HAMLET — The Porter County Conference boys golf meet arrived at the perfect time for Boone Grove.
Wolves head coach Bob Lukas, who replaced first-year coach Chris Wellsand two weeks ago, admitted his team had struggled the last couple of weeks.
Five days of good golf and a beautiful day weather-wise led to a pleasant result, not just with another first-place finish — the fourth consecutive PCC Meet title for Boone Grove — but also score-wise.
“I felt like the kids had a really good week of practice and that helped with our scoring,” said Lukas, whose team shot 312 to finish more than 30 strokes ahead of runner-up Morgan Township. “They were feeling confident, and the weather certainly was a big improvement.
“We seem to be getting better. They’re kind of excited the way they’re playing.”
The Wolves were led by their potent senior one-two punch as Grant Stockwell repeated as PCC medalist with 72, while teammate Logan Lucas shot 75 for the top two scores in the meet at Hamlet Golf Course.
“Those guys played the way they do,” Lukas said. “Grant had a very up and down round with birdie, bogey, birdie, bogey. Logan got off to a rough start, but then he shot 34 on the back nine. Those guys can turn it on at anytime. I’m not surprised with anything they do.”
Morgan Township senior Andrew Kohler tied for the third-best individual score with 77.
“Andrew’s 77 was nice to see because he has been working hard since the end of last season and it finally came together for him,” Morgan coach Gary Cauley said.
Kouts senior Grant Hamstra also shot 77 in his first 18-hole round of the season.
“I’ve played a handful of rounds this year, all nine holes,” Hamstra said. “My best was 39, so when you look at it that way, this is my best.”
Hamstra is just one of two golfers for the Mustangs. He practices at Hamlet, so he was familiar with the course.
“That definitely helped a lot,” he said.
Westville improved from last year, shooting nine shots better with 401 and one place higher in third, ahead of county rival South Central.
The Blackhawks were led by Ryan Fath’s 94, while Max Harris shot 96.
“My top three guys are really close; they’re always right there with each other,” said Westville coach John Marshall, who was hoping for one more stroke on the course. “Darn … I was hoping we would shoot 400 or better.”
LaCrosse’s William Malecki earned the mental attitude award.