By James Howell
— The Ben Davis Giants golf team participated in the North Central Invitational last Saturday afternoon at Coffin Golf Club in an event that featured some tough competition.
Ben Davis (341) placed eighth out of 14 teams. Park Tudor (302) won, with Plainfield (310) taking second, Terre Haute South and host North Central placing third (321), followed by Bishop Chatard (323).
Ben Davis coach John Davis said he was pleased with what was the Giants best tournament finish to date, but did see some things the Giants need to clean up as they move on.
“The short game is always a problem,” Davis said. “Nobody can practice their short game enough. Some of the guys had some swing issues with hooking and slicing but that’ll be an easy fix.”
Lawrence North’s Christian Geiger took individual medalist honors, carding a two-under-par 70.
Two others shot under-par rounds. Plainfield’s Johnny Gulley and North Central’s Jackson Juerling each carded a 71.
Ben Davis’ Kyle Foster led the Giants on the afternoon, firing a 77. Sophomore Isaiah Rose-Lebeau (83), freshman Tyler Gill (89), sophomore Brayton Smith (92) and senior Kiel Maxey (101) rounded out the Giants’ scoring.
This invitational was the Giants’ first following poor showings at the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference meet and the Marion County meet, both of which Davis considered to be part of the Ben Davis slump.
“We shot well,” Davis said of the team’s performance Saturday. “This is our best show in a tournament. They’ve worked through it and it looks like we played better.”