BATTLEGROUND | The numbers appeared to be against Boone Grove's boys golf team at Thursday's Lafayette Jeff Regional.
The Wolves faced schools well more than double their enrollment, but the team combined to shoot a 309, taking the final state qualifying spot with their third-place finish at Battleground Golf Club.
“I can’t say it is total shock or surprise, but when you look at this field, you can’t help but be kind of surprised,” Boone Grove coach Bob Lukas said. “We have a little over 500 kids in our school; some of (the competition) have 500 boys in their freshman class. It’s unbelievable, but it’s not like we didn’t believe in ourselves.”
Westfield won the event with a 299, while Carmel was second at 305.
It's the second state appearance for the Wolves, who also qualified in 2011. Boone Grove was led by Brad Bobrowski (73) and Jeremy Shaffer (76).
“It feels great,” Bobrowski said. “We’ve been playing well coming down the stretch and to make it as a team is awesome.
“I don’t even know (how the build-up to state will go). We haven’t been down there yet, but we’re excited. We’re pumped.”
Crown Point (fifth place, 316) and Lake Central (seventh, 320) will send individuals to the state meet. Lake Central’s Mike Meneghetti shot a 3-under 69 to take medalist honors, while the Bulldogs’ Mike Lee carded a 71.
“I just kind of was free-flowing, playing my own natural game,” Meneghetti said. “I was just trying to enjoy myself, to enjoy the weather and the course.
Also advancing is Andrean senior Jack Musgrave (72), the only individual qualifier to make it out of the regional.
“It was tough,” Musgrave said of competing as an individual. “I like to draw from my team; I get them pumped up, they get me pumped up. Today kind of felt like a summer tournament, really.”
Bobrowski said he’s never played at The Legends, where the state meet will be held in Franklin, but the team hopes to get there a day early for a practice round.
Lukas hopes his team can press forward with the momentum and confidence it has been building all season.
“They really showed some mettle today,” Lukas said. “If you knew what I knew about the way the match was going, we had a couple of guys that had a rough stretch and then turned it on at the end. They showed a lot of poise for, you know, 18-year-old kids. It’s just really incredible. I’m just so proud of them.”