By Dave Pearce
Posey County’s most decorated golfer had a busy weekend. On Friday, he helped coach the North Posey High School girls’ golf team to their second straight Mount Vernon Invitational golf title. On Saturday and Sunday, Wassmer shot rounds of 68 and 65 to take a place atop the leaderboard in the Evansville Courier and Press Men’s Invitational.
Much like her coach, North Posey junior Maggie Camp claimed medalist honors at Mount Vernon. Camp shot a 75 at Western Hills Country Club course in Mount Vernon to help her team take the trophy.
“We won but our scores are still not as good as they can be,” Wassmer said of his team’s effort. “But they are getting there.”
Early so far this season, the girls have played in three invitational tournaments.
“We finished eighth out of 21 teams down at Fuzzy’s (Zoeller) Course down at Covered Bridge,” Wassmer said. “I think we finished fifth or sixth at the Gibson Southern Invitational but we didn’t play very well. Although Maggie finished second individually.”
Wassmer said he is proud of his team’s accomplishment but he knows they still have some improving to do.
“I just want to say that we still have our best golf ahead of us,” Wassmer said. “The girls are working hard and before it is over, I think we are going to have a pretty good year. Obviously we would like to get out of our sectional again and contend to get to state. We still have a lot of work to do before we get there. We would like to win the PAC again and get a chance to make it to state.”
Camp represented North Posey at the State Golf Championships last year and everyone returned from last year’s regional-qualifying team. Three other golfers have joined the team this season, Wassmer’s daughter, Lauren Gibbs, and Madison Werry.
Mount Vernon, who hosted Saturday’s Invitational, had only two girls go out for golf this year so they did not register a team score.
After watching his team take the title on Friday, Wassmer had pressing issues of his own over the weekend.
Brad Niemann, Wassmer and former USI and Mater Dei player Nick Frazer all made a date to play together Saturday in the third round of the Evansville Championship at Rolling Hills. All finished with two-day totals of 133. Wassmer’s 68 came at Helfrich and the 65 came at Fendrich.
The trio holds a one-shot lead over former Princeton Tiger and 2010 champion Matt Hancock, who stands at 134; three shots on Sean Stone, the 2012 IHSAA individual and team state champion from Harrison, who’s at 5-under 136; and four shots on Ryan Terry and Marty Summers, who are at 137.
Wassmer showed onlookers and players alike on Sunday why he has been so successful not only at this tournament but in the game of golf.
The nine-time former champion drove the ball hole high and three feet away from the flag at the 360-yard par-4 sixth hole. He then sank the putt for eagle.
“I hit it right where I was looking,” said Wassmer, who shot 65 Sunday. “I figured if I carried it to that downslope (which he did)
it had a chance, but then I didn’t see my ball until I looked on the green and it was pretty close. I’m happy with my round and my position,”
Frazer struggled to an even-par 71 Saturday at Helfrich. Then he made six straight birdies at one point Sunday and finished with an 8-under 62, easily the best round of the day.
“Rolling Hills will be tougher next weekend,” Wassmer said following Sunday’s 65,” Wassmer said.
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