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Curl second at Old Oakland

October 08, 2008
During the summer months, Brandon Curl works at Old Capital Golf Club. Needless to say, the Crawford County High School graduate knows a little about the Corydon course.

Last Tuesday, Curl returned with his college golf teammates at Indiana Tech to tackle his home course during the second Old Oakland Invitational. Curl pulled out a solid 18-hole round, finishing second overall with a 1-under par 71.

Crawford County graduates Brandon Curl, left, and Mikel Breeden plays alongside each other at a recent college golf tournament. (Photo by Brian Smith)
Curl wasn't the only familiar face strolling the 18. Oakland City, the tournament host, features Crawford County grad Mikel Breeden and North Harrison grad Ryan Boone. Breeden is in his senior season at Oakland City while Boone and Curl are sophomores.

Breeden put in a solid score on the front nine, coming in with a 40. However, the backside gave him problems, carding a 48 for an 88 overall.

Boone put in a consistent effort, carding an 83.

Curl stole the show. After going 1-over par on the front nine, Curl attacked the last nine holes, going 2-under. He finished with a 71, despite taking a double bogey on No. 18.

"I started the day slow and couldn't get any breaks," Curl said. "I went to the back nine trying to keep it under par. I did what I wanted to do despite the bad break on 18."

His round Tuesday is a reflection of his season so far he said.

"I started slow this year," Curl said. "But the last few tournaments I have played pretty well. That carried over to today. I came in one under and I am satisfied with it."

The local guys had an advantage over most of the competition – knowing the course. Curl said during the van ride from Fort Wayne, he went over each hole with teammates, telling them when to take risks and when not to. The advice led to the team's second-place finish.

Curl's Indiana Tech (Orange) team finished second with a 294. Spalding University took first with a 292. Scores were much lower in 2008 than they were a year ago. Last year, the lowest team score was 309 (Indiana Tech) and low individual shot 74.

The first-place finisher was Ben Carter from Spalding, who fired a 3-under par 69. Spalding also had the third-place finisher, David Huffman (72).

Mike Kasperski finished fourth from Indiana Tech (Orange) with an even par 72.

Oakland City finished third as a team with a 311. The team was led by a trio of golfers, Shawn Warner, Carter McDavid and Phillip Riggs, with 76s.

Indiana Tech (Black) finished fourth with a 316, followed by fifth-place finisher Hanover with a 331.

The Old Oakland Invitational also featured a women's event. Hanover finished first with a 341, followed by second-place finisher Oakland City (390).

Paige Schroeder was low medalist from Hanover with a 6-over par 78. Teammate Morrison Mims was second with an 86. Oakland City's Courtney McMillen was third with an 86.

Men's – 1. Spalding 292, 2. Indiana Tech (Orange) 294, 3. Oakland City 311, 4. Indiana Tech (Black) 316, 5. Hanover 331

Women's – 1. Hanover 341, 2. Oakland City 390

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