By JON REITER
Last week’s rain and Saturday morning’s cold and windy conditions made for difficult scoring at the annual Wooded View Boys’ Golf Invitational at the town of Clarksville’s municipal course.
With temperatures around freezing about the time the shotgun start kicked off the tourney at 8:30 a.m., it took players a while to warm up.
The fourth-ranked Floyd Central Highlanders took the team standings by seeing its top four players shoot a combined 344 to best Brownstown by two strokes.
The Highlanders played in the tournament without a few of its top players but still had enough firepower to capture the trophy. Two individual players, Clayton Crum and Elliott Endris, scored well enough to finish inside the top 5. Crum tied North Harrison’s Chase Spencer for low scoring honors with an 81 and Endris notched a 84.
Spencer, however, took home the medalist honors in a playoff by shooting a par-four on the second hole.
The Jeffersonville Red Devils carded a 378 to finish fifth in the aggregate scoring. Dalton Naiser shot the low round for Jeffersonville with an 87.
Devils coach Dusty Corum said his squad struggled with the conditions along with everyone else but hung in as best it could.
“The course was wet and it was cold, but the course was in good shape,” Corum said, noting that players were allowed to play with lift, clean and place rules in effect. “With the wetness and the wind, it really made for difficult conditions.”
The other local player who finished inside of the top five was Clarksville’s Nick Cappola, whose father Mark is the pro at Wooded View and is the Generals’ head coach.
Cappola shot an 82, which tied him in fourth place with Brownstown’s Lance Hackman and one shot out of the medalist’s playoff.
“I think it was pretty predictable how the scoring went. Overall, the scoring was about how we thought it’d go,” Coach Cappola said. “It was pretty tough out there.”
T.J. Fraley and Reilly Gray led sixth-place Borden by each shooting a 100. Tyler Neal’s 91 paced seventh-place Eastern, Andrew Shawe shot a 97 for Charlestown, which finished seventh. Jayson Arell of Christian Academy finished the course in 96 shots.
PIONEERS FINISH THIRD, HORNETS SEVENTH AT SUNRISE
Providence shot a 364 and Henryville a 385 at Saturday’s Madison Shawe Invitational, which was won by Madison.
Max Leist led the Pioneers with a 36 and Luke Davidson had a Henryville-best 92 at Sunrise Golf Course. Madison’s Jordan Griffith won medalist honors with a par-72.
PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Sam Garr, Silver Creek
Garr won medalist honors and shot par with a 35 at Hidden Creek on Tuesday. Garr’s performance helped the Dragons to a score of 164, 25 points ahead of runner-up Charlestown in a three-way meet.
WEEK’S TOP PERFORMANCES
• Mitchell Allender, Providence: Allendar’s meet-best 36 helped the Pioneers edge Corydon Central 152-154 at Covered Bridge on Tuesday.
• Jayson Arrell, Christian Academy: Arrell shot a 37 to lead all golfers in the Warriors’ 204-223 win over Rock Creek on Monday.
• Luke Davidson, Henryville: Davidson had a match-best 40 on the par-40 Shadowood Course as Henryville defeated Trinity Lutheran 188-201 on Monday.
• Tony Wagoner III, Borden: Wagoner shot a 46 to pace the Braves in Thursday’s 192-197 loss to Lanesville at Old Capitol in Corydon.