On hole No. 6, between the pockets of rain, Brownstown Central sophomore Hunter Browning lined up a 30-foot chip shot at Shadowood Golf Course on Monday.
After the follow through, the ball struck the pin and dropped in the hole for a birdie as a small crowd of friends and family howled.
Browning shot an even 36 par to capture medalist honors in a dual match at Trinity Lutheran.
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The Braves topped Trinity 164-173 in team scoring on the damp and dreary afternoon with intermittent drizzles.
Browning shot another birdie on the par 5 No. 9 hole while also carding five more pars and two bogeys.
Seth Berry shot a 40 and Jackson Wagner totaled 41 for the Braves No. 1 and No. 2 spots.
“I was happy with our first three scores,” Braves coach Brandon Allman said. “I believe that’s the first time that Hunter has hit even par. It was a big day for him. The top three were pretty consistent. I know Seth shot with a lot of composure today. He didn’t have a par until his seventh hole and finished strong on his final three holes.
“Jackson has been really consistent — he hasn’t shot really high or low. He has been steady in the low 40s.”
Berry had three straight pars on holes No. 1 through No. 3 to finish the day.
The Braves’ Lute Lahrman finished with 48 strokes and Brayton Hattabaugh 47.
Other scores for the Braves included a 56 by Mike Bosheras while Hunter Tormoehlen and Gavin Norman shot 61 and Nate Price scored 67.
Allman said he wants his No. 4 and No. 5 golfers to drop a couple more strokes as the sectional approaches.
“I feel like either Lute or Brayton need to get down in the mid 80s as long as our top 3 keep playing how they’re capable of,” he said.
Allman said that with the amount of rain the team has faced all season, it’s nothing new for any of the golfers.
Trinity’s Chad Stuckwisch carded a 40 to lead the Cougars.
Stuckwisch carded five pars on the day on holes No. 1 through No. 3 and on No. 5 and No. 9.
The Cougars’ Cory Stuckwisch and Jonathan Keith each totaled 43s while Drew Royalty had 48.
Jacob Keith finished with 46, Kohei Nagino 48, Kegan Prentice 51 and Mark Shoemaker 57 in other Cougars’ totals.
Cougars coach Gregg Personett wants to see the numbers drop individually.
“I think we’re struggling a little bit with our numbers,” Personett said. “Cory, Skyler and Drew didn’t play to their potential tonight. I didn’t think the course played particularly tough today, and I thought the scores would have been better.”
Personett said that extra strokes killed the team scoring in Monday’s matchup with the Braves.
“That right there is it,” Personett said. “You can’t have multiple bogeys in high school golf. We have to figure out a way to get it done. I think we’re striking the ball well, it’s just chipping and putting.
“Coach Allman has a good team. You have to give them a lot of credit. Hunter Browning shot an impressive round.”
The Cougars and Braves will meet again June 3 at Indiana University for the sectional.