VINCENNES — The Hatchets finished with one of their top performances in several years Saturday in the Vincennes Invitational. Their team score of 327 was good for an overall finish in fourth place in the 18-team event. Tournament favorite Vincennes Rivet won with a team score of 318, followed by Evansville Reitz and South Spencer with scores of 326. Washington was next with 327 followed by Vincennes with a score of 339 to round out the top five.
“We are pretty happy with the way we played today,” said Washington coach Bill Ricke. “Last year, the same four guys whose scores were used today in this same tournament shot 360 and finished sixth. A 33-shot improvement on the same course a year later gives us a lot of confidence that we have improved and can play well on the road. The wind conditions were very tough to deal with today, but the kids maintained their focus throughout.”
The Hatchets nine-hole split scores were 169 on the front nine and 158 on the back nine. The first three holes of any tournament are difficult for the nerves to deal with, especially early in the season.
“All of our guys got off to rough starts before settling into their rounds,” Ricke said. “We will learn to handle that with experience and play in many more 18-hole tournaments the rest of the season.”
Clay Hatton was medalist for the Hatchets with a round of 78.
“Clay is a very tough competitor and played well today,” Ricke said. “His ball striking was good and his short game continues to improve. Two of Clay’s shots came in the form of a self-imposed penalty he gave himself for hitting the wrong ball. That is a careless mental mistake that I can assure you will never happen to him again. Though this penalty cost the team a better overall finish, I am extremely proud of Clay for acknowledging this error and following the rules of the game. Golf is a game of honor and players are their own referees.”