After battling some of the top golfers in the conference against Caesar Rodney, the Indian River High School golf team returned to Cripple Creek to battle the elements in their home opener against Delmar on Thursday, March 24.
High winds lead to unpredictable scorecards, as the Wildcats appeared unfazed and managed a 183-209 victory in the division match-up while the Indians struggled to find their groove.
“I was sort of shell shocked in a way looking at the previous scores,” said head coach Billy Wingate. “It was really windy but it didn’t seem to effect Delmar. They played really good golf.”
Despite the conditions, Delmar cut a collective 13 strokes from their previous victory against Dover at Maple Dale CC on Tuesday, March 22, while the Indians added a collective 16 from their match against CR.
Wildcat senior Jim Wood was the medalist on the day with a low of 41, with sophomore Shelby Tapman just three strokes behind with a 44.
IR’s top finisher was senior stalwart Joey Cooper, who ended the day with an uncharacteristic 45 on his home course.
“He was pretty upset with himself and I’m sure that he’s working on his game this week,” said Wingate. “The kids were really disappointed. It’s early in the season I just hope they get their jitters out of their system.”
Sophomore Mikaela Brosnahan finished behind Cooper with a 50 for the Indians, with junior John Evans and sophomore Joe D’Orazio each posting a 57, senior Freddie West taking a 59, and sophomore Gavin Gates cracking the lineup and tallying a 65 on the day.
The loss put the squad at 0-2 on the season headed into spring break, after which Wingate said we could see a few unfamiliar faces to try and shake things up. However all and all, expectations on the season remain high.
“I’m gonna start adding some new kids to the lineup starting next Tuesday,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of good talent.
“We started off the same way last year, shooting a little high and then all of a sudden got in the groove and started bringing the scores down.”
When the Indians get back from break they gear up for a Tri-Meet at Cripple Creek on Tuesday, April 5, against Sussex Academy and Sussex Central. The match is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.
Jim Wood 41 * Medalist
Shelby Tapman 44
Jacob Lemon 47
Helen Wilson 51
Konnor Dykes 53
Troy Lambrose 72
Joey Cooper 45
Mikaela Brosnahan 50
John Evans 57
Joe D’Orazio 57
Fred West 59
Gavin Gates 65