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Denzinger comes up short at regional

Paoli's Brown 4 shots short of state cut

June 16, 2010
Crawford County's Jarret Denzinger saw his high school golf career come to an end Thursday afternoon at the Montgomery golf regional at Country Oaks Golf Course. The Paoli Rams also came up short despite a solid round by No. 1 Griffen Brown, who finished four shots short of the cut for the state final.

"I was hoping for better than a 75," said Denzinger after he finished with an 84 for the day. "It should have been a lot better. I just didn't hit any putts today. I played English (Golf Course) Tuesday and Wednesday, and I think I adjusted to those greens more than I did these. Whenever I came back, I was jerking a lot of my putts instead of just swinging smooth. I hit a lot of them too far off, and I hit a lot of three-putts."

Crawford County’s Jarret Denzinger looked over his putt on the last green of his high school career at the Montgomery regional. Denzinger finished with an 84 for the day. “I just didn't hit any putts today,” he said. Photos by Wade Bell
Denzinger's day didn't start well with two bogeys to begin the round. The Crawford senior had no problem with his tee shots, hitting far longer than his two group partners. It was after that where Denzinger saw his problems begin.

"I hit the ball really well," he said. "Everything else except putting I practiced in the practice round ... I putted everything good. My longer putts hurt me. Other than that, I played well."

"He had a pretty good ball-striking day," said Crawford coach Jeff Crecelius. "He put the ball on the wrong spots on the greens quite a few times. To say the least, he didn't putt his best. He had 41 putts. To shoot 84 and have 41 putts, that's a lot of putts."

Denzinger said his practice round two days before went well and gave him confidence that he could have a good day.

"I started hitting my driver again, and I hadn't hit my driver for the last two weeks," he said. "I came out here, and I hit it good and that helps because, when I hit a 3-wood on this course, it hits a lot longer. Some of the holes I hit the longer irons and it helps me score better."

Paoli’s Griffen Brown watched this chip fly toward the pin on the 17th hole at the Country Oaks Golf Course in the Montgomery regional. Brown finished with a 78, four shots out of a state finals berth.
In the end, however, Denzinger's short game escaped him.

"I wanted to make it to state. It would have been my first time. I've made the regional three times. I missed state by one my freshman year," he said. "I would have been the first Crawford golfer to go to state, so it would have been nice. I don't have any regrets playing. I had fun. My teammates were a blast to play with. It makes it a lot better."

"Jarret has played well for us," Crecelius said. "For four years, two conference championships, all-conference three times, regional qualifier three times. He's played well. He didn't play well today, but he has played well throughout his career."

Paoli's Griffen Brown was another who had high hopes of making it to state. Brown had a shaky start on his first hole then recomposed himself for the next five holes. The next three, however, unraveled, pushing the senior farther back than he wanted. The big thing missing from Brown's day was birdies.

"I had three straight bogeys that really killed me," said Brown, who has signed to play golf for division one Austin Peay University. "I had six bogeys and 12 pars. No birdies, that's not really characteristic of me. I made a few birdies every once in a while. I had plenty of chances. I had a couple of bad shots."

The Rams finished well back as a team with a total score of 352. Behind Brown were Matt Wolfe (90), Cody Raymer (90), Cody Baker (94) and Adam Noah (94).

"The pins were ridiculous today," Brown said. "They were so hard. Everything was tucked and in a lot of danger. They made it a lot harder ... The rough is kind of long, so it's hard to get any touch on shots to make them spin, which makes it really tougher, especially around the greens. That's one of the things that killed me."

"The greens were firmer than I've ever seen them here," Crecelius said. "You needed to really hit some good, quality iron shots. (Denzinger) hit good iron shots but he caught some fliers today. For example, he hit a really good shot in No. 9 and the ball hits in the center of the green and it releases all the way back to the fringe, which he did up and down for par."

The Wolfpack looks to have a good nucleus coming back for next season with Austin Key, Tyler Wyman and incoming freshman Jordan Griffith. Crecelius said, however, the team will need a solid fourth and fifth member to fill the shoes of those who left to graduation.

"What we're going to need is some of our other kids that played at the (junior varsity) level to play No. 5, 6, and 7 for us," said the Crawford coach.

"We need someone to break out of the pack for that fourth and fifth spot. I think one through three and even four will be all right. But if we get someone to break out over the summer and really separate themselves and improve, I think we could have a really good year next year."

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