Coach Andy Hofer, center, with golfers, Cohen Hennessy, Oliver Perkins, Ethan Huntsman, Casey Chisham and Jacob Starnes, show off their ribbons after taking third in the Crispus Attucks sectional tournament and advancing to the regional.
By Steve Page
Good and getting better.
That’s the opinion of Decatur Central boys’ golf coach Andy Hofer after the Hawks completed another successful season at the June 11 IHSAA regional tournament at Country Oaks Golf Club in the southern Indiana town of Washington.
DC concluded its year by shooting a team total of 403 strokes in the state’s penultimate round.
“It was a good year,” Hofer said. “We’re really excited to see what next year has to offer.”
For the Hawks, just getting to the regional was a feat in itself. They took the third, and final, qualifying spot in the Crispus Attucks sectional at South Grove. They totaled 363 strokes, three better than Ben Davis.
“We have two really solid schools in the sectional – Brebeuf and Covenant Christian,” Hofer noted, “but we played well enough to beat Ben Davis and secure that third spot.
“We got out. We didn’t do it in spectacular fashion, but it was a decent score, better than all the other schools.”
To arrive at that juncture, DC needed a team effort. Casey Chisham led the way by carding a round of 47-38—85. Cohen Hennessy and Oliver Perkins shot identical rounds of 44-48—92. Ethan Huntsman capped the team scoring at 44-50—94. Jacob Starnes, competing in the fifth, tie-breaking spot, finished at 52-56—106.
The coach offered a look at each of his regulars, especially in the sectional advancement.
“Casey Chisham shot 85. He’s a senior, so we will be losing him,” Hofer said. “That will be a big loss for our team. He brought a lot of leadership to the team.
“Cohen Hennessy is coming back as a junior. He played Number 1 most of the year, and should be a great asset the next couple years.
“Oliver Perkins shot 92 as well. So he will be good for next year. He’s a hockey player. The hockey and golf schedules do not mesh well, but he played No. 4. He came in as a sophomore, and really helped the team.
“Ethan Huntsman rounded out the Top 4 that day. He’ll be a senior next year, and will be a really good player. He shot 88 in the Ritter Invite at Eagle Creek. He was our top scorer there in our opening tournament. I really think he’s got more to offer.
“Jacob Starnes played in the Top 5. He will be a senior next year. He was our most improved player, last year to this year. He really worked on his game. He was in the mid-40’s most of the year, so I’m really encouraged. He played in the sectional and the regional. If we gave an award for most improved, Jacob Starnes would probably win that one.”
There’s more. Much more, according to Hofer.
“We have six returners next year, and our middle school coach says he had 13 players this year,” the coach said. “That’s really encouraging to see growth in our feeder system. We’re seeing the benefits of the middle-school program.
“We have the head pro at Winding River, Doug Rushton, as an assistant. It really helps our program, having him. We want to keep growing next year.”