Playing through cold and windy conditions is normal this time of year, and despite the tough elements Thursday night, the Plainfield boys’ golf team narrowly defeated visiting Cloverdale and Greencastle at Oak Tree Golf Course.
With the tally tied at 163, the result came down to a tiebreak between the teams’ fifth scores, and the Quakers came out on top over Greencastle. Cloverdale finished with a 191.
Plainfield pulled out the win despite some of its top golfers — Johnny Gulley, Hunter Drury, Dylan Holsclaw and Chris Heckman — sitting out.
“We were deep enough to still win and that’s a good problem to have,” Plainfield coach Jon Utterback said. “We have our core group, but there is still a strong competition for that fifth spot.”
Plainfield’s Ryan Schuld carded a 38 to take medalist honors. Kyler Nichols (44), Grant Beanblossom (39), Jacob Brejcha (42) and Lucas Smith (45) made up the rest of the Quakers’ scoring.
With Gulley, Drury, Holsclaw, and Heckman holding down the top four spots, Utterback said the team is looking for that pivotal fifth spot as the season heads into the final month before the postseason.
“We’ve got five guys fighting for that fifth spot and no one is really separating,” Utterback said. “I know it’s stressful for these guys, too, at times, but that’s a good thing. My job is to find the best players … who can get in there and give us a good score.”
Plainfield is splitting its time Saturday between two tournaments, one in Lebanon and the other at Brownsburg.
“We will send a Team A and Team B,” Utterback said. “We will have a strong group at Lebanon and a competitive group at Brownsburg. We will have an opportunity, I think, to win both of them. We’re pretty deep.”
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