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Crawford's Griffith wins Jasper sectional


June 10, 2009
Crawford County's Ryan Griffith got his first golf sectional victory Friday afternoon with a score of 72 at the Jasper Municipal Golf Course. Teammate Jarret Denzinger also qualified for regional tomorrow (Thursday) at Country Oaks Golf Course in Montgomery in Daviess County as did Paoli's Griffen Brown.

"It was a real nice course, and a little wind picked up," Griffen said Sunday. "The course was wet, and, the way that course lays, it's easier, especially when you get on the back. It actually played to the players' advantage because where you hit the ball, it would stay there instead of get a bad bounce. It could roll off into the woods. That shows you how tight the back nine is."

Griffith shot the lights out on the front nine with a score of 33 then slipped back only slightly on the back nine for 39 to finish in the front position. The Crawford grad finished with three birdies and 12 pars, only two bogies and one double bogey.

"I just got off to a good start," he said. "I kind of got myself in trouble on the first couple of holes, but I got myself out and made a couple of pars. I parred my first five holes then finally found my first birdie on the sixth hole. On the seventh hole, I hit it on the back of the green and it was coming downhill. I ran about a 40-footer in for my second birdie."

Denzinger shot 38 on the front but struggled on the back nine, six-putting the final hole to finish with a 42 for an 80 for the day and a tie for fifth with Southridge's Nick Olinger. Jasper's Justin Leibering finished second with 76, and Heritage Hills Patriot Dillan Arnold was third with 77. Paoli's Griffen Brown was fourth for one of the regional spots, finishing with a 78.

"That will be good," Griffith said of Denzinger and Brown qualifying, "all three of us making it together."

As a team, the Wolfpack finished fourth with a total score of 327. Andrew Curl finished at 87, and Tyler Wyman and Austin Key both had 88s for the day. Jasper won the championship (322) with Springs Valley second (327) and Heritage Hills third (327), the positions decided by the fifth man.

"It came down to the fifth-man score with Valley and Heritage Hills," Griffith said. "Their fifth man shot an 87, and our fifth man shot an 88. It was one shot. That's as close as you can get ... I'm kind of disappointed because I'd like to see the other young guys on the team get to go and experience regional as well."

Griffith said he is familiar with the Country Oaks Course, having played there just a month ago. The Crawford grad said both the tee shots and the putts are important for that course.

"We play an invitational there every year," Griffith said. "It's real nice. The greens are a lot different. They're smaller and real fast. I kind of struggled at the invitational. I hit the ball real well up there; I just didn't putt very good. That's one thing that helped me during sectional, my putting. I think I'm ready to go."

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