BICKNELL — Tristen Dubbs nearly shot even par, settling for a medalist round of 1-over-par 71, and South Knox’s boys golf team dominated in successfully defending its county title Tuesday at High Pointe.
The Spartans shot 308, defeating runner-up Rivet by 74 strokes. Rivet’s 382 was one better than Lincoln’s score, while North Knox shot 461.
South Knox carded four of the top five scores. Coleton Hostetler and Lucas Beard shot 77s and Rahul Bajaj tallied an 83. Zac Schmidt had 96 and Luke Williams 100.
Spartans coach Zach Abel said it was the third time this season that his team had shot a school-best score on a course.
“I was pretty proud. It was nice to see that we can still go out there and shoot a team score that we shot earlier in the year,” said Abel, whose team has battled inconsistency this season. “We have four guys capable of scoring, and scoring well. Everybody played well and everybody was focused.
“Tristen bogeyed the first hole on a silly mistake, but birdied the next hole and just kept going,” he said. “We’ve had bad holes at times this season where we didn’t bounce back from, but today we did from top to bottom.”
Rivet’s Christian Steinger was the only county golf to break up the Spartans top four golfers, shooting an 82. Others scoring for the Patriots were James Hancock 87, Austin Finch 98 and Wes Murawski 115. Jack Whitsett had 132.
“I was pleased with what we done as a team. I know the boys were surprised to see where we finished. I hope it gives them some extra confidence,” Patriots coach Chris Steininger said. “Christian and James led the way, but both of them left some shots out there.”
Trevor Stenger and Luke Lange paced the Alices with rounds of 83 and 84. Jackson Glosser and Kyle Stenger fired 108s to complete the scoring. Lathan Thomas and Jayden Hunter had 109.
“We played OK. We struggled on the front nine and had a little trouble getting going this morning. But after that we got going pretty well,” Lincoln coach Blake Claycomb said. “We have to minimize the big numbers. We didn’t do that today and that hurt the final score. Trevor and Luke played pretty well once they got into the rhythm of the match.”
Ian Kixmiller led the Warriors with an 88. Chris Kaetzel had 115, Billy Keene 124 and Cavan Lemberg 134.
All four county teams play in the Vincennes Sectional at the Country Club of Old Vincennes at 10 a.m. Friday.