It’s been a whirlwind kind of year for Lake Central’s Matt Meneghetti.
After being part of the Indians’ run as the basketball state runners-up, Meneghetti capped his senior season by qualifying for the golf state finals.
“We went to state for basketball and now golf — it’s a dream come true basically,” Meneghetti said. “It’s unbelievable.”
Meneghetti leads a trio of region individual qualifiers, including Crown Point’s Mike Lee and Andrean’s Jack Musgrave, into the state finals on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
Meneghetti couldn’t have imagined a better finish to his prep career.
“It feels great,” he said. “This is what I’ve dreamed of since playing golf as a young kid. This is a goal I set since I started playing high school golf.”
He’s been playing golf for as long as he can remember. He’s dad, Matt, put a club in his hands at a young age, and Meneghetti has never looked back.
“My dad is a golf pro,” he said. “He taught me everything I know. He taught me the fine points, and I just do the natural thing from there.”
Meneghetti was the medalist at the Lafayette Regional on Thursday, firing a 69 at the Battleground Golf Club. It was a magical round for L.C.’s No. 1 golfer. He recorded seven birdies to offset four bogeys and avoided any major hiccups down the stretch.
“I felt like it was one of my most complete rounds,” Meneghetti said.
It’s been a stellar season for Meneghetti, who was named the MVP at the Duneland Athletic Conference meet, won the Gary Amateur last week and earned four medalist honors during the season.
“He’s been huge for us,” L.C. coach Chris Rossiano said. “He has stayed in the low- to mid-70s all year. “He’s really put in a good year and was not only the leader on the team, he also got the other guys motivated.”
He just wants to stay confident and absorb his dad’s simple advice.
“He just told me to play my own game, have fun and do what you need to do, basically,” Meneghetti said.
He feels the Legends course plays to his strengths. It’s not very long and his accuracy with his driver will help.
“If you can keep your drives in play, it’s very scoreable,” he said.
For C.P’s Lee, a junior, it will be his second shot at the state finals.
“This year I definitely want to win,” said Lee, who shot a 71 in the regional. “That’s what I’m going down there for this year. Last year I was 22nd. I was just kinda getting a feel for it and how it works.”
Andrean’s Musgrave, who was third low medalist at the regional with a 72, will try to make the most of his final opportunity as a high school golfer. He feels it will take a score of 10-under to win the title.
“I’ve got to shoot two rounds in the sixties,” he said. “If I can play my game and if I can get my putts to fall, I’ll have a shot at it.”