BY CLAY CUNNINGHAM
Times Staff Reporter
An improving Clay City golf team earned its second victory of the season Monday night, taking a 167-176 dual match victory over North Central.
Austin Sinders led the way for the Eels, shooting a 38, which tied for the match's best individual score. Nick Johnson was just one stroke off the pace with an impressive 39.
The Eels earned the win on a very sloppy Hoosier Hills Course, which was still feeling the effects of heavy weekend rainfall. Clay City assistant coach Josh Strain praised the play of Sinders and Johnson specifically, while also finding praise for their teammates as well.
"I thought we played very well," said Strain, who took over head coaching duties from Chris Ames, who missed the match due to a dentist appointment. "The course was really wet and I thought we did a good job playing through it."
Rounding out the scorecard for Clay City were Colten Dyer and Darius Farmer, who shot a 44 and 46 respectively. Koby Rhodes finished two strokes off the pace with a final score of 48.
The win moves Clay City to 2-3 on the season, and follows an impressive weekend showing when the Eels placed second in the six-team Tri-River Conference meet in Linton. Strain said the back-to-back high level performances are proof the team is showing considerable improvement as they move closer to postseason competition.
"Each of our players is improving his game," Strain said. "We're getting a lot better as a team."
The Eels return to action Thursday with a three-way home match against Linton and North Daviess. Tee-off is at 4:30 p.m.
Hoosier Hills Golf Course
North Central (176)
Caleb Girton 38, Brennea Crooks 43, Matt Hinesly 44, Chaz Childs 51, Culen Johnson 52, Bobby Stuckir 59
Clay City (167)
Austin Sinders 38, Nick Johnson 39, Colten Dyer 44, Darius Farmer 46, Koby Rhodes 48.