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Curwensville struggles with putting in loss to Brookville
Thursday, September 26, 2013
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
LUMBER CITY - The Curwensville boys golf team has had their struggles this season after a 4-1 start to the campaign. Ever since, the Tide have not been able to put all facets of their game together and it continued with putting on Wednesday afternoon.
Jason Thorp and Brett Gardner led Curwensville, carding a 38 and 44, respectively.
But they could not keep up with Brookville, who had all six golfers shoot in the 40s in the Raiders' 168-189 win over Curwensville at Eagles Ridge Golf Club.
"We have to get better with putting," said Curwensville head coach Mike Bookhamer. "We're just missing too many easy putts.
"Sometimes we get too overly aggressive. Right now, it comes down to putting. That's where you can really lower your scores is the chipping and putting. Hopefully we can get out there on Thursday and Friday and work on that a little bit."
Thorp and Gardner were aided by pars on the second and fourth holes, while Thorp also added pars on No. 6 and No. 7.
Mike Fleming, Curwensville's third golfer, posted pars on Nos. 2, 3 and 6 for the Tide's only other pars on the day. The Tide did not record any birdies in the meet.
Brookville's Jack Huggins had the only birdie in the meet on No. 4, a par-5 455-yard hole. The birdie led him to a round of 40, beating teammate Jacob McLaughlin by one stroke for the Raiders' lowest round.
"I don't think this course is all that easy, but some of these other kids are coming in here and taking it to the course," said Bookhamer. "We're struggling right now. We're trying to finish the season and my motto has always been finish strong."
Gage Baughman had the third lowest score for the Tide with a 53, while Fleming came in the clubhouse a stroke higher. Josh McGarry and Logan Afton each carded a 61.
Jordan Tosh finished in third place for Brookville, while Tate Canavan placed fourth with a 45. Levi Roseman and Espy Reinard also scored for Brookville with both carding a 49.
Thorp and Gardner will take part in the second round of the District 9 Championships on Saturday at Pennhills in Bradford.
Gardner shot a 74 in the first round on Monday and is leading the tournament, while Thorp is tied for 10th place after carding an 80 on Monday.
"Jason and Brett are ready," said Bookhamer. "Brett will have to shoot a little bit better than he did today, but he's doing well. He has always shot well up at Bradford."
Gardner is two strokes ahead of Elk County Catholic's Elliot Struble, who is a returning state qualifier, for the lead.
Curwensville dipped to 4-7 on the season and hosts Clearfield on Oct. 3 in the team's final meet of the season.
"We're limping into the home stretch and we have one more match," said Bookhamer. "I'd like to go out a winner there."

Jack Huggins 40, Jacob McLaughlin 41, Jordan Tosh 42, Tate Canavan 45. Others: Levi Roseman 49, Espy Reinard 49.
Jason Thorp 38, Brett Gardner 44, Gage Baughman 53, Mike Fleming 54. Others: Josh McGarry 61, Logan Afton 61.

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