BOYS GOLF

Region golfers hope to bounce back

2014-06-17T19:45:00Z 2014-06-19T20:12:38Z Region golfers hope to bounce backMichael Raines Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 17, 2014 7:45 pm  • 

FRANKLIN | High winds led to unusually high scores on the first day of the IHSAA tournament at the Legends Golf Club.

A steady wind blew from the first drive until the last putt on Tuesday, causing just one team (Columbus North, 299) to shoot under 300 for the day. Boone Grove shot a 326 and will start the final day in 14th place.

The Wolves were led by Brad Bobrowski’s 78. Jeremy Shaffer and Grant Stockwell both shot 82.

“It was a rough start, that’s for sure,” Shaffer said. “It’s tough to come back from that, but considering the way it started I can’t really be mad with 82. And I can’t really be mad at all because we are down here.”

Though his players weren’t overly happy with the scores, Boone Grove coach Bob Lukas was happy with how his team battled the conditions.

“It was windy for everybody. Who knows from one day to the next?” Lukas said. “The game is played between the ears and it’s a little disappointing but I’m sure they’re going to bounce back tomorrow (Wednesday) … I’m still awfully proud of these kids. They’ve had a really great run and you can’t take anything away from them.”

“To me, this experience is just something that I savor having been along for the ride with these guys. We’ll always have this together. We’re pretty darn pleased to be here.”

Among region individuals, Jack Musgrave was the leader in the Day 1 clubhouse after carding a 75, tied for 17th place. The Andrean senior shot one stroke better after the turn (38, 37) after starting the day on the back nine.

“I just had so many 12-footers that could’ve gone in,” Musgrave said. “If I can get my putts to fall in (Wednesday), I think I’ve got a shot. I struck it well, so the holes that I bogeyed, I missed the green. A couple of swings on the front nine weren’t great, but if I could get some putts to fall I’ll have a shot.”

Lake Central’s Matt Meneghetti and Crown Point’s Mike Lee each shot a 77 to tie for 32nd after the first day. Meneghetti said it felt different without his team there, but he tried to play it like any other tournament.

“I just approach it as a normal round of golf -- just go out there and do your thing,” Meneghetti said. “You’re only worrying about yourself; you’re not worried about pressing or being conservative so your team can have a good score.”

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