IR golf caps off season at conference championships

Date Published: 
May 23, 2014

Despite the youth of their squad, the Indian River High School golf team managed to end the season winning two out of their last three matches on their way to Henlopen Conference championships, which were scheduled for Wednesday, May 21 (after Coastal Point press time).

Before making their return home to Cripple Creek to finish out the season, the Indians took on Laurel on Thursday, May 8, easily outshooting the Bulldogs, 191-300, on the road at Seaford Country Club.

Sophomore standout Joey Cooper was the medalist in that matchup, shooting a 42, with Mike Thompson and Clayton Hardy each shooting a 49 on the day, and Tori Buchanan and John Evans scoring a 51 and 63, respectively.

Cooper would again medal, in an eight-stroke win against Polytech, when the team returned to Cripple Creek the next day, again shooting a 42. Thompson notched a 47 in the team’s 199-207 victory, with the rest of the team scoring in the mid- to high 50s.

Most recently, the Indians fell to Smyrna at home, 202-229. Cooper shot an uncharacteristic 52 on the Par 36 — a course where he typically shoots in the low 40s.

“I was really impressed with Mike, Clayton and Tori. They came around at the end of the season,” Cooper commended his teammates, including Buchanan, only the team’s second-ever starting female golfer.

Cooper, who has been the team’s low-scorer on the season as a sophomore and in his first year at Indian River, went on to attribute his success to his father and explain his impressive first season with the team.

“He’s been my coach my whole life. He’s awesome,” he stated. “I play as much as I can. I go out there because I love it. You always want to be the best. That’s the point of competition: to win.”

He also noted his expectations headed into the conference championship and his goals for the future.

“CR’s a good team. Sussex Tech’s a good team. Delmar’s got a really good [golfer],” he highlighted. “If we can win conference, that would be awesome. For myself, I want to be into the 30s a little bit more.”

The Henlopen Conference Championship was set to take place after Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, May 21, but results will be posted to our Facebook page, at