The Indian River varsity golf team may have lost their April 5 match to Sussex Tech, 180-163, but the loss will serve a purpose: to see where they stand within the Henlopen conference.
“This was a good wakeup call for us. We shot well against Sussex Central, but we came out flat today. The guys were disappointed but are ready to take on Polytech,” said head coach Neil Beahan.
Sophomore Richard Webster led the Indians with a team-low score of 42, which was only three strokes higher than that of Sussex Tech’s leading golfer, Jason Richards, the course medalist.
Junior Billy Powell shot a 43 on the front nine; senior captain Jordan Hale, 47; junior Craig Conover, 48; junior Justin Albright, 49; and junior Matt Binstet pulled up the rear as he plunked down a score of 50.
“We were at a little bit of a disadvantage, because we weren’t familiar with the course. But in the end we had a few bad holes,” said Beahan. “We didn’t play very well today, but there is no way that Tech is 17 strokes better than us,” he added.
The Indians travels to Polytech on April 7 for another big match. Indian River has performed consistently as a team (178 and 180 respectively) in their two matches so far this season but surely has to shave some strokes of their scorecard to compete with Polytech.
Polytech currently is 1-1 this season, most recently losing to Dover, 200-176. Polytech shot poorly at Dover’s Maple Dale golf course; but at their home course, they coasted past Delmar, 182-157, for the victory.
Once past Polytech, the Indians’ schedule takes another hit next week, as the team prepares to take on Caesar Rodney and Cape Henlopen (ranked fifth and sixth, respectively).
“This is definitely the hardest part of our schedule. Hopefully, we’ll succeed. But if not, we’ll learn,” said Beahan.