It could have been a hat, but it was probably the play of Wood Memorial High School sophomore Jalen Doerner that led the Trojans to their first Gibson County boys golf championship since 2011.
The Trojans took first place at their host golf course, the Oakland City Country Club, with a 331 while the Princeton Community High School Tigers hit for a 334 and the Gibson Southern High School Titans took third with a 336.
“It was a great day. We knew we had a chance to win and everything had to come together,” said Trojans head coach Jeff Tooley.
Doerner was the match medalist, leading the field and the Trojans with a 73. Following Doerner on Wood Memorial’s squad was Carter Creedon with a 78, lone senior Jeremy Buck with an 89 and both Justin Strickland and Travis Bottoms shot 91s.
“A 73 is an outstanding score for him,” Tooley said of the Wood Memorial sophomore. “He putted the ball really well and was down the middle and wasn’t in trouble. He hit his driver well. Three over on the front and even par on the back is an excellent score, especially under tournament like conditions.”
“If the putting wouldn’t have went well, I would have been struggling all day,” Doerner said.
Tooley also added that ““Carter played well, too. A 78 is a strong score. Anything in the 70’s is a good score and having two of them, that brought us in.”
For the second place Tigers, Nathan Sandusky led the team with a 77 and was followed by EJ Wilder with a 79 while the Flaningam brothers, Ethan and Eric both 89s.
“They’ll bounce back,” said Tigers head coach Ben Kahle. “Everyone has a bad day. It wasn’t the result we were looking for. We had two guys in the 70’s, so that’s great. If we can shave a few more off, I think we’ll be in good shape for sectionals.
“Nathan’s really steady. He was consistent from one nine to the next. It was good to see the steadiness out of him and it helped him to play with the medalist today. I think he did a really nice job and has improved over the past couple of weeks. He’s a guy we can really count on.”
For the Titans, Mason Stoll was the leader with a 76 followed by Jacob Murphy with a 79, Brendan Murphy with an 87, Dylan Stefanich with a 94 and Mitchell Evans with a 100.
“We didn’t play very well,” said Titans head coach Matt Reinbrecht. “Mason didn’t play his best today and we’re going to have to play better if we want to have a shot at sectionals.”
All three Gibson County teams are in action on Friday, June 2, at the Country Club for Old Vincennes for sectional play starting at 8 a.m. CDT.
“This improves our confidence as we’re going to be facing some tough teams,” Doerner said.
“It gives you a lot of momentum,” “Tooley said. Having the kids to play well after they’ve worked hard is great. They were here last night and here this morning right up until we started playing. To see the hard work pay off, it makes coaching worth it.”