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Crawford County’s Tyler Wyman blasts his way out of a bunker during the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference match on Memorial Day. The Wolfpack came up four shots short of a title, as Springs Valley won the match. Photo by Wade Bell

Springs Valley wins PLAC golf tourney

June 09, 2010
The host Springs Valley Blackhawks golf team got the boost it needed from its No. 5 player to win the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference golf championship at the Donald Ross Golf Course at French Lick on Memorial Day, finishing just ahead of second-place Crawford County. One thing all the players and those watching agreed on was that the course played extremely tough.

"I don't think anybody played up to their potential today," Springs Valley coach Dave Harner said. "I think it was the highest conference score we've had in a while, but the way I set the golf course up for tournaments, I set it up where if you miss the green on the side of the green where the pin is, it's hard to make par. If you shoot at the pin and you miss, you don't make par. If you shoot it at the middle of the green, you can shoot awful well on this golf course. They were just going at the pin a little too much."

Harner said he didn't have complete control of the pin placements because of an upcoming Professional Golf Association tournament at the course.

"They were tough," he admitted. "We're on a moratorium on some locations because of the PGA tournament. They don't want us to put it in certain places, so that's why we had some funny pins, because we're saving areas according to that thing. That's why there were some funny ones."

Some of the players said the placements were more wicked than funny.

"They were, and the pin placements on the front didn't help, but I putted really well and got lucky on some," said Crawford County's Austin Key, the team's No. 5 player who came in as No. 1 with a 79. "Luck definitely helps. The second par-3, the hole was up on the front on the tier, and that got me one stroke there on a putt. Then No. 8, the par-4, the back left, was tough. I just got really lucky that I missed left and chipped up. Those two were definitely not good pin placements."

"I saw more three-putts and four-putts than I've seen in my life," Crawford County coach Jeff Crecelius said. "The course played short today, but they had the pins set hard. No. 2 was in a tough spot. I saw a lot of four-putts there. I watched kids on (No. 7) four-putt it like crazy. It was just a tough day on the greens."

Clay Orr was the Blackhawks' No. 5 player, but he came in as the team's No. 1 with an 81. Orr finished off his last hole with an 18-foot putt to seal the deal.

"I was a little nervous about it, but I hit it and everything went pretty good," said Orr, who didn't know the match was coming down to his score. "I had no clue. I just figured to stay calm and hit the putts."

"The guy that worked the hardest in the last 24 hours probably won this for us," Harner said of Orr. "He's been on the driving range almost constantly the last two days. He did a great job."

The Wolfpack finished second as a team, four shots behind Valley with a 345 total score. Mitchell also had a 345, but Bryant Mortenson's fifth-man score of 95 bettered Ryan Smith's fifth-man score of 99.

"Just a little bit short today," Crecelius said. "We got off to a good start. Jarret (Denzinger) got off to a good start. Andrew (Curl) got off to a really good start. Austin Key) played well. Tyler Wyman really struggled on the front. It basically got down there to the end who was going to win. It came down to the last man."

Wyman may have had the best comeback of the day. He shot a 54 on the front nine and a 38 on the back nine to finish with a 92.

"I'm really proud of Tyler Wyman after the 54 on the front to come back and shoot 38," Crecelius said. "To get a 92 out of that was really good for us. He kept his head. He dug in a little bit, and we needed that."

Mitchell's Chad Phillips won medalist honors with a low score of 78, bettering Perry Central's Charlie Weatherholt, who also finished with a 78, in a one-hole play-off round. Others finishing on the All-PLAC team were West Washington's Keagan Sorg (79), Crawford County's Austin Key (79) and Jarret Denzinger (82), Paoli's Cody Baker (80) and Griffen Brown (81) and Valley's Clay Orr (81) and Ethan Galloway (82).

"I had two kids make all-conference," Crecelius said. "Jarret played well. I think Jarret would have like to have played a little better, but, all in all, it wasn't terrible."

"Austin had a big day," he said. "He had a bad break on No. 7. He had about a three-footer for birdie and walked off with a double (bogey), four-putt. He put it in one spot three foot right behind the hole. It was either going to go in or it was going to be a three-putt."

Key said his coach kept telling him to keep playing tough.

"He was just saying to keep grinding it out," Key said. "On hole 7, I took a double bogey there, which I wasn't too disappointed with because I thought that pin placement was pretty difficult, too. The main thing he was saying was keep my head up and not let certain holes bother me and just keep going on strong."

"All in all, I'm a little disappointed in our overall play," Crecelius said, "but I'm proud of our kids the way they dug down and finished it out."

Springs Valley 341

(Clay Orr 81, Ethan Galloway 82, Chance Kellems 89, Daniel Mills 89)

Crawford County 345

(Austin Key 79, Jarret Denzinger 82, Andrew Curl 92, Tyler Wyman 92, Bryant Mortenson 95)

Mitchell 345

(Chad Phillips 78, Taylor Phillips 87, Jimmy Bales 87, Andy Bales 93, Ryan Smith 99)

West Washington 352

(Keagan Sorg 79, Cade Powers 86, Trevor Nice 92, Brady Millholland 94)

Paoli 356

(Cody Baker 80, Griffen Brown 81, Cody Raymer 97, Matt Wolfe 98)

Perry Central 359

(Charlie Weatherholt 78, Brad Douglas 91, Logan Shearn 93, Jon Flamion 97)

Orleans 708

(Alex Newlin 83, Connor Hammon 103, Jacob Lindley 109, Austin Holland 113)

Medalist-Chad Phillips (M) 78

All-Conference-Charlie Weatherholt (PC) 78, Keagan Sorg (WW) 79, Austin Key (CC) 79, Cody Baker (P) 80, Griffen Brown (P) 81, Clay Orr (SV) 81, Ethan Galloway (SV) 82, Jarret Denzigner (CC) 82

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