East trio shoots under 40 in win

SEYMOUR — Three Columbus East golfers broke 40 Monday afternoon to lead the Olympians to a tri match win at Shadowood Golf Course.

Austin Proffitt shot 37, Thomas Ruch 38 and Derek Alexander 39 to help East post a score of 156. Host Seymour totaled 166, while New Albany finished third at 169.

“Those are our three upperclassmen,” East coach Tom LaBarbera said. “We’ve targeted those three players to kind of carry the team this year and have the younger players, as the season goes on, continue to improve, and that’s kind of what we’re seeing.”

Seymour’s Brady Marshall tied Proffitt for medalist honors at 37.

“It was a great night for Austin being co-medalist at 37,” LaBarbera said. “He did not play as well Saturday (in the Bedford North Lawrence Invitational), and to see him rebound and play well today is great, especially considering he had a triple (bogey). To battle back and get a couple birdies is a solid performance. He birdied the last hole, which is great.”

Proffitt and Marshall will be teammates and roommates on the golf team at St. Francis beginning this fall.

Freshman Mark Mayhew rounded out the Olympians’ scoring with a 42.

“That 42 is nice,” LaBarbera said. “He lost a couple strokes coming in, but still that’s great to have him in there and have his score count. For him to be in the low 40s is outstanding.”

LaBarbera also was happy with East’s team score.

“That 156 is great,” LaBarbera said. “That is right in line with us trying to keep improving. I’m pleased with the results and we seem to keep heading in the right direction. Their hard work is paying off.”

On Thursday, the Olympians will face Columbus North at Otter Creek.

“That will be good, North and East, and it’s 18 holes,” LaBarbera said. “Hopefully, it’s a great day and it will be a good test for both.”