DARLINGTON — Southmont is still searching for a lower number, but a 350 at Rocky Ridge on Thursday night lifted the Mounties to the boys’ county golf title. Crawfordsville was second with a 374, led by meet medalist Luke Ranard’s 78. North Montgomery was third with 414.
Nolan Allen led the way for the Mounties with an 81, after starting +4 over par after three holes.
“Nolan I know hit two balls out of bounds on the front and took a seven somewhere, and then finished really well on the back,” Southmont coach Bill Whalen said. “Just a rough front, but when you do that and come back and shoot a 38, it shows your mental stability and I like seeing that.”
Whalen has been searching for consistency from his top five players all season, and while they haven’t been able to all go low on the same night, sophomore Harrison Haddock continued his season-long groove with an 87.
“Harrison has been Mr. consistent all year,” Whalen said. “You can always count on him. He’s not going to be the guy that shoots 75, but not going to be he guy that shoots 95 either.”
Micah Korhorn shot a 90, Luke Tesmer 92, and Carson McKinney a 100 to round out Southmont’s scores.
Much like Allen, Ranard rebounded from a slow start. The Crawfordsville junior was +3 over par through four holes, before recording five pars in a row.
“He and I had a talk between four green and five tee, and we both agreed that he should just quit thinking and play golf,” Crawfordsville coach Tom Perkins said. “After all it’s just golf, and he did that and the next 11 holes he was even par and finished with a 78. So I’m happy with where he is right now and I think that’s going to carry into the sectional.”
Ranard’s 78 came after firing an 87 at the Sagamore Conference meet at Rocky Ridge less than two weeks ago.
“Honestly at the conference, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and wasn’t really feeling it,” Ranard said. “Today I just came out and treated this like another round of golf and nothing special, and that really helped me out. I just stopped thinking about it and just played golf.”
All of Ranard’s hard work finally paid off on Thursday with a personal best 18-hole score in competition play.
“It’s finally paid off,” he said. “I practice all the time and it hasn’t paid off until today, so it feels really good.”
Landon Timmons fired an 88, while Hayden Jeffries shot 102 and Landon Hurt a 106.
Hayden Turner led the Chargers with an 83, including a 38 on the front-nine.
“He played the front really well, ending it with a birdie,” North Montgomery coach Nick Johnson said. “He kind of sputtered a little bit starting out on 10. 83 was only five off the medalist, so he’s really progressed this year.”
Haze Kashon fired a 105, while Drew Norman shot 112, Thomas Fritzen 114, and Colin Campbell 116.
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