Northview's Josh Conway muscles his way out of a fairway bunker during a Wednesday contest against Terre Haute South. Conway shot a solid 40 on the afternoon.
The soggy weather Brazil has experienced in the past few weeks left the Northview Men's golf team unprepared for the conditions at Terre Haute's Rea Park Golf Course.
"The greens (at Rea Park) are hard and fast," said Knights Coach Scott Buell. "We're not used to that because ours have been soft all spring."
Of course, it didn't help that Northview was up against one of the most successful high school golf programs in Indiana history Wednesday.
Terre Haute South's top four finishers undercut the Knights by 11 strokes (148-159), handing Northview a loss in its first dual meet of the season. The match was played just days after South topped the Knights by 14 strokes to win their third straight Northview Invitational in Brazil Saturday.
The handy victory was par for the course for the Braves, who captured sectional championships each of the past two years and advanced to the state team finals in '04. Terre Haute South holds 17 sectional crowns in golf, the twelfth most of any school in the state.
The Northview loss wasn't without its share of bright spots. Kyle Kumpf led the way for the Knights, turning in a nine-hole score of 39. Buell also saw strong performances from Josh Conway (40), Clint Grey (40) and Byron Felchlia (41).
But Northview's top two players, number-one Adam Thiemann and number-two Kade Baker, both posted disappointing results, as neither was able to break 40 on the afternoon.
The Braves, on the other hand, saw six golfers shoot under 40-- to the Knights' one. South number-two Mark Metheny shot the low round of the match, turning in a 36.
Up next for Northview is this weekend's Legends of Indiana tournament in Franklin.