Bison topped by Brookville|
Friday, August 24, 2012
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
HYDE - There's no question that the game of golf can be a very challenging one. It can be even more challenging when a high school golfer is playing in his first varsity match.
All of the top six golfers for the Clearfield boys team saw their debut on a sun-splashed Thursday afternoon at the Clearfield-Curwensville Country Club.
Despite a 166-214 loss to a talented Brookville team, Bison golf coach Chad Gearhart was happy with the scores from his team.
"Overall, I knew they'd be nervous and they were starting off," said Gearhart. "Those top six have never played a varsity match where they were going to be counted on."
"I'm pleased with how they did. They showed very good consistency, and I can work with what they have. We're just going to keep plugging and keep working things out."
Although there were no birdies on the day, Clearfield did manage to earn five pars with Patrick Barnes picking up an even score on the third and seventh holes.
Shae Bishop, Caleb Strouse and Cory Maines picked up the other three pars. Bishop and Strouse also got pars on the par-3 No. 7, while Maines earned his on the last hole.
One of the bright spots of the day was the fifth seed for the Bison.
Kerry Maines didn't pick up any of the pars, but carded a 50 in his first round as a member of the varsity team.
"I'm happy that Kerry shot a 50," said Gearhart. "With this lineup, I can put him in anywhere. I could've put any one of them as the number one.
"I wanted to get him out there and team him up with somebody that he'd be comfortable with. Kerry did a great job."
Brandon Orsich finished in second place as Clearfield's third seed with a 53. Bishop finished third with a 55 and Strouse rounded out the top four with a 56, tying Cory Maines.
Strouse won on a coin flip for the fourth spot. Barnes rounded out the action with a 57.
Meanwhile, Brookville had the benefit of two players scoring in the sub-40 range.
Jordan Tosh and Jack Huggins shot a 38 and a 39, respectively, to pace the Blue Raiders. Jacob McLaughlin carded a 43, while Tate Canavan came in fourth with a 46.
"(Brookville golf coach Ben) Coach Pete and I have been competing with each other for years ... ever since we played against each other in high school," said Gearhart. "He's got a very well-balanced team right now, and I think they're going to go pretty far."
Clearfield will be back in action on Thursday in a tri-meet at Bellefonte with Philipsburg-Osceola. The first tee time is set for 1 p.m.
Jordan Tosh, 38; Jack Huggins, 39; Jacob McLaughlin, 43; Tate Canavan, 46. Others: Hunter Wolfe, 55; Corey Byerly, 57.
Kerry Maines, 50; Brandon Orsich, 53; Shae Bishop, 55; Caleb Strouse, 56. Others: Cory Maines, 56; Patrick Barnes, 57.