stahl and Carter Covert. Smith Hackman rounded out the varsity with a 43.

“It’s not too bad. I played all right,” Gwin said. “I was able to get up and down on six and seven.”

He said he wants to stay under 40 as much as he can this season. Gwin was Brownstown’s top golfer on Saturday with a round of 78.

“I was able to hit fairways and greens and play pretty well Saturday,” he said. “It’s nice being able to play well there (at Cascades, the sectional course).”

Gwin has enjoyed the team success so far for the Braves and hopes it continues.

“We’ve been able to place top three in a couple tournaments,” he said. “We’ve been playing pretty well.”

Leading the way for Seymour was Ty Stuckwisch with a 41, followed by Manny Fontanez 42, Luke Baker 48, Noah Surface 49, Trevor Alberring 52 and Trenton Morris 53.

Stuckwisch was able to birdie the eighth hole with a long putt.

“Finally hit a good drive,” Stuckwisch said. “I had a short wedge in after that, put it about 20 feet and I just hit the putt. I thought it was going long for a second, but it just went right to the back of the hole. It felt good.”

He was pleased with his 41, especially after a rough start to the day.

“Pretty solid,” he said. “I had one bad hole on three, hit in the water twice, but every other hole was pretty good for me. I turned it around a bit toward the end.”

Stuckwisch said his driver and putter are pretty steady, and his short game usually decides how well he will play.

Seymour hasn’t played a whole lot of matches so far this season, and a few matches have been riddled with brutal weather. But Saturday was the best the Owls have shot this season, and they hope to continue that as the season goes on.

“Our scores have definitely improved over the course of the season, especially this past Saturday we all shot pretty well,” Stuckwisch said. “We’ve definitely been getting a lot better, more consistent.”

In junior varsity competition, Brownstown shot a 179 with Collin Downing 43, Connor Gwin 43, Cole Brelage 46, Jaren Cunningham 47, Caden Waskom 50 and Elix Preston 50.

Seymour shot a 206 with Noah Wineinger 46, Jay Herbert 51, Eli Meyer 53, Lucas Fischer 56, Zach Kriete 59 and Trevor Goecker 60.

The Owls will be back in action later today when they host Jennings County at Shadowood Golf Course, and the Braves will play at Wooded View Golf Course on Saturday for their Mid-Southern Conference tournament.

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