Defending champion Center Grove captured the Johnson County Boys Golf Tournament at Timbergate Golf Course in Edinburgh on Tuesday, beating its nearest opponent by 16 strokes.
The Trojans had a team score of 307, while Franklin Community and Greenwood each had a 323. The Grizzly Cubs, by virtue of a fifth players score, took second place and the Woodmen third.
Entering the championship round, Center Grove and Franklin were tied with team scores of 154.
However, the Trojans were bolstered by the second-day play of sophomore Hayden Martin, who carded a 73. Austin Crowder picked up his play from the first day and finished with a 1-under-par 35, giving him an 18-hole round of 75.
Sophomores Christopher Heck had a 78, and Zack Carabine finished with an 81.
Franklin senior Noah Ludwig, who had a 2-under-par 34 on Monday, had a 39 on the back nine for a 73, tying Martin’s 73.
Martin took top medalist honors against Ludwig, winning in a one-hole playoff.
“Everything feels pretty great right now. I wasn’t really expecting all of this, but there’s more to come in the next two years,” Martin said.
“One of the problems I’ve had in the last couple years has been keeping my composure. I knew that if I kept my head, I could turn in some low scores this year like I did today.”
Other scores for Franklin included an 83 by Jacob Hash, Ben Eads finished with an 84, Austin Barnhizer carded an 89 and Spencer Wood a 96.
For Greenwood, senior Chandler Mitchell, last year’s tournament medalist, finished play with a 77. Fellow senior Kyle Clark was next with an 80, and junior Kaleb Weddle had an 82, while Ryne Miller and Collin Lamberth combined on a fifth player score for 104.
Whiteland finished fourth with a team score of 356. Indian Creek (357) was fifth, and Edinburgh (403) finished sixth.
Leading the way for the Warriors was Colton Buck with an 81. Low scorer for the Braves was Blake Andrews with a 78; and for Edinburgh, Chris Quillen had a 92.