News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 26, 2014

Sullivan third, South fourth in Bob Arnett Invitational

Tom Reck
Tribune-Star Correspondent

TERRE HAUTE — Indianapolis North Central has been a regular in the Terre Haute South Braves/Bob Arnett Invitational for boys high school golf teams played at Rea Park.

The Panthers shot 306 on Saturday and went home with the team trophy, outscoring 15 teams in the event played in sunny, warm and sometimes windy conditions.

“We are an experienced team and have had some good numbers in trials and tryouts [but] we have been up and down. It’s the first time in six years that we have won. … I was pleased with the consistency. We had four players shoot in the 70s,” said coach Leo Hodes.

Jackson Juerlong and Jack Geshay each had 75 for the winners. Ari Gerstein and Nick Stewart each had 78.

Greencastle shot 313 to take second, edging Vincennes Rivet with 314.  Rounding out the top eight were Sullivan 316, South 318, Brownsburg 322, Terre Haute North 329 and Northview 330.

Brownsburg is currently ranked 14th in the state, Sullivan 19th.

Brownsburg sophomore Luke Kelly was medalist with a 1-under-par 71. Nathan Pirtle of Sullivan and Alec Davis of Greencastle were next with 72s while Adam LaGrange of North and Luke Brotherton of Greencastle each had 73s to round out the top five.

Drew Cahill paced the host team with 75 and Keegan Roembke had 77 to lead Northview.

Kelly went 33-38 for his 71 and took medalist honors in a tournament for the second week in a row. He also was low in the Danville Invitational with 73.

The 71 was his best score of the year. He had six birdies and five bogeys. “The greens were tough. You had to keep it below the hole,” Kelly said.

Pirtle was second low medalist for the second week in a row after notching medalist honors in the Northview Invitational. He had four birdies. “I hit the ball well off the tee. I couldn’t get anything going,” he said.

Davis had a chance to tie for medalist honors but 3-putted No. 18. He had a birdie and an eagle on No. 16 and Brotherton had an eagle on No. 18.

LaGrange was 36-37 in shooting 73. “I had nine pars in a row and had a couple birdies on the back,” said the North senior, who said he has decided to attend Embry-Riddle Areronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., and play golf.

• Arnett on hand — South coach Chris Cassell said he wanted his players to feel about him as he has felt about Bob Arnett, his coach.

Arnett coached high school golf for 27 years, coaching both girls and boys teams at South. He said he had “seven or eight” boys teams reach the state finals.

One of them finished second, losing to Carmel by one shot at Prestwick. “It doesn’t seem that it has been 17 years since I got out of coaching,” he said.

Arnett also wrote The Rub of the Green, a column for the Tribune-Star, and closed those columns, “Keep your head down and your shoestrings tied.” That sentence was printed on T-shirts made especially for the tournament.

Bob Arnett Invitational

Team scores — Indianapolis North Central 306, Greencastle 313, Vincennes Rivet 314, Sullivan 316, Terre Haute South 318, Brownsburg 322, Terre Haute North 329, Northview 330, Bloomington North 346, Terre Haute South B 350, Speedway 358, North Central B 358, TH North B 358, TH South C 360, West Vigo 373, Linton no score (three players)

North Central (306) — Jackson Juerlong 75, Jack Geshay 75, A.J. Hamilton 86, Ari Gerstein 78, Nick Stewart 78.

Greencastle (313) — Alec Davis 72, Luke Brotherton 73, Jake Buis 83, Tanner Dean 85, Carl Basile 90.

Vincennes Rivet (314) — Tom Webster 77, Alex Halter 77, Robbie Waggoner 81, Brandon Brian 79, Aaron Pea 83.

Sullivan (316) — Nathan Pirtle 72, Colten Kuppler 76, Luke Willis 85, Riley Pirtle 84, Jace Moody 84.

Terre Haute South (318) — Drew Cahill 75, Ryan Cahill 78, Gregory Stultz 83, Braxton McIntyre 82, Darin Pemberton 87.

Brownsburg (322) — Luke Kelly 71, Andrew Edwards 77, Landon Mundell 88, Jake Knapp 87, Cameron Pittman 87.

Terre Haute North (329) — Adam LaGrange 73, Cam Lewellyn 82, Nathan Higbie 88, Luke Young 86, Jaret Morlan 96.

Northview (330) — Blake Bennett 83, Keegan Roembke 77, Seth Payton 87, Sam Grimes 83, Nick McCollum 89.

Bloomington North (346) — Ian Bailey 77, Calvin Costello 81, Cam Cochran 93, Liam Deckard 97, Sam Jackson 95.

TH South B (350) — Pierce Gordon 88, Will Cammack 84, Will Buchanan 89, Lex Anderson 89, Andrew Martinez 93.

Speedway (358) — Will Jackman 89, Justin Williams 89, Cory Elam 94, Cole Elam 86, Joe Curran 96

North Central B (358) — Conner Stroke 82, Jack Morel 92, Reggie Arnett 90, Logan Giesler 94, Cory Lents 99

TH North B (358) — Gunar Alumbaugh 82, Tyler Tuberosa 110, Dominic DeSantis 95, Luke Dugger 89, Jacob Asay 92.

TH South C (360) — Evan Steppe 84, Jacob English 79, Nick Payne 98, Luke Higgins 99, Conner Kerr 126.

West Vigo (373) — Nick Leek 90, Nate Keith 95, Kyle Marshall 105, David McClain 97, Tyler Wilson 91.

Linton —Zach Hall 87, Jacob Gregory 90, Dave Kanen 103.


84 — Shane Lunsford (Northview) 45-39, Austin Roloff (Northview) 41-43

109 — Tanner Horton (THS) 56-53

124 — Garrett Harris (WV) 61-63

Individual leaders

71 — Luke Kelly (Br) 33-38

72 — Nathan Pirtle (Su) 35-37, Alec Davis (Gr) 36-36

73 — Adam LaGrange (THN) 36-37, Luke Brotherton (Gr) 40-33

75 — Drew Cahill (THS) 38-37, Jackson Juerlong (INC) 37-38, Jack Geshay (INC) 38-37

76 — Colten Kuppler (Su) 38-38

77 — Ian Bailey (BN) 39-38, Keegan Roembke (Nv) 39-38, Andrew Edwards (Br) 39-38, Tom Webster (VR) 40-33, Alex Halter (VR)

78 — Ryan Cahill (THS) 37-41, Ari Gerstein (INC) 40-38, Nick Stewart (INC) 38-40s

79 — Jacob English (THS C) 40-39, Brandon Brian (VR) 43-36

Note: Aaron Pea of Vincennes Rivet recorded a hole-in-one on No. 3.