By KEVIN HARRIS
The Floyd Central boys’ golf team opened up its season on Saturday at Covered Bridge Golf Club by finishing second in the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational.
The third-ranked Highlanders fired a team score of 310, one shot behind first-place and Hoosier Hills Conference rival Madison. Corydon Central ended up third with a team score of 316.
Floyd Central senior Devin Jenkins placed third as an individual with a 1-over-par 73. Jenkins made birdies on the first and 14th holes and had 13 pars.
Highlander senior Daniel Shepard shot a 76, while fellow FC senior Alex Beyer carded an 80.
Floyd Central’s Eric Lamm and Jack Sparrow fired an 81 and 82, respectively.
“Devin played solid all day. He was right around par or 1-over all day long,” Highlanders’ assistant coach Jon Curry said. “The rest of them kind of bounced around and struggled a little bit. Daniel Shepard shot 36 on the front side and shot 4-over on the back side, so he struggled late. Then our three, four and five guys struggled all day. They were just not quite up to their normal stuff.”
No. 13 Providence wound up fourth as a team with a 321. Freshman Kevin Crone topped the Pioneers’ scoring column with a 76, while teammate Robert Waiz shot an 81. Also for Providence, Mitchell Allender and Max Hupp each fired an 82 and senior Cory Cahalan had an 87.
“We shot 321, which I think is exactly the same score we shot in last year’s event,” Pioneers’ coach Ken Allender said. “I’m somewhat pleased with it overall because we haven’t played any golf. With the loss of [former Providence standout Bryce Very], I wasn’t sure how the kids were going to step up. But my freshman came in and shot a 76, which was our lowest round. Cory had a bad day. Mitchell, Robert and Max played fine. They just had a couple of bad holes.
“It’s kind of encouraging for the season. I think we’re going to be fine once we can get out and play some.”
Tournament host New Albany placed fifth with a 338. Four Bulldogs shot in the 80s, led by senior Garrett Arnold with an 81. Rounding out the New Albany scoring were Addison Greenwell with an 85 and Jonny Smith and Bret Walts each with an 86.
Jeffersonville was seventh with a 371. Silver Creek wound up 10th with a 448, while Clarksville finished 12th with a 529.
Red Devil seniors Jordan Lacy and Dalton Naiser carded an 85 and 87, respectively. Sophomore Sam Garr paced the Dragons with an 84. Clarksville senior Nick Cappola recorded an 85.