FRANKLIN | A little perspective can go a long way on the state championship stage.
In Wednesday’s final round of the boys golf state tournament, the scores -- as they had been on Tuesday -- were higher than the golfers who represented the region would have liked.
Still, with only 15 teams and 25 individuals vying for the title, those golfers were just happy to be there.
“It was really cool. This was my first time down here, so it was really cool,” Andrean senior and Georgetown recruit Jack Musgrave said. “It’s so great to see all this (fanfare). You don’t see all of this at the sectionals or regionals, all of the banners and everything. You just feel the gravity of the event, almost. It’s really cool.”
Musgrave shot a 73 on Wednesday and a two-day 148 total, finishing tied for 15th place. Columbus North seniors Christian Fairbanks and Michael VanDeventer tied for medalist honors (141) at the tournament, giving the Bulldogs (591) their first state championship since 1934.
Boone Grove shot 330 on Wednesday, totaling 656 in the tournament and finishing tied for 13th place with Evansville Memorial.
“Just making it here is good enough, honestly,” Wolves senior Brad Bobrowski said. “It hasn’t even hit me yet. It’s just been crazy. The journey to get here has just been outrageous and I couldn’t ask for a better way to end my senior year.”
Bobrowski shot 85 on Wednesday for a 163 total. Fellow senior Jeremy Shaffer led the Wolves with a 78 Wednesday and 160 overall, while Grant Stockwell went 80 and 162.
Crown Point’s Mike Lee, the region’s only returner from last season, shot a 76 on Wednesday and totaled 153 to tie for 28th place. It wasn’t as strong a showing as last season’s 146 -- which tied for 22nd -- but the junior was thankful for the opportunity to play in the tournament two years and a row and hopes to make it a third in 2015.
“It’s always fun to come down to state. It was fun last year, it was fun this year,” Lee said. “I had hoped for a better finish this year, but that’s the way it goes, I guess.”
Playing in Lee’s foursome was Lake Central golfer Matt Meneghetti, who felt he had a solid tournament overall except for two holes that got away from him. He shot a 74 on Wednesday and 151 total to tie for 19th.
“I played 34 holes of even par and then two of them -- one was a nine and the other was a seven. I guess I had a pretty fun time except for two holes I want to forget,” Meneghetti said with a laugh. “Just some bad luck, I guess.”