VINCENNES — In a six-team boys golf match Saturday at the Country Club of Old Vincennes, Washington (45-10) finished second and Washington Catholic came in third Saturday afternoon.
Rivet fired a 287 team score to claim victory, finishing 30 shots ahead of second place Washington. CCOV Head Golf Professional Jim Jenks thought that their score might have been the best score he has ever seen posted on that course.
“Congratulations to Rivet on their outstanding day, we finished runner up and were crushed by 30 shots,” said Washington coach Bill Ricke. “To put Rivet’s score in perspective, our score of 317 has been good enough to be the winning score at sectional in some years. A runner-up finish is fine in a lot of cases, and while we are not capable of shooting the score that Rivet shot today, we must be able to shave several strokes off of this score if we are playing to our true potential. We struck the ball decently, but were overall pretty sloppy with our short games. The kids are not satisfied with their performance today and will work to improve it by sectional time.”
Ricke has seen consistent improvement from the youngest member of Hatchet squad, Max Lancaster and he said it’s nice to see his game flourishing.
“Freshman Max Lancaster led the Hatchets with a 7-over par round of 77,” Ricke said. “CCOV is a golf course that is a perfect fit for Max’s game. He consistently keeps his ball in play and has good touch on the faster than average speed of the greens there. Max has worked hard on his game this spring and is being rewarded for it. We are very proud of his progress and his effort today.”
Cam Lancaster, Clay Hatton and Connor Brown each shot rounds of 10-over par 80 to complete the Hatchets team scoring.
“Cam played very well and had opportunities to really take his round low, but had a few minor hiccups,” Ricke said. “His improvement today was outstanding though as he has been in a bit of a slump the last two weeks. It’s great to see him playing well again. Clay and Connor battled today for their scores as nothing really came easy for them, but they hung in there and posted a respectable number. Tyler Stoll shot 88 and his score did not count in the team scoring. Tyler never got settled in on his round. He had several consecutive 3-putt greens early and I think he let that affect his mental approach the rest of the day. To his credit, he never got angry, but he never really allowed himself to get out of his own way. He can be a really good player and will recover.”
Despite a second place finish in an important event, Ricke said the team has continued to improve throughout the season as the Hatchets head into the sectional later this month.
“Golf is a game that is very easy to be critical of from a negative perspective by coaches, players and fans,” Ricke said. “All of us have to realize that it’s a game that cannot and will not be played perfectly. While we must address and attempt to fix our mistakes, our team has to learn to forget what has happened and focus on what is in front of us. That is the one thing that we need to get better at as a group to complete our successful season.”
Washington Catholic (14-20) finished in third place with a 359 team score, followed by Barr-Reeve (376), Eastern Greene (379) and West Vigo (382). Ethan Wichman shot a 78 to lead the Cardinals. Brian Brown shot an 89, AJ Sellers shot a 91, Brandon Strange shot a 101 and Eric Zipperle came in with a 112.
“Mostly pleased with our performances today,” said Washington Catholic coach Morris Petty. “Ethan had a great round of 78 which placed him sixth overall. It was his first round of his career in the 70s and he will have many more. Brian’s ball striking was outstanding but he struggled a bit on the fast greens. AJ didn’t hit the ball real well but his putting was outstanding with just 32 putts. We made some swing changes with him and he is still adjusting to them. We will continue to work on that and on Brian’s putting in our practices next week. Brandon and Eric struggled with their consistency today but they had some good holes and got to play 18 holes on the sectional course.”