Times Staff Reporter
Despite playing without its three top players, the Northview golf team earned a decisive 158-183 win over Clay City on Thursday, giving them a boost heading into Saturday's WIC Tournament.
Coach Scott Buell said Daniel Eaglin, Josh Hoskins and Drew Snyder were all held out of Thursday's action to give them more time to mentally prepare for Saturday's match, and to give some inexperienced Knights the opportunity to play at the varsity level.
The Knights put forth some impressive scores, as Larry Knight and Jarrod Short led the pack, each shooting a 39, while Brad Smith and Josh Hoskins finished one stroke back at 40. Buell said he was anticipating slightly better scores from his players, but said he was mostly satisfied with the effort.
"I was sort of hoping for a better score, but overall we weren't bad," Buell said.
The Eels were also in preparation for their own conference tournament, the SWIAC meet at Linton on Saturday. The Eels were led by Nick Johnson's 44, while Austin Sinders and Colton Dyer tied for second with 46. Darius Farmer rounded out the Clay City top-four with 47.
The sluggish performance followed an even tougher outing Tuesday, where the Eels shot a 194 at Cloverdale.
Buell said his players have taken great strides in preparation for Saturday's match, including a "very good" practice session at the Brown County Salt Creek course last week. Buell said he saw a hunger in his team to bring home a conference title.
"We're close," Buell said when asked if his team was where it needed to be. "We're in pretty good mental shape right now, and I think we've got a good chance to win the tournament."
Ames said the biggest concern he has is his team's inability to play at a consistent level. He said he needed specific players to elevate their game to a more, steady pace, if they were going to accomplish their goal of placing in the top-three at the SWIAC meet.
"We've got to see more consistent play," Ames said. "We seem to have different players leading us every night, and we need our guys to step up."
At Forest Park Golf Course
Clay City (183)
Nick Johnson (44), Austin Sinders (46), Colton Dyer (46), Darius Farmer (47), Koby Rhodes (50), Rhet Bigger (51)
Jarrod Short (39), Larry Knight (39), Brad Smith (40), Josh Hoskins (40), Dylan Moore (41), Drew Atkinson (53)