June 06, 2012On a day where temperatures climbed to 95 degrees and the heat index hovered at 100, the Mitchell Bluejackets earned a Patoka Lake Athletic Conference championship on the Donald Ross Golf Course at French Lick on Memorial Day afternoon, finishing just two strikes ahead of runner-up Springs Valley. Paoli was third with Crawford County finishing fourth and Perry Central fifth. West Washington and Orleans took the final two spots.
"Not the greatest of days, but, considering how we've played over the past few weeks, I am very pleased," Crawford County coach Jeff Crecelius said of the Wolfpack's finish. "We've been up here before when we thought we didn't have a chance and won it a couple of times, and we've been up here where we should have won it and didn't win it."
Springs Valley's Ethan Galloway won medalist honors with a 78 on the par-70 course. Galloway had a couple of problems on the front nine with a 41 but came back strong on the back nine, shooting a 37.
"It was a day of ups and downs," Galloway said. "It seemed like as soon as something got going it would slow down a little bit then it finally picked back up. But I'm glad with the way I finished."
Paoli's Logan Andis and West Washington's Brady Millholland tied for second with 80s. Millholland said the heat was a big factor in his play.
"My hands slipped off the clubs a couple of times," Millholland said. "That was my bad shots. That heat was definitely a factor today."
Andis and Crawford County's Austin Key were both in contention for medalist honors going into the last hole. The 18th, however, turned out to be a dragon for both players, keeping the pair out of the top spot.
"I let it all get away from me on the last hole," Andis said. "Me and the kid that got medalist, Ethan Galloway, we were tied going into the last hole, and I pushed one over to the sand and then four-putt it."
Key was also looking at finishing with a 78 but also found the sand and then had trouble getting out of the bunker.
"The ball was up against the lip, and, being left-handed, I was standing up on a ridge to chip out and hit it fat back into the bunker," he said. "I just took my medicine and blasted it out all the way to the other side of the green. Unfortunately, I took a three-putt, and it was my only three-putt of the day. Sometimes (being left-handed) can work either way, but, in that case, it hurt."
"Austin started out really well then got on the bogie train there on seven, eight and nine, but then sort of righted the ship and played pretty well on the back up until 18," Crecelius said. "He got in the bunker, his first bunker today, and it's golf. It's a four-letter word."
"I came in the last hole to make par to shoot 78 to be definitely in the running to make all-conference depending on what happens after everybody finishes," Key said. "Finishing with a triple is pretty tough, especially out here in front of everybody. It's golf, and it is what it is."
"A couple of the seniors, Taylor Colin and Ethan Ingle, didn't play real well on the front but played a little bit better on the back, which was very good to see," Crecelius said of his other players. "Tyson Sloan played a heck of a round, shooting 95 on the first 18-hole match he's played. A very good round and very consistent, and that's the reason we brought Tyson, because he had been consistent all year. He played very well.
"Cody Knieriem, who took an 11 on No. 7, came back and ended up shooting 90, which was fantastic. At that point, you can give up, and he didn't give up. He just kept his head down and came through on the back nine and played well."
(Phillips 80*, Bales 85*, Hack 91, Blacerby 94)
Springs Valley 352
(Galloway 78*, Kellams 86, Crow 92, Whittaker 96)
(Andis 80*, Jones 91, Smith 95, Clark 95)
Crawford County 365
(Key 81*, Knieriem 90, Sloan 95, Ingle 99)
Perry Central 365
(Douglas 86*, Huber 86*, Rogier 95, Carter 98)
West Washington 371
(Millholland 80*, B. Smith 86*, Powers 94, La. Guthrie 111)
(Lindley 91, Gilbert 96, Ross 99, Hammond 99)
Medalist-Ethan Galloway (SV)