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Brady Marshall shot 37 and Tyler Bullard carded 39 to help the Seymour boys golf team place second among three Hoosier Hills Conference schools Monday at Shadowood Golf Course.

Columbus East shot 156, Seymour had 166 and New Albany finished with 169.

Marshall tied Columbus East’s Austin Proffitt for medalist honors. Marshall and Proffitt will be roommates and golf teammates as they head to the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne in the fall.

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“So far this year, that is Brady’s low,” Owls coach Jim Hoffman said. “He had an eagle on 5 (3 on a par 5). He played pretty well. He seems to be getting off to a rocky start, and he keeps rebounding. It was good consistency from him.

“Tyler Bullard’s been a good surprise for us. He didn’t play well Saturday. He rebounded and played real well tonight. Keaton (Simpson) had some penalty strokes that hurt him tonight. He shot 41 with five penalty strokes.”

The only other Owl to break 50 was Ben Everage with 49.

“We’re getting there,” Hoffman said. “We’ve got to get our 4 and 5 more consistent and have a little more competition amongst the team in practices to get better. We’ve got to work on the basics. We’ve got to work on getting the ball in the fairway.

“Our short game is getting better. The kids’ chipping and putting is getting better. We’ve got to work on the minor things, and we’ll be just fine. I like the way we’re moving going toward the sectional and the conference coming up here in two weeks. We’re making some good progress, and I’m happy where we’re at.”

The Owls will play in the Bloomington North Invitational on Saturday at the Indiana University Golf Course in Bloomington. The HHC meet will be May 14 at Valley View Golf Club in Floyds Knobs, and the Owls will compete in the sectional June 3 at the IU course.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.