BATTLE GROUND | Bobby Jacobs didn't set a course record this week, but then again, the Valparaiso boys golf team didn't need one from him.
Kyle Meihofer shot a 71 and the Vikings got strong performances from Andrew Gariup (74) and Alex Pancek (75) as Valparaiso advanced to the state finals for the fourth straight year.
The Vikings shot a team-best 298 to capture the Lafayette Jefferson Regional at the Battle Ground Golf Club. This season marked the first year that Valparaiso competed away from the LaPorte Regional.
"The competition was just great," Valparaiso coach Wayne Lichtenberger said. "It was tough for us, a two-hour drive, hard to get down to play the course, but the guys stuck together."
Jacobs admittedly struggled throughout the day with a 78, but the senior was confident his teammates would back him up. Jacobs was coming off a course-record at Forest Park last week.
"We've got five seniors and we were all going to go out there and give it our all," Jacobs said. "I knew we needed a fourth score. It wouldn't have mattered if I would've shot par, all that matters is we are playing on Tuesday."
Meihofer delivered the shot of the tournament on his second shot on 18. The senior took little time and sized up a shot from 140 yards out that stopped just two feet short of the hole. Meihofer sank the putt, finishing Valparaiso's day and earning a hearty applause from the gallery.
"I don't like to take a lot of time when I play because I don't want to think about how the shots can go wrong," Meihofer said. "I just stepped up, aimed for my target and hit the shot. That hole was going to dictate how my whole round felt."
The Vikings will advance to next week's state finals along with Westfield (300) and Carmel (302). Crown Point finished in fifth place after the Bulldogs shot 312.
"It was our second best score of the season, but the competition was just really tough today," Crown Point coach Jon Haas said. "This was a big difference (from the LaPorte Regional). Just an extremely competitive field."