Times Sports Editor
BRAZIL -- Unfamiliar conditions greeted high school golf teams competing in the Northview Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Sunny skies and warm weather gave golfers the chance to hit the links for 18 holes of tournament play. Amongst them were the host Knights and Clay City Eels getting their first competition in the books.
Fielding a pair of teams amongst the 12-team field, the Northview 'A' team came within a couple of breaks of taking home the title. But in the end, Terre Haute South left with the trophy once again with a team score of 304 that bested Edgewood's 306 and the Knights' 307.
"This was a learning experience," commented Eels' coach Chris Ames of his team which is replacing three members of its regional team from a year ago. "We'll go next week to Edgewood and then we'll get prepared for conference play."
Clay City was paced by Josh Strain's 78 and an 84 from Zach Boggs.
"I expect Josh will have a good season," said Ames of one of his experienced returnees. "Zach's got some varsity experience too."
Northview had some turnover as well with graduation and junior Austin Akers deciding to concentrate on AAU basketball.
Junior Kade Baker was one shot of the medalist score of 70 held by Edgewood's Harrison Carmichael and matched by South Vermillion's Brandon Bekkering.
Baker shot a 34 on the front nine and followed with a 37 on the back to end with a 71 overall.
Daniel Eaglin followed with a 77 with Jordan Gaskill scoring a 79 and Matt Williams posting a balanced score of 80 with a 40 on each nine holes. Drew Snyder carded an 89 for the Knights.
Northview coach Scott Buell admitted that his team faltered a bit on the second nine holes.
"We struggled a bit on the back," said the fifth-year Knights' coach. "We lose the tourney by three strokes. If one shot by each of our scoring players was different, we win. We need to get tougher mentally grinding it out shot by shot."
Ames agreed that he needed other members of his team to step forward and take charge of their rounds.
"We need other players to step up," said Ames. "Once we get that we'll be okay. We had three players who hadn't played in a tournament before. For two of them it is their first match."
Clay City got a round of 94 from first-year player Braxton Griffith. "Dale Stoops carded a 95 and Andy Schaffer shot a 103.
"We've got some good balance," said Ames of his team. "We had a couple of guys struggle a little bit, but it's still early."
Northview's next match is at Terre Haute South on Wednesday with the Eels heading to Rockville on Tuesday evening.
At Forest Park Golf Course
Team Scoring: T.H. South 304, Edgewood 306, Northview 'A' 307, South Vermillion 312, Turkey Run 320, Greencastle 329, Linton 329, T.H. North 330, Cloverdale 331, Northview 'B' 334, Clay City 351, Sullivan 363
1. Harrison Carmichael (EW) 70, 2. Bekkering (SV) 70, 3. Kade Baker (Nv) 71, 4. White (THS) 73, 5. Goss (THS) 75, 6 (tie). Myers (THS) 76, 6 (tie) Callahan (THN) 76, 6 (tie). Ryan Turner (Nv) 76, 8. Smith (TR) 77, 9 (tie). Fritch (Ln) 77, 9 (tie). Ashba (Ew) 77, 9 (tie). Daniel Eaglin (Nv) 77.
T.H. South (304)
White 73, Goss 75, Myers 76, Hosking 80, Harman 80
Carmichael 70, Ashba 77, Oard 78, Pace 81, Ackerman 99
Northview 'A' (307)
Kade Baker 71, Daniel Eaglin 77, Jordan Gaskill 79, Matt Williams 80, Drew Snyder 89
Bekkering 70, Lowry 80, Burdick 81, Dunham 81, Pershbacher 95
Turkey Run (320)
Smith 77, Cook 79, Millikan 81, Wrightsman 83, Newton 85
Luke Crimmins 78, Eric Davis 80, Jim Wheeler 84, Jacob Collins 84, Nick Pritchard 84
Fritch 77, George 80, Bradbury 80, Barker 92, Stefancik 93
T.H. North (330)
Callahan 76, Anderson 82, Kaperak 85, Maxwell 87, Valentine 95
Mike Wellington 83, Michael Glassburn 85, Sean Rhine 85, Chris Arnold 88, Keith Mathorn 105
Northview 'B' (334)
Ryan Turner 76, Jacob Musgrave 83, Josh Hoskins 85, Jarrod Short 90, Brad Smith 92
Clay City (351)
Josh Strain 78, Zach Boggs 84, Braxton Griffith 94, Dale Stoops 95, Andy Schaffer 103
Alumbaugh 88, Gilham 88, Doffing 91, Barr 96, Shefler 103