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Windy day at Willowbrook

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Connersville senior Breydan Shafer lines up his ball at Willowbrook Country Club, Friday night in a dual against Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference rival Greensburg. Shafer finished with a round of 54 in CHS’ first home dual of the 2019 season.
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Connersville sophomore Jonah Graham follows a shot against Greensburg, Friday night at Willowbrook Country Club. Graham led the Spartans with a nine-hole score of 41. The Pirates wound up winning the dual 170-208.
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Connersville’s Dylan Thomas chips a shot onto the sixth green at Willowbrook Country Club on Friday night. Thomas and the Spartans hosted Greensburg for a dual with the Pirates.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com

The Greensburg Pirates brought some game competition to Willowbrook Country Club to help Connersville usher in the home portion of its dual schedule on Friday night.

As to who brought gusty winds to the golf meet, well, the Spartans are still trying to figure out that one.

With winds gusting at 20 miles per hour and higher, the two teams worked hard to keep control of ball-placement.

One team handled it a little better than the other.

Finishing with six individual scores in the 40s, the visitors were able to pull away from their hosts, beating the Spartans by a final of 170-208.

“The wind was blowing the ball all over the place,” said Connersville’s No. 2 golfer, Hutton Getz. “It was very difficult to get anything to go straight in those conditions.”

Getz added that, when the ball wasn’t whipping through the wind, he was able to seize a lot more control of his game.

“I sunk a 20-footer on one putt, then added a couple more from 6-8 feet,” he said. “I was very happy with my putter today. Playing the greens was the best part of my game.”

In comparison to Greensburg’s individual scores, Connersville had only one golfer finish in the 40s, as No. 1 golfer Jonah Graham posted a final tally of 41.

“I thought I drove the ball pretty well today,” he said. “My putter was just okay, but my wedges from 100-150 yards out were pretty good.”

Graham’s score was second-best among both teams, trailing only GHS’ Trevor Foster, who finished with a 40.

The Connersville sophomore knows that he could have finished even better, however.

 “I was three over going into hole No. 9 and I hit my driver really well,” he said. “I just wish I could have finished that hole stronger.”

Trailing Graham on the Connersville leaderboard was Breydan Shafer with a 54. Alex Austerman was next with a 56, followed by Getz (57), Nathan Shawl (60) and the duo of Brayden Moore and Grady Getz, both with rounds of 61.

Ethan Steele and Dylan Thomas also teed off for the Spartans. For the visitors, Foster was followed by Ben Bausback (43) and Garrett Knoll (43), and the duo of Cole Carder and Jordan Balser, each of them carding scores of 44.

Joining them on the course were teammates Curtis Bausback, Devin Winkler and Nathan Navarra.

Friday’s meet was the first dual of the season, and as such, there is a lot of room for improvement going forward. “I know that I picked up a lot of bad habits from too long ago, and I am still trying to work through those,” Hutton Getz said.

Connersville’s only other contest this season was the 18-hole Yorktown Invitational last Saturday at The Players Club.

The Spartans struggled with their short game at that meet, and wound up finishing 15th out of 17 teams in attendance. Hutton Getz, Austerman and Shafer wound up with scores of 109, 111 and 116, respectfully.

Freshman golfer Nathan Shawl followed closely, carding a 121 in his first-ever high school meet.

CHS returns home on Monday, entertaining teams from Batesville, Franklin County and Oldenburg Academy.

The Spartans are home on only three other dates: April 30 (vs. Knightstown, Shelbyville), May 7 (vs. Union County) and on May 18 for the Connersville Invitational. 

PIRATES 170, CONNERSVILLE 208

(at Willowbrook Country Club)

Greensburg (3-1) — Trevor Foster 40, Ben Bausback 43, Garrett Knoll 43, Cole Carder 44, Jordan Balser 44, Curtis Bausback 46, Devin Winkler 50, Nathan Navarra 64.

Connersville (0-1) — Jonah Graham 41, Breydan Shafer 54, Alex Austerman 56, Hutton Getz 57, Nathan Shawl 60, Braydon Moore 61, Grady Getz 61, Ethan Steele 64, Dylan Thomas 68.