By Justin Whitaker
— Last Wednesday evening, the Covenant Christian and Fishers boys’ golf teams battled at Eagle Creek Golf Club.
The Tigers came out on top with a 158-185 victory in the damp and brisk conditions that hovered in the low to mid 40’s. Jon Simonett and David Sopoci were co-medalist’s of the event for Fishers. Both individually shot 39s.
Covenant coach Donnie Fishburn said he was happy with his team’s effort against the tough competition from the Hoosier Crossroads Conference.
“Our one and two played pretty well,” Fishburn said. “When it’s cold, we don’t have any real big hitters and we don’t hit the ball real far off the tee so it’s hard to make up some of those shots.”
Sophomore Daniel Eanes shot 43 to lead the Warriors. Junior John Angermeier added a 44, junior Trevor Johnson contributed a 47 and junior Ross Ellis shot a 51.
Fishburn said he was especially encouraged by Johnson’s stroke count of 47.
“I was real happy with our No. 5, he’s a kid who has only been playing two weeks in his life,” he said.
Eagle Creek was saturated with water after almost a full day of rain before the match. Add in the wind gusts and low 40 degree weather, the conditions were not the most ideal for a golf match. All of the competitors had to deal with the conditions, but they did cause adjustments from the players.
“Weather affects your yardage really bad,” Fishburn said. “It affects your grip, your concentration, but more than anything it affects yardages. You’re always short. If you club up then you’re second guessing yourself. But weather doesn’t affect chipping and putting, which is where really good players score. By the end of the match, if these guys are playing with their bare hands now it affects your feel and your grip.”
Much like all of the spring sports, the weather has affected golf’s schedule. Fishburn said that up to last Wednesday, of the 25 days of golf they should have had, the Warriors have played only 11 of those days.
“That’s practice and meets included,” he said. “So we’ve only had three meets and for our No. 5 to already be shooting a 47 is very encouraging. And I know our three and four can shoot much better. I’ve seen them do better. I’m encouraged.”