IR golf gets win vs. Milford after starting off season in the rough

Date Published: 
April 18, 2014

Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Keegan Orhelein takes a swing at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.Coastal Point • Aaron Mushrush: Keegan Orhelein takes a swing at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.With practices limited due to inclement weather, the Indian River High School golf team is now starting to find their swing after starting off the season with four straight losses to some of the state’s more stacked programs.

After being outscored by Caesar Rodney, Delmar, Sussex Central and Sussex Tech, the Indians snapped their losing streak on Friday, April 11, against Milford, on their home course at Cripple Creek Country Club — getting the win against the Buccaneers by seven strokes and shooting a collective 216.

Sophomore Joey Cooper was the team’s low-scorer on the day, as he has been throughout the season so far, shooting an impressive 42. Senior Mike Thompson wasn’t far behind, notching a 47, and the team’s second-ever female starter, Tori Buchanan, finished the day with a 65.

The team’s best performance of the year to date came in a loss to Sussex Tech on Thursday, April 10, when they shot a 203 on the same course. Cooper was again the team’s low scorer, with a 41, but Buchanan shot 10 strokes better than her Friday performance, notching a 55. Despite the better overall performance, Sussex Tech took the win, shooting 192 as a team.

“We had some major improvement for us,” said Assistant Coach Billy Wingate. “I think we’re going to do better on nicer courses.”

“I think, from what I saw, they were more consistent with their shots,” said head coach Paris Mitchell Sr. after last Thursday’s match against Sussex Tech. “We’ve got to work on putting. We’ve had seven days of practice, and now we’ve had four matches, so things are coming around.”

Despite the slow start, Mitchell said he is confident that his squad will continue to turn things around as the season progresses and is very impressed with the team’s low-scorer, Cooper, in his first year playing for the Indians.

“He’s the medalist today. He’s the low-scorer on our team,” Mitchell said. “He’s our No. 1 player, and it’s his first year. He’s a 10th-grader, so we think he’s going to be really good.”

This Tuesday’s match was rescheduled due to rain, but the team was set to face Cape Henlopen on Wednesday, April 16, after Coastal Point press time.