Bedford North Lawrence Boys Golf


BOYS GOLF: North clips BNL on tiebreaker

Fifth man decides

North’s victory

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington North edged Bedford North Lawrence by one stroke on the fifth-man tiebreaker on Tuesday afternoon.

Both teams posted four-player totals of 330 on the Indiana University course.

“Unfortunately, losing on a tiebreaker just reminds us how critical every four-foot putt is,” BNL coach Mike Wright said. “Or how a poor decision to be too aggressive can be costly.”

Trey Turner carded a 75 to pace the Stars. North’s Quinn Smith was the medalist with a 73.

Zakry Cummings posted an 83 while Lucas Fisher and Caleb Thorne had 86s for BNL, which matched its best 18-hole team score of the season.

“Top to bottom, we played fairly well,” Wright said. “Everyone who played in Saturday’s invitational (at the same course) improved their scores, which is a step in the right direction. I am proud of Lucas and how he has come on lately, and the same can be said for Caleb.”



BNL – Trey Turner 75, Zakry Cummings 83, Lucas Fisher 86, Alex Crane 94, Caleb Thorne 86, Jake McFadden 99, Brandon Meadway 108

Bl, North – Quinn Smith 73, Ian Bailey 85, Morgan Scherer, Daniel Melwid 88, Matthew Wernert 93, Calvin Costello 99, Liam Kincaid 97, Jory Shoup 115


BOYS GOLF: Stars finish eighth in North Invite

BLOOMINGTON – No.6 Avon won the Bloomington North Invitational on Saturday afternoon while Bedford North Lawrence finished eighth in the 15-team field.

Avon posted a team total of 306 on the Indiana University course to clip top-ranked Columbus North by two shots. No.8 Floyd Central was third with 317. The Stars, with most of the lineup getting their first look at the course that will host the sectional, carded 341.

“I can’t be too displeased because Trey (Turner) and Zakry (Cummings) had played the course once and no one else had seen it,” BNL coach Mike Wright said. Turner paced BNL with a 79.

“If we can manage to negotiate the tight fairways there, we can probably go lower,” Wright said. “I am hoping we learned some things that will help us in the sectional. It is really up to each individual not to backslide and really focus on the weeks ahead.”

Avon’s Keegan McKinney was the medalist with a 72 on a layout stretched out to 6,800 yards. Columbus North’s Christian Fairbanks and Avon’s Mark Whipple fired 74s..


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BOYS GOLF: Turner drives Stars to wins at Otis

Nic McHargue

Nic McHargue

Trey Turner

Trey Turner

Turner’s two-under 35

key as BNL conquers

Braves and Mustangs

Bedford North Lawrence junior Trey Turner discovered his golf game again on Thursday afternoon.

Turner carded a two-under 35 on the front nine at Otis Park, leading the Stars to wins over Brownstown and Edgewood. BNL posted a team total of 161, the Braves (who topped BNL in the BNL Invitational on Saturday) carded 177 and the Mustangs finished with 183.

Turner birdied the fourth and eighth holes – two of the tougher holes on that side – and did not suffer a bogey.

“I played a lot better,” Turner said. “I started hitting my driver a lot better, and keeping the ball in the fairway helped me a lot. I was able to hit a lot of greens.”

Turner crushed a tee shot to 50 yards on the 400-yard fourth, then lofted a wedge to seven feet for his first birdie. He tamed the eighth with a gap wedge to 10 feet.

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BOYS GOLF: Dogs shine, Stars stumble in BNL Invite

No.1 Columbus North

wins title while Stars

finish 14th in the field

By Justin Sokeland

Columbus North, ranked No.1 in the latest state poll, displayed its depth and measured up to its reputation during Saturday’s annual BNL Invitational at Otis Park.

Bedford North Lawrence did not meet any standard, whether against the 18-team field or against its rich history as an elite program.

Video: BNL Invitational highlights

The Bull Dogs threatened to erase the tournament record after a sensational front nine, then got humbled a little on the tricky back side. But they still overwhelmed the competition, posting a team total of 296 to overwhelm No.9 Jasper (314), No.22 Providence (319), No. 13 Madison (320) and the rest of the pack.

BNL got buried in the rubble, totaling 351 to finish 14th.

“Considering we shot 330 in an 18-hole meet here earlier, and considering there was no wind, I’m pretty disappointed in the whole day,” BNL coach Mike Wright said. “That’s not BNL golf. We’re young and inexperienced, but that excuse can’t fly any more. I have to do a better job of getting them ready to play.”

