Going into the 2016 boys golf season, Brownstown Central boys golf coach Brandon Allman didn’t know what to expect.
Losing two players that averaged in the mid- to low-70s, it was a changing of the guard for the Braves.
The Braves fared much better than Allman expected, finishing 52-34 on the season.
“I thought it might have been a struggle, losing two very good players,” Allman said at the awards program Monday. “It was much better than what I expected. All the credit goes to the young men.
“Over the season, these guys probably worked harder than any other group I coached.”
The Braves won both the Mid-Southern Conference tournament in Clarksville and the Mustang Invitational hosted by Edgewood.
At sectional, the Braves just missed the top-three cut for the regional as a team by placing fourth.
“At sectional, we didn’t finish where we wanted,” Allman said. “We shot for 323, but golf doesn’t always go how you plan it to.”
Braves senior Seth Berry was named most valuable golfer at the award ceremony.
Allman said that Berry was their “glue guy,” who consistently scored for the team during the season.
Berry, who advanced to the regional individually, was All-Mid-Southern Conference along with teammates Lute Lahrman and Hunter Browning.
Allman said that Berry was a four-time letter winner.
Jackson Wagner received honorable mention status at the MSC tourney, and he also received his letter jacket.
Lahrman was academic all-state, while Berry made the honorable mention list.
The most improved award went to Browning, who dropped nearly three strokes on both his 9- and 18-hole averages.
A mental attitude award was presented to Wagner.
Allman said that Wagner was a guy who “you wanted to be around, and has grown as much as anyone I’ve ever coached.”
The most valuable and mental attitude plaques were voted on by the team, Allman said.
A total of six varsity letter were handed out, including two first-timers.
Wagner, Lahrman and Berry will all graduate from the Braves’ program.