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Connersville’s Breydan Shafer makes a shotfrom the fairway on hole eight at Greensburg Country Club on Friday evening. Shafer and the Spartans opened their 2018 season on Greensburg’s home course, coming away with a 167-192 loss to the Pirates.~Connersville High School golfers Dalton Lee, left, and Ryan Scott ponder their next shots on the eighth green at the Greensburg Country Club golf course on Friday night. Lee finished with a score of 47 on the night, followed by Scott’s 48.~Connersville’s Hutton Getz chips onto the green on the third hole at the Greensburg Country Club golf course on Friday. Getz and the Spartans finished 25 shots behind the host Pirates, by a score of 167-192.

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By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com

GREENSBURG — In what was the warmest day of the spring to date, the Connersville High School boys golf team pulled out their golf bags and kicked off the 2018 season on Friday afternoon.

Traveling to Greensburg, the Spartans challenged their Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference rival at the Greensburg Country Club with the temperature reaching almost 80 degrees.

The challenge didn’t go as Connersville envisioned it.

Paced by low-medalist Curtis Bausback, the Pirates took advantage of playing on their home course and repelled the Spartans by a 167-192 score.

Course familiarity wasn’t the only battle the Spartans were up against throughout the evening.

“We were playing in super different conditions today, than what we’ve been used to,” Connersville head coach J.J. Huber said, following the loss. “The last two and-a-half weeks it’s been cold, rainy, and super windy, whereas today it was very nice and just a little windy.

“I think it was a bit of a culture shock for the kids, and that can throw anybody for a loop.”

All in all, the CHS mentor took in both the good and the bad by his charges.

“I saw the kids, particularly some of the younger ones, play some of these holes really well,” he said. “I also saw some very good shots on those holes.

“Of course, I also saw some of the perennial struggles, things like chipping around the green, and of course, putting. When you get nervous, those are some of the first things that go bad.”

Connersville was led by both the young and the experienced in the meet, as senior Dalton Lee tied with freshman Jonah Graham for team scoring honors, both shooting rounds of 47.

Right on their heels was Ryan Scott. He finished with a 48, and said he felt fortunate to earn that score.

“It’s a good thing that I played my final four holes even,” he said, adding with a smile, “Had I not done that it would have been much worse.”

Rounding out the varsity score was Ryan McIntyre, who finished with a round of 50.

Following Bausback for the Greensburg varsity was Devin Winkler (40), Kyle Sellers (43) and Ben Bausback (45).

“Our kids are expecting to play well,” Huber said. “Several of them have experience, so they’re putting a lot of pressure on themselves to play well. That’s not always the best approach, because it can make it difficult to play with that expectation hanging over you.

“But if they’re going to do that, they’re going to have to get used to playing with that pressure.”

Both teams had a large number of competitors, allowing the two schools to post junior varsity scores as well.

Greensburg won that match as well, 204-212.

The Connersville reserve score was paced by freshman Adam Kelly’s 52. He was followed by Cade Kelley (53), Breydan Shafer (53) and Hutton Getz (54).

Kelley had one of the shining moments for the Spartans on the evening, scoring a birdie on one of Greensburg’s par-3 holes.

Greensburg’s reserve unit consisted of Cole Carder (48), Trevor Foster (49), Garrett Knoll (54) and Jordan Balser (56). 

CHS had two other golfers on the course, as Alex Austerman and Cooper Griffin competed.

“It was awesome getting all 10 kids on the course today,” Huber said. “When I played for CHS, we put 12 out there, six varsity and six junior varsity. In the years since, we’ve seen a little bit of a down-trend on the number of golfers that teams have, so we have not always been able to do that.

“This year, however, we have good-sized teams, so it was terrific getting these kids the opportunity to play. It’s great for experience, and huge when talking about getting them ready for the next match.”

That next match comes in a hurry, as the Spartans entertain Batesville, Franklin County and Oldenburg Academy for their home opener at Willowbrook Country Club on Monday evening (5 p.m.).

“The boys know that it is time for them to step up and play well,” Huber said. “They know it is going to happen, and I do as well. I believe it’s just going to be a matter of time.”

 

BOYS GOLF

VARISTY

Greensburg 167, Connersville 192

(at Greensburg Country Club)

Connersville (0-1) — Dalton Lee 47, Jonah Graham 47, Ryan Scott 48, Ryan McIntyre 50.

Greensburg (5-1) — Curtis Bausback 39, Devin Winkler 40, Kyle Sellers 43, Ben Bausback 45.

JUNIOR VARSITY

Greensburg 204, Connersville 212

Connersville (0-1) — Adam Kelly 52, Cade Kelley 53, Breydan Shafer 53, Hutton Getz 54.

Greensburg — Cole Carder 48, Trevor Foster 49, Garrett Knoll 54, Jordan Balser 56.