FRANKLIN | The morning of the IHSAA boys golf regional, Crown Point coach Jon Haas came down for breakfast at the hotel and saw what he thought was a strawberry smoothie machine. So he grabbed a cup and took a big drink.
“It was awful,” Haas laughed. “It was strawberry waffle mix.”
On Tuesday morning in Franklin, Crown Point golfer Andrew Orosz spilled syrup all over himself during breakfast. It was a sticky mess.
But on both days Bulldogs sophomore Mike Lee shot very good rounds of golf. So Haas has a plan for today's second-round of the boys state golf championships.
“We need (Lee) to spill something all over himself,” Haas said.
Lee shot a 2-over 74 at The Legends Golf Club and is tied for 23rd six shots off the lead score.
“I just didn't want to do anything dumb out there,” said Lee, playing in his first state finals.
He birdied the first hole and then battled some tough situations the rest of the way. His round consisted of 10 pars, five bogeys and three birdies.
“My putting was my strength,” Lee said.
Haas called The Legends “The Brassie on steroids,” which played like the links style course in Chesterton but was a lot longer on Tuesday.
“For his first time here Mike played very well,” Haas said. “I think he can come out (today) and shoot par or maybe under.”
FIRST TIME'S THE CHARM: The stomach was churning and the nerves were visible for Lake Central freshman Nicholas Good, who shot a 82 on Day 1 at The Legends.
But he will play again today with this being the first year the IHSAA state tournament will not have a cut like it did in the previous 76 state finals.
“This morning he was nervous on the first two holes,” Indians coach Chris Rossiano said. “He was a little jittery. But he settled down and was able to string together some nice holes.”
Triple bogeying No. 5 and carding a double on No. 17 didn't help reach the goal of a 79.
“I was relaxed up until the first tee then I got a little nervous,” Good said. “It wasn't like my knees were shaking but I knew I had to shoot well and I knew what was a stake.”
Good said he did not hit one green on Tuesday which did not assist in the numbers game.
“I'm hoping to do better,” Good said of today's round. “I'm going to go to the range and work on making some more pure shots. I want to break 80.”
A TIN CUP TURNAROUND: Michigan City Marquette coach Jordan Gallas is hoping that his senior, Jack Clancy, can do what Kevin Costner did in his film about the game of golf.
“I hope he can have a Tin Cup tournaround,” Gallas said.
Clancy shot an 11-over 83 in his first round ever in a state finals.
“It was pretty pitiful,” said Clancy, who made a triple bogey and three doubles. “Bad golf, a bad round.”
The frustrated senior didn't seem to happy about the cut being cut at this year's finals.
“When you play like I did it doesn't matter if you play 18 or 36,” he said.
Gallas said Clancy started well, birdieing Nos. 3 and 4. Then, on No. 5 his drive ended up under a fence and his second shot didn't go where it was supposed to.
“He deserves to be here,” Gallas said. “It's good that there's no cut. He can go out (today) and play a good round and finish his high school career on a high note.”