County golf get an early look at SAC at Southmont Invitation

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County golf teams get an early look at SAC in the Southmont Invitation

Codey Emerson

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All three Montgomery County boys golf teams got a taste of early season competition, not only in the county race, but also at the Sagamore Conference on Saturday when Southmont hosted its annual Southmont Golf Invitational at Crawfordsville Country Club. Crawfordsville, Southmont and North Montgomery, along with Fountain Central, all had good performances.

The Athenians placed third overall with a 365, North Montgomery placed fifth with a 374, Fountain Central placed three strokes behind the Chargers with a 377 and Southmont three strokes behind the Mustangs with a 380. Tri-West was able to capture the title as the Browns. shot a 328 and Danville was second with 345.

Crawfordsville was led by Tanner Gilland’s 84 and Thomas Bowling’s personal best of 89. Braxton Smith carded a 90, Camden Dowden a 102 and Henry Hoar rounded out the scoring with a 109. The 365 was 29 strokes better for CHS than in their first 18 strokes . -hole meet of the season at the Danville Invitation last Saturday.

“The conditions weren’t great with the cold and wind, but everyone had to deal with that today so we can’t use that as an excuse,” Cville coach Tom Perkins noted. “Tanner had a bad day and had a difficult start, but recovered well. I have to give Thomas Bowling a lot of credit for having the best round of his career. That’s a score he can make. All of our guys are capable of shooting better than what they were doing, but to still be able to shoot a 365, I’m really happy with where we are this early in the year.”

The low score among the county schools belonged to Chargers Neal Jeffery, who shot an 80. Alex Chapman’s 91 was second for the Chargers. Beckett Martin finished with 100, Rohen Barnes 103 and Jackson Grundy finished with a 109. Charger coach Bob Ryker was not available for comment after the game.

Southmont was led by Austin Foley’s 82, while Cole Rhoads carded a 98. Both Jacob Fox and Jesse Smith finished with 100s. The 380 for the Mounties was a drastic improvement from their first 18-hole match of the season when they shot a 433 at the Clinton Central Invitation.

“We’re 53 shots better than we were two weeks ago,” Mountie coach Bill Whalen said with a grin. “Austin’s score of 82 was him shooting a 46 on the front, instead of playing what we expect from him with a 36 on the back. We know we’re working with pretty much a brand new lineup and I’m happy to take a 380 today. These guys are willing to practice hard work and are doing their best so far. That’s all I can really ask for.”

Both Perkins and Whalen also noted that the meet was great to see the competition they will see with County and Conference later in the season.

“Everyone but Lebanon is here today, so we got a good look at the rest of the field,” Perkins said. “We really enjoy coming to this tournament because it is fun. I think our children are more relaxed. They know the course and they know the kids they are competing against. That allows them to bring a lot of energy to the court and I was proud of them for the way they played.”

Whalen spoke similarly to Perkins, while also tipping his cap to the Bruins for their first-place finish.

“Tri-West is by far the cream of the crop in the conference this year and they proved that today,” Whalen said of the Bruins. “Danville posted a 345 and that’s a great score. After that, I don’t think anyone really knows. It will depend on who participates and who does not.”

Fountain Central was led by Wes Jackson’s 80. Jaylin Payne finished with a 97, while both Kam Krug and Ayden Donaldson shot 100s.