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BOYS GOLF: Stars top Paoli, Salem on front nine

Jake McFadden

Jake McFadden

Zakry Cummings

Zakry Cummings

Trey Turner

Trey Turner

Trey Turner posted a two-over 39 while leading Bedford North Lawrence to wins over Paoli and Salem on the front nine at Otis Park on Monday afternoon.

The Stars chipped off some strokes and posted a team total of 169 to conquer the Rams (184) and Lions (227).

“We are seeing a slight improvement in our team score,” BNL coach Mike Wright said. “The middle and bottom of the lineup is getting bunched up, which is a pretty good thing.”

Turner didn’t card a birdie but also avoided major mistakes. His only bogeys came on the first and seventh holes. Zakry Cummings overcame a sluggish start (playing the first four holes in five-over) to post a 43, and Jake McFadden had a 43 from the fifth spot in the lineup. Nic McHargue completed the BNL scoring with a 44.

“If we can, as a group, take a couple more strokes off – and that can be done on the putting green – we will be closer to where I’d like to see us,” Wright said.


BNL 169, Paoli 184, Salem 227

BNL – Trey Turner 39, Nic McHargue 44, Zakry Cummings 43, Lucas Fisher 46, Jake McFadden 43, Caleb Thorne 48

Paoli – Logan Andis 54, Nick Smith 45, Evan Jones 49, Kyle Street 43, Luke Becht 53, Conner Henderson 47

Salem – Rylie Smith 50, Jason Zink 53, Kellen Hazelip 59, Adam Fisher 69, Kade Roach 65


BOYS GOLF: BNL stumbles at Foxcliff

MARTINSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence dropped a 169-171 decision to Martinsville on the front nine at Foxcliff on Tuesday afternoon.

The Stars struggled on the par-36 layout, with no player able to break the 40 barrier. Freshman Zakry Cummings had a 41, sophomore Lucas Fisher added a 42, and junior Trey Turner posted a 42 despite a birdie on the final hole.

“I was pleased with the way Zakry played, for a freshman leading his team,” BNL coach Mike Wright said. “That is quite impressive and something he can be proud of. If we can get production like that and continue to improve on the back end of our lineup, we should improve our team scores as the year goes on.”

Baylor Payne was the medalist with a 39 for the Artesians.

“We have four home meets in a row,” Wright said. “It is truly important for us to get better in our short-iron game and putting game if we’re going to be competitive come sectional time.”


Martinsville 169, BNL 171

BNL scores – Trey Turner 42, Nic McHargue 46, Zakry Cummings 41, Jake McFadden 48, Lucas Fisher 42, Aaron Johnston 48, Brandon Meadway 51.

Martinsville scores – Baylor Payne 39, Carson Brinkley 48, Clayton Winters 47, Griffin Brinkley 43, Caleb Minor 44, James Tackett 43, Corey Craig 55.


BOYS GOLF: Stars finish 10th at Floyd Central

GALENA – Bedford North Lawrence finished 10th in the 17-team Floyd Central Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Valley View.

The Stars, with no player posting a score in the 70s, carded a team total of 345. Jasper won the event with 312, Corydon was second with 325, and Providence was third with 327.

“It’s another experience,” BNL coach Mike Wright said. “Competition and experience are what we have to have.”

Trey Turner struggled with his putting and posted an 81 while sophomore Nic McHargue made strides with an 82. Freshman Zakry Cummings added an 86 on the par-71 layout.

“I have to remind myself that Trey was the only one to ever see the course,” Wright said. “I have to be realistic. My expectations might be a little higher than they should be.”

Floyd Central Invitational

Team scores – Jasper 312, Corydon 325, Providence 327, Center Grove 332, Evansville North 333, Madison 333, Bloomington South 336, Columbus East 344, Floyd Central 344, BNL 345, New Albany 349, Scottsburg 355, Zionsville 356, Seymour 357, Jeffersonville 365, North Harrison 387, Salem 447

BNL scores – Trey Turner 81, Nic McHargue 82, Zakry Cummings 86, Lucas Fisher 99, Jake McFadden 96



BOYS GOLF: South ruins BNL’s home debut


Trey Turner

Bloomington South ruined Bedford North Lawrence’s home debut at Otis Park as the Panthers posted a 326-330 victory over the Stars on Thursday afternoon.

BNL junior Trey Turner was the medalist with a three-over 75 that included three birdies, but the Panthers answered his star power with across-the-board depth. Drew Turnbull and Sam Karcher both paced South with 80s.

