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Connersville boys fourth at home invitational

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Connersville senior Dalton Lee chips toward the cup on the 10th hole, Saturday at Willowbrook Country Club.
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Connersville’s Jonah Graham follows through on a fairway shot on the eighth hole at Willowbrook Country Club on Saturday. Graham and the Connersville High School ‘No. 1’ team finished fourth among 13 teams at the CHS Invitational, finishing with a team score of 365. Graham finished with an individual effort of 89.
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Connersville’s Cooper Griffin watches a shot head toward the green on the 11th hole at Willowbrook Country Club on Saturday afternoon. Playing in the 13-team invitational, Griffin and his CHS ‘No.2’ team finished the 18-hole day with a score of 428.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com

Gloomy skies greeted the Connersville Spartans and their guests, Saturday at Willowbrook Country Club, as the 2018 Connersville High School Invitational prepared to tee off.

“Yesterday, we weren’t entirely certain that we were going to have this meet at all, looking at the forecast for today,” Connersville head coach J.J. Huber said, following the meet.

The rains did come, showers intermittently invading the course through the final two hours.

For the competitors, that wasn’t a surprise.

“Once we got started today, that was already in their minds, that rain was coming,” Huber added.

While the wet stuff might not have been a shocker, Connersville’s ability to shake it off and compete well in it was a definite pleasing touch for the CHS coach.

“When you’ve got something like that, that rain is coming, it can affect the way that you’re playing, whether you speed up a little or whatever,” he said. “But to be honest, I really didn’t notice diminished play, once the weather turned. I was very impressed with the way the kids handled the changes.

“When the rain actually does come, your grips get wet and conditions change dramatically. The kids handled it very well, I was proud of them.”

Connersville had two teams at the meet, Team No. 1 finishing with a score of 365, good enough for fourth-place among the 13 listed squads in attendance.

“Finishing fourth in a field like this is awesome,” Huber said. “I was pleased with everyone today.”

Team No. 2 finished with a score of 428, earning a 12th-place finish.

North Central topped the leaderboard at the end of the 18-hole day, finishing with a score of 341. Indianapolis Brebeuf was next at 350, followed by New Palestine (355) in third.

Following the fourth-place Spartans were teams from Greensburg (369), Batesville (369), Avon (375), Monroe Central (382), Trinity Lutheran (383), Daleville (402) and North Decatur (402).

Lawrence Central closed out the team standings, finishing with a score of 429.

Individually, Cole Parmer from North Decatur paced the field with a score of 80. He was followed by Ben Fencl from North Central (81) and Tristian Lamppert from Batesville (81).

Connersville’s Dalton Lee was fourth with a round of 83.

“Dalton played exceptionally well,” Huber said. “He really stepped up. Shooting in the low 80s in a meet like this is really terrific.”

He wasn’t the only one who caught his coaches eye.

“I thought that Jonah (Graham) and Adam (Kelly) both had strong rounds today, too,” he added.

“Jonah played really well in his second 18-hole invite. Adam was also playing in only his second 18-hole invitational, and he handled himself very well. Those three really played strong rounds today.

“Ryan (Scott) and Breydan (Shafer) did okay, even though they had a couple of holes that gave them a little trouble. In spite of that, I saw some really great shots from them today, as well.”

Graham finished with a score of 91, followed by Kelly at 93. Shafer and Scott carded scores of 102 and 108, respectively.

The No. 2 team was led by Cade Kelley and Jeremiah Friend, both of whom finished with a 105 score. They were followed by Ryan McIntyre (107), Cooper Griffin (107) and Hutton Getz (132).

Connersville will play its final home meet tonight, hosting Lawrenceburg, South Dearborn and East Central tonight at 5 p.m. Going forward toward the sectional on Monday, June 4, Huber says that the Spartans will be focused on improving one part of their game in particular.

“Right now, it’s really about the mental part of the game for these kids,” he said. “I feel like that’s one of the only parts of the game holding us back a little right now. They all have a really solid swing, so it’s just taking that good range game, and turning that into a solid game on the course.”

Connersville Boys Invitational Golf

(at Willowbrook Country Club)

Team standings

1. North Central 341; 2. Indianapolis Brebeuf 350; 3. New Palestine 355; 4. Connersville No. 1 365; 5. Greensburg 369; 6. Batesville 369; 7. Avon 375; 8. Monroe Central 382; 9. Trinity Lutheran 383; 10. Daleville 402; 11. North Decatur 402; 12. Connersville No. 2 428; 13. Lawrence Central 429.

Top five

1. Cole Parmer, North Decatur 80; 2. Ben Fencl, North Central 81; 3. Tristian Lamppert, Batesville 81; 4. Dalton Lee, Connersville 83; 5. Ben Bausback, Greensburg 83.

Connersville results

Team No. 1 — Dalton Lee 83, Jonah Graham 89, Adam Kelly 91, Breydan Shafer 102, Ryan Scott 108.

Team No. 2 — Cade Kelley 105, Jeremiah Friend 105, Ryan McIntyre 107, Cooper Griffin 111, Hutton Getz 132.

Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference

Batesville — 1. Tristian Lamppert 81, Ross Harmeyer 88, Dean Campbell 99, Andy Gutzwiller 101, Joseph Cerniglia 109.

Greensburg — 1. Ben Bausback 83, 2. Trevor Foster 91, 3. Kyle Sellers 94, 4. Cole Carder 101, 5. Devin Winkler 102.