Shorthanded Stars finish 12th in Washington Invitational

MONTGOMERY – BNL’s Tyler Bellush tracks a tee shot during action in the Washington Invitational on Saturday. Bellush posted an 86 as the Stars finished 12th in the 17-team field. Courtesy photo.

MONTGOMERY – With over half of its usual lineup absent, Bedford North Lawrence finished 12th in the Washington Invitational at Country Oaks during boys high school golf action on Saturday.

The Stars, with prom festivities accounting for most of the roster shuffling, fired a team total of 368. Bloomington South, with three golfers among the top five individuals, posted 297 to win the regional-preview tournament.

Tyler Bellush paced BNL with 86 while Houston Corbin carded 90.

“We played without (Jett) Jones and (Colton) Staggs, and Dillon Lewis is out with an injury,” BNL coach Jeff Hein said. “It was good experience for some of our younger guys today. The course was set up like the regional with back tees and tough pins.”

Carson Root posted 95 and Drew McKee completed the BNL scoring with 97.

“The more often we play there, the better we should get,” Hein said. “When we play there later in the season, it will be with our full team and should help prepare us for the postseason.

MONTGOMERY – BNL’s Houston Corbin launches a tee shot at Country Oaks. Courtesy photo

“Just like last year, it appears the third spot (at the regional) is open. South and Evansville North should get out to state. Jasper appears to be the favorite at this time for the third spot. Our goal has to be to be better than them in June.”

Happy Gilmore paced the Panthers with an even-par 72, a strong score matched by Gibson Southern’s Peyton Blackard and Jasper’s Caleb Schnarr for medalist honors.

BNL will return to full strength when it visits New Albany on Thursday.


Team scores – Bloomington South 297, Evansville North 301, Jasper 317, Floyd Central 318, Evansville Mater Dei 335, Evansville Memorial 336, Castle 340, Washington 346, Forest Park 352, South Knox 363, Springs Valley 366, BNL 368, Mt. Vernon 369, Sullivan 385, Barr-Reeve 398, Evansville Central 399, Washington Catholic 415

BNL scores – Houston Corbin 90, Tyler Bellush 86, Drew McKee 97, Carson Root 95, Parker Foddrill 104

Top individuals – Gilmore, South 72; Blackard, Gibson Southern 72; Schnarr, Jasper 72; Bellush, South 74; Byon, South 74; Sohn, Evansville North 74