By Jason Haddix For The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin
---- — YORKTOWN — Pendleton Heights and Alexandria opened the 2014 golf season as part of the 15-team field at the Yorktown Invitational. Despite the abundance of blue skies and sunshine, the weather may have been more of a challenge than the 18 holes at The Players Club.
The Arabians shot the low team score of 313 led by senior Trevar Denney — who fired a 73, tying him with Muncie Central’s Keegan Bronnenberg for the individual title
“It was very tough as you can tell by the scores,” Denney said. “It didn’t really affect my tee ball, I just gripped the club lightly and swung smooth to hit the ball low and straight.”
Denney took second place by result of the tiebreaker, which was the individual’s score on Hole 4, the courses No. 1 handicap hole.
“It gives me a lot of confidence,” Pendleton’s No. 3 golfer said. “I was a little nervous coming out here with this wind and hitting the ball straight. I have been struggling with my irons, but my short game picked up.”
Denney finished birdieing three of his final four holes. He said as the event progressed he felt he had the chance to be in medalist contention and began to focus more and read his putts more carefully.
Pendleton Heights junior Zach Farrer shot second-low for the Arabians with a 76.
“Trevor Denney played about like I thought he would, Zack Farrer played about like I thought he would,” coach Jim Phillips said. “Colin (Proctor) struggled a little bit, Tyler (Meyer) struggled. So we will only improve off that 313, I think.”
Proctor, the Arabians No. 1 golfer, shot a 79 with four bogies, a double-bogey and a triple-bogey and just two birdies. Meyers lined up No. 2 and shot an 85 by carding six bogeys, a double-bogey and two triple-bogeys.
It should be no surprise to see Denney and Farrer shot low scores as they were part of Pendleton’s state tournament team from a year ago, along with Proctor who is committed to Illinois and Meyer who will play golf at IPFW.
“It is good to see that at anytime somebody else can step up and go low, and that is what it takes to be a good team,” Phillips said. “I know Colin and Tyler typically play a lot better than they did. We have four really solid kids and some other kids that will step up and play, too.”
Indianapolis Cathedral finished second with 323, and the “green” team from Yorktown rounded out the top three with 326.
As a result of one of the invited teams not participating, Phillips had the opportunity to field another five-man team, which included freshman Curtis Patterson and junior Ian Sabourin who played in their first varsity tournament.
Patterson carded a 92 and Sabourin a 97.
“In terms of experience, you can’t duplicate it with anything else,” Phillips said. “That is why I like to take two teams as many times as I can — to get all 10 kids playing is just huge.”
Unlike Pendleton, Alexandria was unable to field a full team and played with just four.
“The guys definatly needed to get out and get some practice in and some competitiveness to them,” Tigers coach Jesse Shawver said. “It was a good day for us. The scores didn’t come up amazing, but better than we expected. I think it sets us up for a good year.”
The Tigers carded a team score of 391 with Andy Rowe leading the way with a 94. Nik Vail shot a 95, while Isaac Wensel had a 99 and Bailey Wensel a 103
With the lift and clean rule in effect, many thought scores would be low, including Phillips who said before the event began that a score of 295 would likely win, and he was right, but no team was close to that. He acknowledged later that a score of 313 will not win many tournaments for the Arabians.
“It is good to come out with a win,” Phillips said. “I had hoped we would have played better right from the start, but it looks like numbers are up for everybody, it must be tough out there playing.”