Cats win again, but hunger still lingersJune 2, 2012
By JOANNE NORELL
Herald Sports Writer
JASPER — Ten minutes after the Jasper boys golf team claimed its fifth straight sectional title, Cam Weyer and Michael Bies grabbed a bucket of balls and headed toward the driving range.
The move was indicative of the attitude that the eighth-ranked Wildcats have carried all season: even at the peak, they’re still hungry for improvement.
Jasper topped the field Friday at Sultan’s Run Golf Course with a score of 296 — surpassing the goal of 303 coach Steve Milligan brought into the day — and moved on to Thursday’s regional at Country Oaks Golf Course in Montgomery. The Cats also boasted the day’s top two scorers in medalist Will Seger, who shot a 3-under par 69, and Dru Hein, who carded a 71.
“We’re not really flashy, not like the Indianapolis schools, but we have one of the best teams in the state, in my opinion,” Seger said. “We can go a long way as long as long as we do it as a team. We have great team chemistry and, as you can see, we have guys going to hit range balls and we won by (18) shots. They’re going out there to work and work hard.”
No. 11 Heritage Hills finished second with a score of 314, and Southridge, which had sophomore Tyler Gray finish third overall with a 73, also advanced with a 334. Springs Valley (344) and South Spencer (355) rounded out the top five and Crawford County (379), Perry Central (385), Orleans (388), Paoli (402), Tell City (429), Northeast Dubois (441), Forest Park (496) and Loogootee (514) completed the field.
The Cats blasted the competition despite what Hein referred to as an “up-and-down” round, especially on a difficult back nine. Ian Weyer fired a 75 while Bies registered an 81 and Cam Weyer shot an 86. Anyone else might be satisfied with those scores, but having already seen each of the Cats shoot better than 80 this season, the temporary backslide prompted the day’s extra session.
“That’s one of the things that’s key to improving,” Seger said. “In the same day as you screwed up or had a couple bad shots, you go out and practice those as you feel the same way in your body and feel just a little bit of a change.”
But it exceeded Milligan’s expectations, as he said, “I always put a score in my back pocket and they beat the score that I picked.”
“I think we played, pretty much, really solid,” Hein said. “My first six holes, especially, as a golfer you just know if it’s clicking, it’s clicking. There’s nothing you can do and I was just in my own little zone there for a little bit. Anything was possible.”
Seger and Hein each birdied three holes, with Seger delivering on Nos. 10, 11 and 14 and Hein battling back from two bogeys with birdies on Nos. 4, 6 and 18.
Heritage Hills coach Marc Schum wasn’t as pleased with the Pats’ day as he called their round “below average” due to a slow start on a cold and rainy morning. He saw an uptick toward the middle of the round but an average finish left a sour taste as Heritage Hills hoped to provide Jasper with more of a challenge.
Still, the Pats had three golfers break 80 as Preston Van Winkle paced the team with a 76, Nick Teaford notched a 77 and Travis Waninger checked in at 78. Cody Van Winkle shot an 83 and Sam Collins scored a 94.
“We definitely knew it was the goal to get out (to regional), first of all, and we accomplished that,” Schum said. “We certainly wanted to make a better run at the title, which we didn’t do.
“I think we had more nerves that we needed to have. I just think we got behind the eight-ball early and just couldn’t recover. (We’re) just going to regroup and let them know that we did advance and we can forget about this round and move onto the next.”
Southridge advanced to its first regional since placing second in sectional in 2008, and the Raiders left much more satisfied than the last time they competed at Sultan’s Run. Southridge tallied a team score of 364 at the Wildcat Invitational on May 5, so coach Brock Matthews was pleased to see much more steady play up and down the lineup.
“I knew the boys would play better today; they’ve been working pretty hard,” Matthews said. “I’ve just been waiting for a day like today where we had four golfers play well at the same time and that’s what the team part of this is all about.”
Following Gray, Beau Schneider shot a 78 and Bryce Kilian (91), Ian Matheis (92) and Trey Reese (98) rounded out the Raider scoring.
Gray said the Raiders knew that advancing was a possibility, but not something they banked on. They hadn’t beaten Springs Valley in two tries this spring, so it was that much more satisfying to see everything come together.
“I think we just want to have fun,” Gray said of advancing to regional. “We don’t get there that often, so just make the most of it.”
Northeast Dubois had one golfer break 100 as Anders Holm recorded a 99 for the Jeeps and Forest Park’s top finisher was Drew Weyer, who fired a 109.
Contact Joanne Norell at email@example.com.
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