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May 16, 2013

CONFERENCE GOLF PREVIEW: No. 7 Highlanders looking to repeat as HHC champions on Saturday

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Each season, the Floyd Central boys’ golf team has its sights set on one particular time of the year — the postseason.

And there is one tournament that the Highlanders focus on in order to build some momentum heading into the state tournament.

That event is the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament, which will take place on Saturday at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour. Seventh-ranked Floyd Central is the defending HHC champions.

“Anytime you get a win, especially in the conference meet, it should help with your confidence [entering the postseason],” Highlanders’ coach Mike Cason said. “We’ve played a lot better the last couple of weeks, so I think we have a good chance to win.”

Cason likes the way his team has been playing as of late. Last weekend, Floyd Central finished second in the Sollman Invitational at The Trophy Club in Lebanon. The Highlanders were one of eight teams currently ranked in the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association poll to compete in the tourney.

Floyd Central shot a team score of 303, five shots behind invitational winner and top-ranked Columbus North (298).

Four Highlanders shot scores in the 70s. Junior Jack Sparrow led Floyd Central with a 73, followed by senior Alex Beyer with a 75. Seniors Devin Jenkins and Daniel Shepard fired a 77 and 78, respectively.

“We’re playing a lot better than at the beginning of the season,” Cason said. “We have three seniors who are our top three players right now. I think we’re on a pretty good roll.”

The Highlanders played in a triangular meet at Shadowood on May 7 against Jennings County and Seymour. Floyd Central won the meet with a team score of 152. Jenkins earned medalist honors with a 35, while Beyer, Shepard and junior Connor Welch each shot a 39.

Cason enjoys seeing his team play at the par-72, 6,709-yard course.

“It’s in real nice shape,” Cason said. “It’s a nice course and a thinking man’s course. I think we’ll do fine.”

Cason expects Madison to provide the Highlanders the toughest competition on Saturday. The Cubs nipped Floyd Central by one stroke to win the season-opening Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational on March 30 at Covered Bridge Golf Club.

“Madison is the only team I’ve seen this year that can match us,” Cason said.

New Albany and Jeffersonville also will be competing in the HHC Tournament on Saturday.

The Bulldogs finished second in the Southern Indiana Open at Hidden Creek Golf Club in Sellersburg last Saturday, firing a 334. Garrett Arnold paced New Albany with a 78, while teammate Kunal Khanushali had an 84.

The Red Devils were third in the Southern Indiana Open with a 338. Senior Jordan Lacy and junior Dillon Willis each led Jeff with an 81.

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