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Valpo's Meihofer tied for opening-round lead at state golf finals

2013-06-11T21:00:00Z 2013-09-16T18:54:13Z Valpo's Meihofer tied for opening-round lead at state golf finalsSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

FRANKLIN | Valparaiso's Kyle Meihofer birdied No. 9 after eight pars to shoot a 4-under 68 and tie for the individual lead at the state golf meet Tuesday.

“My iron shots were a lot closer on the back nine,” Meihofer said.

Fellow Viking Bobby Jacobs had a second-best score of 76. The next three — Andrew Gariup, Patrick Andrie and Alex Pancek — all shot 78s on the first of two days at The Legends Golf Club.

Fourth-ranked Valpo coach Wayne Lichtenberger was not happy with the number his team put on the board.

“No, not at all,” Lichtenberger said when asked if he was happy about the rounds. “We're better than that.”

Top-ranked Columbus North had a round-best 290, with Westfield second at 291 and Floyd Central third at 292. Valpo is tied for sixth 10 shots off the lead.

“The pace of play hurt us,” Lichtenberger added. “It was too slow.”

But not all was lost. He spoke of the way Andrie turned a disaster into a very solid round. He shot an eight on No. 4.. He missed the fairway on his drive and his second shot flew over the green that went out of bounds.

He had two birdies and was even after No. 4.

“It was slower than molasses,” Andrie said of the game speed on the course. “I kind of pulled it together after No. 4.”

“He did a great job,” Lichtenberger added.

Meihofer is tied with Zionsville's Adam Wood and Floyd Central's Devin Jenkins.

Valpo alum Gary Krueger is the lone Vikings golfer to win the state crown, carding a combined 145 in 1979.

While the Illinois State-bound senior it would seem would want to go out his senior year as an individual state champion, that isn't the blue medal he desires.

His motivation for today's second round symbolizes the great run the Valpo program has made thus far.

“I'm not worried about that,” Meihofer said of winning the solo crown. “I'm thinking about the team. We're all seniors now. There's not much pressure. We left some shots out there. We all want to go out and shoot a good number and win.”

Lichtenberger agrees.

“We know we have to go out and shoot the best round we've played,” he said. “Our goal is to play our best and try and make a run.”

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