Grouped restlessly in the packed clubhouse, the Brownstown Central boys golf team anxiously awaited for its No. 4 golfer.
Senior Lute Lahrman’s score would prove the difference between another second-place finish and a championship.
To capture their first Mid-Southern Conference title since 2011, the Braves predicted Lahrman needed to shoot 95 or lower.
When a messenger relayed the final total of 86, it was officially time for the Braves to celebrate.
Brownstown totaled 348 strokes at Wooded View Golf Course, beating Silver Creek by 10 strokes, to claim the MSC championship Saturday in Clarksville.
Scottsburg rounded out the top three with 358.
The MSC crown was the first for the Braves since coach Brandon Allman took over the program in 2012.
The Braves snapped a four-year winning streak by Corydon Central.
Lahrman’s 15-over 86 was a personal best for an 18-hole tournament.
“I’m glad I had (the score) here, where it mattered the most,” Lahrman said. “We’ve had good teams in the past, and it’s exciting to know that the years of hard work paid off for us.”
Corydon’s Joey Wiseman managed the lowest score in the 10-team field with a 76.
Sophomore Hunter Browning led the Braves with an 85 on the day.
Braves senior Seth Berry was in contention for the top medalist spot but finished his final four holes with three double bogeys and a triple bogey.
Despite feeling disappointed in his score, for Berry, it was all about getting the MSC title in his final year on the team.
“We work well together,” Berry said of the Braves. “We all have gotten more consistent over the year. I’m really proud of Lute today. He shot a really good round. We really needed that. It was good to get our number down.
“It’s really nice to finally win one. The course played a lot longer today because of the conditions. All in all, it wasn’t horrible. The greens played pretty well.”
In the No. 3 spot, senior Jackson Wagner totaled 91 for the Braves.
The Braves’ No. 5 golfer, sophomore Brayton Hattabaugh, carded a 98.
“I know the scores looked really high, but it was a tough day with it being so windy and cold,” Allman said. “Our guys held it together. Jackson shot a 51 and then followed with 40 on the front. Hunter struggled early and then maintained. Our guys did a pretty good job of holding on.”
Berry, Browning and Lahrman earned all-MSC honors, while Wagner received honorable mention.
“We’ve had two or three guys make (all-MSC) the past few years,” Allman said. “It’s a credit to them for coming out and all the work they’ve put in at practices. The season is tough, and in my five years coaching here, this has been weather-wise the worst year. We’ve joked that we should play better in the worse weather.”
Allman said he hopes the MSC championship will propel his team to the sectional June 3 at Indiana University.
“I’m hoping (the MSC) is a huge thing for us,” Allman said. “We have a couple weeks off from (18-hole) tournaments before the sectional. I know they were frustrated that their numbers were high, but it’s an MSC title. I really think that after Bloomington South, Bedford North Lawrence and give a nod to Seymour, it’s wide open.”
Four members of the Brownstown Central boys golf team received individual accolades at the Mid-Southern Conference Tournament on Saturday.
Hunter Browning (So.) 85
Seth Berry (Sr.) 86
Lute Lahrman (Sr.) 86
Jackson Wagner (Sr.) 91