ST. JOHN | In Friday’s Lake Central Sectional at Palmira Golf Course, Crown Point’s fifth golfer, Ken Decker, shot a nice 82.
The Bulldogs didn’t need it as everyone else went lower in producing the team’s best 18-hole team score of the season and winning their third straight sectional title.
Mike Lee earned medalist honors with a 69 (32 on the front nine), while Grant Miller shot 76, Andrew Orosz shot 78 and Kevin Cunningham posted 81 for a team score of 304.
“When you’re throwing out an 82, that’s a good day,” C.P. coach Jon Haas said tongue in cheek. “We picked a good day to shoot our lowest score of the year.”
The Bulldogs were 12 strokes better than runner-up Lake Central (316), which beat C.P. earlier this season. Munster finished third with 319 to earn the last team spot advancing to Thursday's Lafayette Jeff Regional.
“The guys had a game plan, made some adjustments after a practice round (at Palmira on Thursday) and played well today,” Haas added.
The Indians’ No. 1 golfer, Matt Meneghetti, was actually the second scorer with 77 as No. 4 player, Ryan Dahlkamp, posted 75, which tied for second-low score in the meet with Munster’s Matt Specht.
Andrean finished fourth, but the 59ers’ No. 1 golfer, Jack Musgrave, shot 76 to advance as an individual. The other two advancing golfers not on one of the top three teams were Brian Brzycki, of Griffith with 80 and Lowell’s Jared Cottingham, with 82. Both were pleasantly surprised after not living up to their own expectations.
“I’m not satisfied with my score, but I’m glad I advanced,” said Brzycki, a sophomore who will play in his first regional. “Palmira is always a challenging course. It’s not one of my favorites, but I have to get used to it with sectionals here all the time.”
Cottingham advanced to the regional two years ago as a sophomore. This time he gets to finish his high school career with at least one more round before playing at Wabash College in the fall.
And he got redemption after a poor round at sectional last year.
“Last year I laid an egg and it was depressing,” said Cottingham, who shot closer to 100 than 80 last year at Palmira. “It’s nice that the hard work in the offseason paid off. I’m actually surprised 82 made it. I missed so many birdie putts today. I had a three-putt on the last hole and thought it cost me.”