The Indian River varsity golf team floated past Smyrna and Seaford early this week, winning the Southern Henlopen Conference and earning a place in the Founders Cup against No. 3 Sussex Tech on May 18.
Head Coach Neil Beahan’s squad of interchangeable golfers shot a team score of 172 in both matches, compared to Smyrna’s 184 and Seaford’s 192.
Sophomore Colton Jensen earned his first medalist honor of the year in the regular-season finale against Seaford (6-8). Jensen’s team-low score of 41 just slipped past fellow sophomore Richard Webster’s 42 and junior Justin Albright’s 43.
Jensen hasn’t seen much action in competitive play this season, Seaford being only his third match of the season. But he was able to trim his average by four strokes to earn medalist honors.
“I was feeling pretty good and I didn’t blow up (no double bogies),” said Jensen. “I didn’t miss the fairways or have any three-putts,” he continued.
Jensen hit par three times and birdied once in the victory. And he almost won medalist honors for both teams.
“If I wouldn’t have hit the water twice, then I could’ve had a chance to beat Seaford’s top guy (39) for medalist for both teams,” explained Jensen.
The sophomore and his teammates have been happy with their recent success but are eagerly anticipating their rematch with undefeated conference rival No.3 Sussex Tech at the Founder’s Cup.
Sussex Tech handed Indian River a 163-180 whipping earlier in the season, but Beahan wasn’t too sure the rival team would have similar results at the May 18 meeting.
“Last time, we shot really badly on their course and it was still pretty close. This time, we play on a neutral site and they will not have the advantage of playing the match on the same course they practice on every day,” said Beahan.
Since that loss, Indian River has mustered an eight-match winning streak with little resistance, to improve their standing to 12-4 and top the Southern Conference.
Indian River’s four losses have come to top-tier golf programs like Tech, Cape Henlopen and Caesar Rodney, and a nail-biter to Dover. But if they are to compete for the conference championship or for state recognition, they must defeat a quality team like Sussex Tech.
The Indians were set to meet Sussex Tech on May 18 at the Baywood Greens golf course located in Long Neck.