BATTLE GROUND | Michael Lee missed qualifying for the state tournament by one stroke as a freshman last year. The Crown Point sophomore learned from his disappointment on Friday.
Lee shot a 74 at the Battle Ground Golf Club on Friday afternoon at the Lafayette Jefferson Regional and then tried to escape as the rest of the scores came in.
The sophomore found solace on the putting green until the final marks were in and Lee was comfortably heading to next week's state tournament in Franklin.
"This is just such a great feeling," Lee said. "It's something that I've been looking forward to."
The Bulldogs shot their second-best score of the season, but couldn't get out of the regional as a team, registering a fifth-place finish.
"Obviously the goal is to qualify as a team, but we're very happy for Michael," Crown Point coach Jon Haas said.
Good First Impression: Nicholas Good entered the day as Lake Central's No. 5 golfer. Good ended the day as a state qualifier with the fifth-best individual score (76) of the round.
The freshman wore a grin that spread from ear-to-ear as anyone nearby came up and congratulated Good on making a strong first impression at the regional level.
"I'm just so happy right now," Good said. "I knew that it was going to be close, but now I'm thrilled to move on. I just want to do next week what I was able to do today."
Final Vindication: Jack Clancy knew he had one last chance to make a run to the state tournament, but the Marquette senior felt it slipping away.
Clancy was three-over late in the round and was telling himself that he needed one more birdie to feel comfortable. Clancy did one better and eagled the 17th hole, finishing with a 74 and earning a spot to next week's state finals.
"Great players rise in this occasion," Clancy said. "I'm not a great player, I'm good, but I'm working to be in that category."
Clancy could barely contain his excitement at advancing to state. The senior has no plans to continue golfing in college as of now, but is hoping a good run next week could open up some opportunities when he arrives at San Diego this fall.
"Since I was 10, I always wanted to be a state champion," Clancy said. "I'm going to go next week and have fun. When I'm having fun, I play my best."