Times Sports Editor
Course conditions were a tad soggy at Forest Park Golf Course as the Riddell National Bank Northview Invitational was contested on Saturday afternoon.
Following cold, rainy conditions that fell over the area on Thursday and Friday, Saturday's tourney was played under sunny, though cool temperatures.
Though the course was waterlogged in some spots, a number of golfers went pretty low in the scoring column led by Edgewood's Harrison Carmichael.
The Mustang golfer scored a 33 on the front nine to lead his team's assault on the course with a team tally of just 141. On the back nine, Carmichael stayed consistent enough to post a 34 and close out his round, which was just two strokes off the invitational record.
Carmichael wasn't the only Mustang to have a good round, he was joined by Josiah Ashba's 71 and a 72 from Mitch Oard. Kyle Pace's 79 wrapped up a team score of 289, which was just one stroke off the record held by Terre Haute South.
"Edgewood just played unbelievable," Northview coach Scott Buell said. "I've told the team before that Edgewood is going to be the team that we have to compete with in the conference. We're going to see Terre Haute South a few times too and they'll be in our sectional."
The Braves were missing a couple of projected varsity starters, but were still able to score well enough to claim the runner-up team spot from the Knights via a fifth players' score.
South got a 70 from Zach Hosking and a 72 from Thomas Goss to push the team to a 303, the same score as Northview.
The Knights were paced by a 73 from senior Kade Baker and a 76 from Ryan Turner. Drew Snyder and Daniel Eaglin each claimed a 77 followed by an 86 by sophomore Josh Hoskins.
The Braves' got an 82 from both Cory Gertz and Brock Welch, which enabled South to take the second spot.
After the tourney, Buell was pleased with his team's performance if just a bit disappointed.
"Overall I was very pleased," Buell said. "We had four scores in the 70's, which tells you that your playing well, but our goal was to win."
"We weren't at full strength, but we played without Austin's score in practice the other day and shot a 296," Buell said. "We've got a lot of depth and it's the first tournament so maybe we had some guys that were nervous."
The depth of the Northview program was illustrated by the 'B' team, which placed eighth and got rounds of 79 from Jarrod Short and an 80 from Byron Felchlia. Brad Smith added an 81 followed by an 85 from Jacob Musgrave and an 89 from Mason Short.
The Clay City Eels have just two of their regulars back from last season and both were in action on Saturday.
Zach Boggs led the squad with an 82 while Braxton Griffith carded a 93 for the Eels. Austin Sinders shot a 92 followed by a 99 from Nick Johnson and a 106 from Darius Farmer.
Linton senior Jordan Bradbury carded a round of 70 to finish in third-place behind Edgewood's Josiah Ashba while the Braves' Hosking matched the 70. South Vermillion sophomore, Brandon Bekkering, who qualified for the regional last season as a freshman, shot a 72 along with the Braves' Goss and Edgewood's Mitch Oard.
The Knights are back in action on April 15 when they host Terre Haute South at Forest Park.
Riddell National Bank Northview Invitational
At Forest Park Golf Course
Team scores: Edgewood 289, T.H. South 303*, Northview 'A' 303, Turkey Run 308, Greencastle 322, South Vermillion 324, T.H. North 325, Northview 'B' 325, Linton 325, Cloverdale 350, Sullivan 359, Clay City 366.
* - Placed second due to better fifth score.
1. Harrison Carmichael (EW) 67, Josiah Ashba (EW) 71, Jordan Bradbury (Ln) 70, Zach Hosking (THS) 70, Brandon Bekkering (SV) 72, Thomas Goss (THS) 72, Mitch Oard (EW) 72, Kade Baker (Nv) 73, Brad Haussin (GC) 75, Chris Arnold (CL) 75, Eric Newton (TR) 75
Harrison Carmichael 67, Josiah Ashba 71, Mitch Oard 72, Kyle Pace 79, Jackson Cowden 81.
T.H. South (303)
Zach Hosking 70, Thomas Goss 72, Shelby Stewart 79, Brock Welch 82, Cory Gertz 82
Kade Baker 73, Ryan Turner 76, Drew Snyder 77, Daniel Eaglin 77, Josh Hoskins 86
Turkey Run (308)
Eric Newton 75, Austin Cook 77, Jason Millikan 78, Nathan Smith 78, Jarrod Wrightsman 89
Brad Haussin 75, Luke Crimmins 82, Jimmy Wheeler 82, Wade Huber 83, Tyler Hopkins 85
South Vermillion (324)
Brandon Bekkering (72, Jordan Lowry 75, Spencer Dunham 86, Logan Burdick 91, Jordan Sadduth 91
T.H. North (325)
Will Pollock 77, James Kaperak 80, Walker Smith 80, Ryan Snedon 88, Nick Parham 89
Northview 'B' (325)
Jarrod Short 79, Byron Felchlia 80, Brad Smith 81, Jacob Musgrave 85, Mason Short 89
Jordan Bradbury 70, Chase Rhoten 85, Derrick Barker 85, Stefan Sparks 90, Luke Jerrels 97
Chris Arnold 75, Mike Wellington 88, Keith Hathorn 89, Gary Williams 98, Sam Jordan 102
Derek Andre 83, Matthew Sheffler 90, John Gilham 92, Dreyson Boyd 94, Jordan Gilbert 96
Clay City (366)
Zach Boggs 82, Austin Sinders 92, Braxton Griffith 93, Nick Johnson 99, Darius Farmer 106