Braves beat rain, Bluejackets in golf match

On an evening when many sports were cancelled due to the rain, the golf meet between Mitchell and Brownstown Central went on as scheduled Monday at the Hickory Hills Golf Course.

The host Braves were victorious against the Bluejackets 167-182.

“I’m glad we were able to get it in, and that the weather held off,” coach Brandon Allman said. “I’m really pleased with my No. 1, Lance Hackman. He chipped it in on the(sixth hole) for a birdie, and it’s always good to see a kid chip one in. They get excited.”

Hackman claimed medalist honors with a score of 37 on the par-35 course.

“(Hackman) has aspirations to go on and play college golf,” Allman said. “He plays more golf than anyone on our golf team. It’s a reflection of the dedication and time that he’s put in with four years of golf.”

Braves senior Levi Sweaney tied for second place with a 42, and Seth Berry followed closely with a 43.

“We had a bunch of guys at 42, 43, 44, 45,” Allman said. “My number eight and nine had 44 and 45, which is good, but we’ve got to improve. We’ve got to get down below 155 as a team. It’s early in the year, and we’ve got a lot more work to do.”

The coach also is expecting more players to score in the very low 40s or upper 30s as individuals for his team.

Brownstown had a total of 13 golfers play, while Mitchell had nine.

With such depth, the Braves have quality players vying for a varsity spot.

Other scorers for the Braves were Chanler Fleetwood and Hunter Browning, who both shot 45s to round out the squad’s scoring.

The Braves play their next golf meet at the Edgewood Invitational at Cascades in Bloomington on Saturday.

The Braves have topped seven teams in two duals meets and an invitational.