By Josh Brown
SPRINGFIELD — Two tournaments, two victories.
The Tippecanoe Red Devils turned a season-opening win on Wednesday into the beginnings of a roll, claiming a victory with a team score of 363 at the Central Buckeye Conference preview tournament Friday at Reid Park.
Tori Merrick led a balanced Tippecanoe squad with a score of 83, Ally Chitwood shot an 87, Sammie Rowland shot 93, Taylor Hudson rounded out the scoring with a 100 and Lydia Steuve added a 113.
Tippecanoe has two more tournaments this week — the Sycamore Invitational on Tuesday and the Versailles Invitational Thursday — before a tri-match against Butler and Chaminade Julienne Friday.
* Bethel Boys
BRANDT — With all of the returning talent it boasts this year, Bethel is taking aim at a Cross County Conference title.
Three returning Bees were first team All-CCC last year. Senior Tyler Brookhart is a four-year letterwinner, senior Nick Lightcap is a three-year letterwinner and junior Tyler Weinert is a three-year letterwinner and two-time All-CCC honoree. Senior Connor Hockett also returns, and they will be joined by newcomers junior Christian White, senior Devon Truman and sophomore Adam Donahue.
“Our top four guys have a lot of experience from the last couple of years and have played a lot of golf this summer,” Bethel boys golf coach Brett Brookhart said. “We feel we can compete for the CCC title, and as is every year, our goal is to qualify for the district tournament.
“We performed well at our CCC preview and look forward to the season. Hopefully we can get our five-through-seven players to improve in case one of our top four has an off night.”
* Covington Girls
COVINGTON — First-year Covington girls golf coach Adam Sweigart takes over a young Buccaneers team that is still short on experience but will work to improve as the season progresses.
One boon for the team, though, will be returner Addison Metz. Metz was first team All-Cross County Conference last year and carried the lowest average from last year’s team.
“this is my first year coaching, and our inexperience will show during the season,” Sweigart said. “The six athletes we have can produce good numbers, but they will need to continue to develop their skills throughout the season. A lot of our players are multi-sport athletes, and the basic skills can help guide them to solid results during our season.”
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