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The Donald Ross Golf Course at French Lick beat up on most of the golfers at the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference golf match. Jarret Denzinger got a dose of that as he chipped out of the rough on a bunker on the fifth hole. Photo by Wade Bell

Valley golfers end Crawford's hold on PLAC


June 10, 2009
The Springs Valley Blackhawks put an end to Crawford County's four-year hold on the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference golf tourney last Monday with an 8-stroke win. The win came a week later than the tournament was to be originally played, after heavy thunderstorms put an end to the meet on Memorial Day.

"We were consistent," Crawford coach Jeff (Pete) Crecelius said. "The kids fought hard on the back (nine). I'm proud of the kids the way they held it together on the back. If you ask each one of them, they'll tell you they could have shot a little better. Realistically, they probably could have."

"We lost a heartbreaker last year," Valley coach Dave Harner said. "We were tied and lost on the fifth man. Having that course there in English has made that group in Crawford County, and I'm glad the kids take an interest. The parents take an interest. It's special to see in those small communities just like here. I'm just happy for both teams."

During the Memorial Day start, the Wolfpack had gotten out to more than a 10-stroke lead. That wasn't the case this time, as Crawford got behind early, struggling from the first tee shot. Meanwhile, two Valley players were having the rounds of their lives.

"We just got off to a rough start," Crecelius said. "We held our own on the back. We were down nine at the turn, picked up a stroke on the back, but the (Ethan) Galloway kid just shot the lights out today. Calvin Brace, their number five, shot a 77. That threw a dagger in us."

While most of the conference golfers struggled in either the rough or on the super fast greens, Galloway was indeed having a good day. Galloway shot an even par 70 for the low score of the day on the tough, hilly Donald Ross Golf Course.

"I just played out of my mind today," Galloway said. "I was playing the best I have in years. It was just a great round."

Galloway shot 36 on the front nine then came back on the final nine holes with a 34 to win individually by seven strokes over teammate Brace.

"I was two under going into No. 7," Galloway said. "I ended up taking a bogey. On six, I took a nasty double bogey and parred for a 36. On the back nine, I was just up and down. I was thinking birdie putts and parring out, so it was a pretty good round."

"This is my ninth year to host the conference, and I think the best score we'd ever had was 74," Harner said. "That was back before we toughened up the course. With the greens out there today, they were putting super fast. The pins were in fair positions but, unfortunately, if you got in in the wrong spot, you didn't have a chance to make par. There were some really good players today that didn't play very well."

"This is just a course where you have got to put the ball in the right position on the greens or you're going to struggle," Crecelius said. "You're going to have lots of three-putts. You have to manage your game here. Hit the fairways, hit the greens, but, more importantly, hit the ball below the hole."

"Evidently, we kept it above the hole a little too much today," he said. "You could be aggressive uphill. This is a course that any downhill putt you have to putt defensively, whether it's for birdie, for par or for bogey. You have to putt defensive because this place will bite you."

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Team scores: Springs Valley 331 (Galloway 70, Brace 77, Meehan 91, Mills 93); Crawford County 339 (Denzinger 83, Curl 83, Key 86, Griffith 87); West Washington 364 (Sorg 85, Mauck 89, Nice 91, Rosenbaum 95); Paoli 372 (Brown 86, Raymer 91, Noah 92, Lambdin 103); Perry Central 387 (Weatherholt 91, Graves 92, Shearn 96, Douglas 108, Flamion 108); Mitchell 401 (Bales 86, Karr 96, Blondell 107, Henderson 112); Orleans 452 (Craig 85, Hammond 111, Lindley 124, Goen 132)

Medalist - Ethan Galloway (SV) 70

Other All-Conference - Calivin Brace (SV) 77, Jarret Denzinger (CC) 83, Andrew Curl (CC) 83, Quentin Craig (O) 85, Keagan Sorg (WW) 85, Austin Key (CC) 86, Jimmy Bales (M), Griffen Brown (Pa) 86

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