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Crawford County’s Andrew Curl watches his chip shot head toward the pin during the Early Bird Tournament Saturday morning in English. Curl had to settle for a three-way tie for second place, but the Wolfpack came out with the team win. Photo by Wade Bell

Crawford swings to Early Bird win


April 14, 2010
After struggling against Floyd Central and Lanesville just two days before, the Crawford County Wolfpack boys' golf team bounced back to win its own Early Bird Tournament Saturday at the Old English Golf Course.

"We got off to a pretty rough start Thursday over at a match at Old Capitol, where we had played about as poor as we could play," Crawford County coach Jeff Crecelius said. "We saw a lot of heads hanging low and a lot of shoulders shrugging."

"Even though we won today, I was more proud of the kids the way they acted and conducted themselves," he said. "We got off to some rough starts, but the whole group, one through nine, overall played well, and I couldn't be more pleased."

The course started out wet with a heavy morning dew along with light frost in some areas. Despite a wetter than normal winter, the course was found to be firm and fast.

"It's starting to firm up," Crawford County senior Andrew Curl said. "The Bermuda (grass) is starting to come up in the fairways and the greens are in really good shape. … The greens got faster as the sun came out. It dried out within the first two holes when it really warmed up."

"It's dried out tremendously over the last couple of weeks just with the wind," Crecelius said. "In practice this week, we knew that the greens were going to be firm. That was an advantage for us playing here, even though some of the other teams had come in and practiced. We had anticipated it being pretty firm, and I think we dealt with it pretty good."

Curl led the way for Crawford County, finishing with a 39 for the day. Jarret Denzinger and Austin Key finished with 41's, and Tyler Wyman rounded out the team score with a 44 for the nine holes.

"Jarret was struggling in holding the greens, but after he played three or four holes, he started landing the ball short and letting it run up and just managed the course," Crecelius said. "In this game, you have to be able to manage every hole. Every hole is different. Every shot is different. We just did a much better job as a whole today."

Crecelius said the difference between Thursday's round and Saturday's was simply a change in attitudes.

"Not letting things get to them," he said. "They just put their heads down and kept grinding. The one thing I tried to let the kids know is when you're out there playing on, if a person is watching them, you shouldn't be able to tell whether they're shooting 35 or 55. Today, they did a very good job of that."

Forest Parks's Bryce Nord topped all players with a medalist round of 37. Nord said he struggled on his second shots but worked to save par on most of his holes.

"I had a few problems with my irons," he said. "I was just really hitting my putts and saving for pars a lot."

Nord said he is hoping the early win will boost his confidence for the end of May.

"It will give me confidence really throughout the season," he said. "I just want to make it out of sectional because the last two years I've missed it by one stroke."

Curl also is looking to improve with his irons and second shots.

"I gave away several shots, but I got lucky on a couple, too," he said. "My irons, I definitely need to improve on, probably my second shots. I hit a lot of greens today, but I've struggled most of the year with it. I putted really good today. I had four one-putts. Anything out about six feet I hit today."

"They just managed their game," Crecelius said. "They played more for the team instead of trying to hit miracle shots. They played for bogies whenever they hit it in trouble. The whole group, as a whole, did an excellent job of that. We kept away from the huge numbers even though we started out with a few."

"Our No. 1 goal now is we don't want to be playing our best golf today," he said. "We want to be playing our best golf come the end of May, for our conference and our sectional. With the group of kids we have now, there's no reason, if we put forth the effort, we shouldn't compete for our conference and, honestly, should compete for the sectional. I know Jasper will be a heavy favorite, but if our kids do what I think they're capable of doing, we'll be right in there, as well."

Photo gallery

Crawford County Orange 165

(Curl 39, Denzinger 41, Key 41, Wyman 44)

Springs Valley Black 174

(Galloway 39, Orr 44, Kellams 45, Mills 46)

Paoli 180

(Brown 41, Raymer 43, Baker 46, Noah 50)

Perry Central Green 181

(Weatherholt 39, Shearn 44, Flamion 49, Douglas 49)

Forest Park 188

(Nord 37*, Allen 49, Weyer 51, Grumbhoefer 51)

Springs Valley Gold 189

(Woolsey 43, Crow 44, Ragains 49, Fraze 53, Burton 53)

Crawford County Brown 195

(Ransdell 41, Knieriem 50, Ribbell 52, Colin 52)

Lanesville 210

(Engel 43, Glomb 48, Wells 55, Herrington 64)

Tell City 218

(Bolin 46, Ward 54, Wood 57, Watts 61)

Perry Central White 236

(Bashor 58, Rogier 58, Carter 59, Hirsch 61)

South Central 242

(Laclair 49, Parish 58, Kelly 64, Eblin 71)

Northeast Dubois 245

(Spooner 48, Prechtel 59, Seifert 61, Hart 77)

*Medalist

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