RENSSELAER | When three of Boone Grove’s individual scores posted on the board all came in under 80 with No. 1 Brad Bobrowski still on the course, the Wolves became a serious contender for the team title at Saturday's Rensselaer Invitational.
Times No. 8 Boone emerged from a crowded field at Curtis Creek Country Club to post a 309, the same score as No. 3 Crown Point.
Based on Logan Lucas' 85, the Wolves took home the hardware on a fifth-score tiebreaker by four strokes over the Bulldogs.
“I’ve seen flashes of brilliance from all of them at certain times all year,” Boone coach Bob Lukas said. “It’s just all came together (Saturday), and I’m just really pleased for them.”
Jeremy Shaffer capitalized on a 1-under 35 on the front nine to finish with a 75 to lead the Wolves. Bobrowski carded a 76, while Zach Wagner and Grant Stockwell each shot 79.
“These guys came through,” Lukas said.
Shaffer said the key was “keeping cool and focusing on the next hole,” and each player shooting well.
“Hopefully, it’s just a preview of what’s to come for sectionals,” he said.
C.P.’s Mike Lee won a grueling 7-hole playoff with Munster’s Matt Specht to take medalist honors with a 72. Andrean’s Jack Musgrave fired a 1-over 73 for third.
Both players were 3-under after six playoff holes before Lee shot par on the par-3 13th, and Specht bogeyed.
“We’ve competed on the course for six years, and it’s fun every time,” Lee said after the 25th hole of play. “It was getting hot out there. My face was burning up, and my feet are sore from walking all that way.
“But it was really fun playing Matt.”
Crown Point coach Jon Haas was happy for Lee and pleased with how the team played.
“Once those putts start to fall he’s going to be one of the best players in the state.” he said. “That was a lot of fun to watch
“Yeah, 309, that’s by far our best score of the year. It’s always tough to lose on fifth, but Boone Grove is a real good team. They’ve got a good program. ... We’ve got a tough sectional, and these matches get you better for that.”
Times No. 7 Andrean finished third with a 321, No. 4 Munster was fourth with a 328 and No. 5 Valpo fifth at 337.
“That’s the thing that’s almost surprising just because of the strength of the field,” Lukas said. “To come out and play toe-to-toe with some teams that we had been beaten by … was gratifying.”