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Trojans roll to county golf crown

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The Center Grove boys golf team is on a roll heading toward the sectional.

On Monday, the seventh-ranked Trojans posted a team score of 288 at the eight-team Mooresville Invitational at Heartland Crossing, with all five starters producing scores in the 70s.

Then Tuesday, the Trojans stood head and shoulders above the competition at the Johnson County Tournament at Timbergate Golf Course in Edinburgh. With a team score of 290, the Trojans finished well ahead of runner-up Franklin.

The Grizzly Cubs were second with 325, followed by Greenwood (346), Whiteland (368), Indian Creek (398) and Edinburgh (410).

Earning medalist honors with a 3-under-par 69 was Center Grove junior Austin Crowder.

“We hope the kind of momentum we’re building is going to put us in a very good position at Friday’s sectional at Heartland Crossing,” Crowder said.

The sectional will feature 12 teams — all seven Johnson County high schools, including Greenwood Christian Academy, plus Roncalli, Southport, Perry Meridian, Lutheran and Beech Grove.

“I think that course (Heartland) fits well for every one of our games,” Crowder said. “It’s not too long, and I think we’re ready to tear it up again.”

Crowder said the team members knew they had something special coming in this season.

“I think everyone is dedicated and committed and just being all about team. We go to practice every day and compete against one another to make us better, and it’s really paying off now,” he said.

“Golf’s a funny game. One day you’re going to be on it, and one day you’re going to be off. You just have to stay with it and compete every day.”

Named to the All-County Team were Crowder, junior teammates Christopher Heck, who shot a one-under-par 71, Zack Carrabine (73) and Hayden Martin (76); and Greenwood freshman Jaden Hornbeak (76).

Leading the way for Franklin were seniors Ben Eads (79), Blake Andrews (82) and Austin Barnhizer (84).

For Greenwood, Hornbeak was low, followed by Spencer Jackson (80) and Ryne Miller (87). Whiteland senior Jacob Lewis carded a 78 for the fourth-place Warriors.

Center Grove will put in a practice round today at Heartland Crossing in preparation for the sectional.

“We’ve proved we know how to compete with the best of the best,” Crowder said. “I think we’re finally getting the respect we deserve. We feel like we have a good shot at winning a state title.”

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