Madison's Trent Jameison shot a 79 to earn all conference honorable mention honors. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Madison's Trent Jameison shot a 79 to earn all conference honorable mention honors. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Floyd Central edged Bedford North Lawrence on a fifth-man tie-breaker to win the Hoosier Hills Conference boys golf championship held at Sunrise Golf Course in Madison on Monday.

Both teams shot a 315 under chilly and windy conditions but Floyd’s fifth man was two strokes better than Bedford’s to give the Highlanders the conference crown.

Madison placed third on its home course with a 325 while New Albany was fourth with a 328 followed by Jeffersonville (342), Jennings County (344), Seymour (351) and Columbus East (355).

Although the Cubs were happy to get third place behind the two favorites, there was also some disappointment considering that the team was playing on a course tthe players know like the back of their hands.

“I definitely feel like we should have done better. Especially when our No. 1 was sitting at the turn at even-par,” Madison coach Chris Connor said. “This is the time of the year when you want to feel like you’re getting better and the last couple of matches, we’ve gone south. We’ve still got some work to do.”

Madison’s top three golfers all played well but each left his share of shots on the course.

No player had it rougher than Drew Barron playing in the No. 1 spot. Barron finished the first nine holes with an even-par 36, but opened the back nine with a double-bogey on the par-3 10th hole and it didn’t get much better after that. Back-to-back holes bad with a double-bogey on 15 and a quadruple bogey on 16 sank Barron to an eight-over on the back nine and an 80 overall.

Trent Jameison and Luke Ommen each went the opposite direction for the Cubs, shrugging off tough front nines both played well on the back side and finish with 79s, good for all-conference honorable mention.

Landon McDowell shaved a stroke off his score on the back and finished with an 87 to round out Madison’s scoring while Dylan Eblen shot a 96 with a four-stroke improvement on the back nine.

While the Cubs 325 final score wasn’t bad, what hurt the Cubs the most was the fact that a 314 would have won the title. For Connor, that’s a score that is more than in his team’s reach.

“We should have (won it). Maybe I’ve been spoiled over the past couple of years, but I feel like this team can come close to that,” Connor said. “We just haven’t seen that yet.”

While Columbus East posted the highest team score, the Olympians also had the lowest individual as Kody Reynolds carded a one-under 71 to win the conference championship.

New Albany’s Nolan Keeler shot a 75 for second and Bedford North Lawrence’s Ethan Stanley had a 76 for third while Floyd Central’s Harrison Eades and Jennings County’s Bryce Kirchner both had 77s to round out the all-HHC First Team selections.

Joining Jameison and Ommen as honorable mentions were Floyd Central’s Judson Dukes with a 78 and Bedford’s Cole Sanders and Cameron Jeskewich and Floyd Central’s Christian McIntosh, all with 79s.

Madison’s next meet is the Providence Invitational at Champions Pointe Golf Course on Saturday, May 25.