No.3 South blows past BNL at windy Otis Park

BNL’s Coleson Stiles tracks a putt on the fourth green during Tuesday’s 18-hole match with Bloomington South at Otis Park. Stiles carded a 79, but the No.3 Panthers conquered the Stars 305-338.

By Justin Sokeland

BEDFORD – Bedford North Lawrence finally made its belated home debut for the 2024 season, only to face a formidable foe and a golf course whipped into an ill temper by a snarling wind. The Stars were buffeted by both.

No.3 Bloomington South displayed its talent and toughness, carding a team total of 306 during an 18-hole dual match with BNL on Tuesday afternoon at Otis Park. The Stars, paced by Coleson Stiles, finished with 338.

The Panthers handled the conditions in style, posting three scores in the 70s. Happy Gilmore, a Ball State recruit, earned medalist honors with a 2-over 74, Luke Garrett added a 75, and Connor Byon fired a 77.

Stiles joined that threesome in that scoring range with a 79, while Tyler Bellush finished with 81.

“Coleson played really well,” BNL coach Trey Turner said. “He played a steady round and made putts when he needed to. We had some guys who went through a couple of rough stretches over the course of the round, but I thought we hit the ball really well.”

Drew McKee (who nearly holed out his second shot on the fourth hole) totaled an 86 and Parker Foddrill added 92 to complete BNL’s scoring.

BNL will host New Albany on Thursday.

Bloomington South 306, BNL 338

South – Happy Gilmore 74, Connor Byon 77, Colton Watson 80, Luke Garrett 75, Carson Gady 85, Owen Gerber 81

BNL – Drew McKee 86, Tyler Bellush 81, Dillon Lewis 95, Coleson Stiles 79, Parker Foddrill 92, Carson Root 93

BNL’s Tyler Bellush cracks a tee shot on his way to an 81.