A battering wind, 90-degree temperatures with high humidity and bumpy greens played havoc with competitors Tuesday during the first round of the IHSAA boys golf state tournament.
Yorktown’s players found the conditions to be challenging as the Tigers shot 29-over 317 – about seven shots above their target score – to stand in eighth place among the 15 competing schools at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind.
“You had to be golfing your ball well today,” Yorktown coach Brian Hill said.
The Tigers’ 317 leaves them trailing leader Columbus North, which shot 299, by 18 shots going into today’s final round. Carmel is second at 302 and Hamilton Southeastern is third at 303.
“We felt that if we could come in under 310 we’d be all right,” Hill said. “We didn’t shoot as low a number as I expected. Even with the tough weather I thought we could come in at 310, 312 or better. To shoot a score that the leader did … I don’t know about that.”
No. 1 player Palmer Hill had Yorktown’s best score with a 4-over 76. He got off to a rough start with two bogeys and a double bogey on the first four holes, then played even par with three birdies and three bogeys on the final 14 holes.
Beau Mansker shot 78 for the Tigers’ second-best score, and was followed by Eric Short with 80, Blake Vise 83 and Caleb Morey 91.
“Palmer and Beau played well,” Brian Hill said. “Beau struggled in the sectional and regional but broke 80 here. It was nice to see him come back after struggling in the other two tournaments.”
The Tigers have their eyes on finishing in the top 10, perhaps even sneaking into the top five. They enter today’s final round 12 strokes behind Pendleton Heights and Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, who are tied for fourth and fifth.
“If we could get into the low 300s, which would take a special round like we had in the regional, that could push us into the top five,” Hill said. “A 310 could keep us in the top 10.”
Two individuals from East Central Indiana schools also are participating in the state meet.
Central’s Keegan Bronnenberg shot 3-over 75 and is tied for 17th place. He birdied seven and nine to finish the front nine at even-par 36, but a double bogey on 11 and bogey on 16 led to a 39 on the back.
New Castle’s Drew Saunders shot 7-over 79 and is tied for 52nd. He made birdie on his third hole (No. 12), but then went without a birdie or par for 10 straight holes and was eight over par in that stretch. He shot 38 on his first nine and 41 on the second nine.