VALPARAISO | On a slightly breezy day with unusually high scores, it all came down to the fifth spot.
Times No. 1 Lake Central and Elkhart Memorial were tied at 336 during Saturday's Aberdeen Classic. Thanks to sophomore Nick Good's 95, the Indians won the fifth-score tiebreaker by five strokes and took home the team title.
Lake Central senior Matt Meneghetti shot a 75 to finish second individually.
“Obviously, we’re happy with the win,” Lake Central coach Chris Rossiano said. “We took second last year, so we wanted to improve on last year. A win’s a win, you’re always happy with coming out on top.
“The scores were definitely not really good. Matt Meneghetti played really well at a 75. Everybody else wasn’t real thrilled with their scores. It was windy out, the greens were a little bouncy, but we’re still not sure why the scores were so high.”
Meneghetti was one of just two players to shoot in the 70s. Memorial's Braden Scherwood shot a 73 to win medalist honors.
The Indians have now won all four tournaments they’ve played in this season.
“I can’t be too upset,” Rossiano said with a laugh. “However, really other than our match against Crown Point and Chesterton, we really have not played our best golf yet. We’ve still got a ways to go to get to where we could be, but obviously we’re doing enough at this point in the season to get some wins.”
Host Valparaiso (350) finished fourth, led by junior Brandon Hamill’s 85 out of the No. 3 slot. In a rebuilding season after graduating a full lineup of seniors, the No. 5 Vikings are still trying to figure out a consistent lineup.
“These guys have played (junior varsity) mostly for the past (two or three) years,” Valpo coach Wayne Lichtenberger said. “That was a really talented group we lost (to graduation). We’re just trying to get them on track and it has taken a little longer than they would like. I think it will come with time. It’s all about getting experience.”
Despite some early struggles, Lichtenberger is happy with his team and hopes to have them playing their best golf once the postseason rolls around.
“At this point in time, I’m still optimistic,” he said. “With this group being so young, the more matches (we play) the more I learn about these kids."