CARMEL, Ind. — Corydon senior Mitchell Frederick ended his high school career with a highlight round during the final day of the IHSAA boys golf state championships.
Frederick fired a 1-under 71 on Wednesday, carding five birdies, and finished 36 holes with an 8-over total of 152. After struggling at the start on Tuesday, he finished tied for 27th in the field of 100 players.
In the team competition, Floyd Central finished 15th, carding a second-day 332 and a two-round total of 667.
Frederick, who will play college golf at the University of Southern Indiana, started on the back nine in Round 2 and opened with four bogeys and one birdie in the first six holes after a one-hour weather delay. But he recovered in spectacular fashion, rolling in three straight birdies on holes 17-18-1. He drained his final birdie putt on the 8th hole.
“I came out today and played pretty well,” Frederick said. “It was a great way to end it. It was a whole lot better than yesterday.”
Frederick and coach Kevin Nash figured out the flaws that led to Frederick’s first-round 81 (with no birdies) during a late practice session on Tuesday. As he was carving out one of only six rounds under par among the field in round two, he couldn’t help wondering why he failed to bring that swing to the course the previous day.
“On the back side, it crept in my mind,” Frederick said. “That’s just the way the game is.”
The Highlanders never found a spark. Senior Clayton Crum was the only one of the five to break 80 in two tours of Prairie View Golf Club, and he did that with a final-round 79 that was much better than that until he took a quadruple bogey 8 on his 17th hole.
No.2 Westfield won the team title, carding a second-round 289 and finish 36 holes at 584. No.1 Center Grove finished second with 588 after a second-day 290.
Lafayette Harrison’s Cole Bradley was the individual medalist. He finished 36 holes at 1-under 143 and won a two-hole playoff with Columbia City’s Spencer Klimek, who owned the overnight lead after a 68.
Castle’s Austin Bratton had the shot of the tournament, acing the 180-yard 15th hole. Bratton’s hole-in-one was the fifth in state finals history and the first since 2004.
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