Turner opened with birdies on the par-five fifth and sixth holes before he yanked his tee shot out of bounds on the par-four eighth and doubled the hole. He faltered with consecutive bogeys on holes 12-14, then rebounded with a birdie on the par-five 17th.

“We’re going to run out of things to talk about with Trey,” BNL coach Mike Wright said. “He’s the guy we can run out there and know what we’re going to get. We just need to surround him with help.”

BNL couldn’t come up with solid scores lower in its youthful lineup. Sophomore Nic McMcHargue posted 84, freshman Zakry Cummings fired an 85 and sophomore Lucas Fisher added an 86 to complete the scoring.

“Depth is our big problem and will probably be on ongoing problem,” Wright said. “We made a lot of mistakes, with balls out of bounds and missed short putts. Just looking at the scores, that got us beat. We’re so green we don’t understand the concepts of team golf, but that will come with experience.”


Bloomington South 326, BNL 330

Bloomington South – Zach Walters 84, Ben Dawson 85, Sam Karcher 80, Drew Turnbull 80, Nick Elliott 86, Nick Burris 82, Jacob Holbrook 96

BNL – Trey Turner 75, Nic McHargue 84, Zakry Cummings 85, Lucas Fisher 86, Caleb Thorne 90, Jake McFadden 87, Aaron Johnston 99.


Boys Golf: BNL finishes fifth at Seymour Invite


Trey Turner

SEYMOUR – Bedford North Lawrence junior Trey Turner stumbled over the final two holes but still finished second in the season-opening Seymour Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Shadowood.

Turner posted a 78 in the windy conditions. He closed with a double-bogey on the 17th and a bogey on the 18th to finish one stroke back of Columbus North’s Ian Smith.

“I would have liked to have come in first, but for the first round of the year, it was good,” Turner said. :It was good to get out against competition.”

Turner’s key was solid iron play in the breeze. His tee shots cost him the dropped strokes in the final two holes. “I hit the ball well today, although the driver was a little everywhere,” he said.

His teammates were battered by the wind. The Stars finished fifth in the 11-team field with a team total of 348. Top-ranked Columbus North won the event with 313, easily conquering Bloomington North (335), Jennings County (337) and Bloomington South (341).

“It was trough scoring for the kids, mainly from the lack of practice time for everyone,” BNL coach Mike Wright said. “The scores kind of blew up on the back nine. But it was a good learning experience. We knew going in what we have, we just need to get some playing time, some experience to build from there.”

Freshman Zakry Cummings carded an 86 and sophomore Nic MaHargue added an 89 for the Stars.



Team scores – Columbus North 313, Bloomington North 335, Jennings County 337, Bloomington South 341, BNL 348, Columbus East 353, Batesville 381, Seymour 383, Bloomington South ‘B’ 386, Lafayette Jeff 390, Jennings County ‘B’ 392.

Individual scores

BNL – Trey Turner 78, Nic McHargue 89, Zakry Cummings 86, Caleb Thorne 95, Will Upham 123



BOYS GOLF: BNL gearing up for transition

Mike Wright

Mike Wright

Stars face new year

with many new faces

By Justin Sokeland

The wheels in the Bedford North Lawrence golf machine continue to grind.

Video: Stars preparing for 2013

This spring, coach Mike Wright might need to apply a little grease, if the program with 17 sectional titles, 8 regional championships and 13 appearances in the state finals is to transition smoothly to a new era.

Change is widespread. The Stars lost four starters and their sectional at Otis Park. They will defend that title at the Indiana University course, part of the state tournament format switch to 30 sectionals and five regionals (compared to 28 sectionals and seven regionals in the past).

Trey Turner

Trey Turner

“We will have a lot of unknowns,” Wright said.

The graduation losses were huge, with the departure of Chase Wagner (a state finalist last year), Jon Bohnenkamp, Alex Root and Brandon Baugh. One thing BNL can count on? Trey Turner at the top of the lineup.

Turner, a state finalist as an individual in 2011, is the lone returning veteran. Much is expected.

“He’ll have to lead us in scoring, and by example in practice,” Wright said. “It will be a challenge for him. He has the leadership role, but I can’t think of too many people I’d rather have in that spot.”

Turner, who got a late start on the course because of his role as a starting guard on the basketball team, will have to find his form quickly. ‘I think there’s a little bit of pressure,” he said. “But as long as everybody plays the way they’re capable of playing, we’ll be OK.”

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