VALPARAISO | A two-year hiatus has come to an end.
Boone Grove won its first boys golf sectional title in 2007, then rattled off a string of five straight crowns.
After missing out the last two years, the Wolves are on top once again after winning the Valparaiso Sectional on Friday at Forest Park.
“We’ve got three seniors in the lineup, and I just really was wanting them to go out with their heads held high,” Wolves coach Bob Lukas said. “Last year was a pretty big disappointment. It’s very pleasing to me to see that we get to play another week and everyone’s going out with their heads high.”
Boone Grove senior Jeremy Shaffer (71) took medalist honors, followed by classmate Brad Bobrowski (74). Zach Wagner, the third Wolves senior, shot 77 and Grant Stockwell shot a 78.
“To be honest with you, the thing that I’m most pleased by is Brad, Jeremy and Zach all made some bogeys early and shook them off,” Lukas said. “I think that’s probably the biggest difference that I see between last year and this year. It seems to me like last year they would get frustrated and maybe this year our success has given them confidence to know they can have a bad hole and turn it around later.”
A margin of victory of more than 20 points separated Boone Grove (300) from Chesterton (321) and Portage (322). All three teams advance to Thursday’s Lafayette Jeff Regional at Battleground.
Host Valparaiso (323) finished fourth, a point behind third-place Portage. After graduating his entire starting lineup from last season, Vikings coach Wayne Lichtenberger was happy to see Thomas Walsh (78) and Jacob Woodward (79) advancing to the regional as individuals.
“We knew this whole year was going to be a struggle,” Lichtenberger said. “We knew it was going to be tight – one stroke, that’s the way it goes sometimes. You’ve just got to move on.
“We’ve got two guys (playing in the regional) and we’re going to do the best we can next week down there. That’s what we’re looking forward to.”
Wheeler senior Brad Young (80) shot a higher score than he expected but still advanced to the regional for the second straight year.
“I wanted to do a lot better, but I’m fine,” Young said. “I guess I’m going to try to do better at regionals. (Battleground) is a long course; it’s really nice. You really want to be hitting well when you’re out there.”