Boone Grove senior Brad Bobrowski probably isn’t going to win any long-drive competitions.
He’s always been among the shortest hitters in any group he’s played in, not too far behind but far enough to know he’s got to beat the competition in a different way. That’s where his short game comes into play.
With a strong mind for the game, Bobrowski is accepting a new approach on the course. And that’s a great sign for the Times No. 8 Wolves.
“He’s got a really high golf I.Q.," Boone Grove coach Bob Lukas said. "The thing that I’ve noticed about him this year is I think he’s really starting to embrace his own game. He’s a guy that keeps the ball in play and he’s got a really good short game.
"When some of these guys who are bombing the ball are playing in the wind and are struggling, he can score when he doesn’t have his A game.”
That new approach played well for Bobrowski at Saturday’s Kankakee Valley Invitational. The senior stayed low and straight on a windy day, shooting a 75 to take medalist honors at Sandy Pines.
“To be honest, I left probably four or five easy shots out there,” Bobrowski said. “I missed a couple of birdie putts, a couple of short iron shots I really should have had. On 13, I just had a bad chip shot that cost me a bogey.”
Through the ups and downs, the most important thing Bobrowski has showed Lukas this year is the ability to stay consistent no matter the competition or the conditions.
“He’s got a chance to be the medalist at any of the invitationals we have the rest of the year,” Lukas said. “There’s no doubt in my mind.”
With his senior season winding down, Bobrowski is happy to embrace a new style of play that creates chances for him to compete. While he’s still focused on reaching the state tournament, he is hoping that a collegiate program will also embrace his game and give him the chance to play at the next level.
“I knew if I was going to compete, it had to be some other way," said Bobrowski, who picked up the game in eighth grade. "I knew it wasn’t going to be killing it off the tee; it would be around the greens and stuff like that. If you can hit it in the fairway and knock it up close, that game will work for anybody.
"I haven’t been playing that long, so I haven’t really had a great resume to put out. I’m just looking for the right offer and the right team to take me in.”