Stars start to warm up with front-nine wins over Salem and Paoli

BNL’s Jett Jones stares down a tee shot during Monday’s tour of the front nine at Otis Park. Jones carded a 2-over 39 as the Stars posted wins over Salem and Paoli.

By Justin Sokeland

BEDFORD – Global warming could not be proven by the playing conditions that have buffeted Bedford North Lawrence thus far during this alleged Spring. Over a month into the season, as the Stars returned to the home fires of Otis Park, and a bonfire sounds pretty cozy right now.

The Stars would take some climate change. They settled for scenery shift and a crisp. windless day to card wins over Paoli and Salem on Monday afternoon. Paced by Jett Jones and his two birdies, BNL carded a warm-up 166 on the front nine while conquering the Lions (192) and Rams (221) to start a busy week.

Jones posted a 2-over 39 that featured birdies on the fifth and ninth holes (plus a wayward glitch on the eighth tee), and BNL added consistent scores from the rest of the lineup. Colton Staggs (42), Tyler Bellush (42 with birdies on the first and sixth) and Houston Corbin (43 with a birdie on seven) were bunched together, and Dillon Lewis added a 43 from deeper in the pack.

BNL’s Houston Corbin studies a putt on the fourth green en route to a par.

“Jett played well,” BNL coach Jeff Hein said. “That’s as consistent in the top four as we’ve been. We had some good scores. I’d like to go a little lower than 166, but it was good enough. Hopefully we will continue to improve.”

Considering the conditions for this first month of the season have been more sour Scottish than humid Hoosier, with long sleeves and toboggans still a key part of the wardrobe, BNL’s best scoring should still be ahead.

“I think we’re getting close,” Hein said. “We’ve played in some bad conditions this spring, a lot of cold and wind. Once the weather gets into the 70s and 80s, it will help.”

Nate Henry paced Salem with a 46, while Jonny Shellenberger carded 48 for Paoli.

BNL will visit Columbus North on Tuesday, then bribe the weatherman for dry skies when it hosts the annual BNL Invitational on Saturday.

BNL’s Colton Staggs rips a drive off the fourth tee while carding a 42 on the front nine.

BNL 166, Salem 192, Paoli 221

BNL – Jett Jones 39, Colton Staggs 42, Tyler Bellush 42, Houston Corbin 43, Drew McKee 47, Carson Root 44, Dillon Lewis 43, Parker Foddrill 51

Paoli – Jonny Shellenberger 48, Brian Fullington 50, Chad Sullivan 62, Lucas Stroud 61, Carson Neal 71, Brayden Hayes 64

Salem – Hunter Trainor 48, Alex Wilcox 49, Nate Henry 46, Mason Rippy 52, Holden Collins 50, Evan Smedley 53, Rhilee Bullock 49