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IHSSA Boys Golf State Tourney results

 

A rocky second nine proved costly to Lakeland junior Spencer Mortola in his quest to make the cut in the opening round of the 76th annual IHSAA boys golf state tournament Tuesday morning in Franklin.

After shooting a one-under par 35 on his first nine holes (Road Course), Mortola suffered a double-bogey on the par-four, 398-yard first hole of the Middle Course. Subsequent bogeys on the par-three third, par-four fourth and the par-five fifth resulted in a five-over 41 on the inward nine and an 18-hole total of four-over 76.

Having been in one of the first groups out, Mortola had a long wait to see if he made the first-round cut. But as the other scores began to roll in, it became evident that his score would not be good enough to advance him to Wednesday’s second round.

A three-under par 69 posted by Sean Stone of Evansville Harrison put the Laker more than four strokes out of the lead, one of the criteria used to establish the cut line. The second criteria – being among the top nine individuals not on an advancing team – eluded Mortola when nine players carded rounds of 75 or better, leaving him one stroke away from making the cut.

Although Mortola’s day ended in disappointment, it started spectacularly with a birdie on the 490-yard par-five 10th hole on the Road Course. A bogey on the par-four 12th, a birdie at the par-four 14th and pars on the final four holes allowed Mortola to make the turn at one-under. His four on the 406-yard 17th included a wonderful recovery shot from a high, grassy area to 100 yards short of the green, a pitch to 10 feet and a clutch par putt.

Lakeland teammate Cody Richardson also competed in the state finals tournament Tuesday. The Laker senior fired an 80, missing the cut by five shots.

After pulling his opening tee shot out-of-bounds, Richardson scrambled to make a bogey-six on the par-five 10th hole. Three more bogeys on his outward nine gave the Laker a 40 as he made the turn.

Richardson parred four of the first five holes on his second nine, leaving him five-over with four to play. However, bogeys on three of those closing holes resulted in another 40.

Evansville Harrison, led by individual medalist Stone (140), earned the team state championship by three shots over two-time defending state champion Indianapolis Brebeuf (611-614). Jasper (615), Columbus North (618), Floyd Central (621), Warsaw (625), Indianapolis Cathedral (625), Carmel (626), Penn (633) and Fort Wayne Dwenger (639) were the other teams to make the first-round cut.

Dylan Meyer of Evansville Central finished three shots back of Stone on the individual medalist list with a two-day total of 143. Jon Williams of Indianapolis Cathedral was third at 144.

East Noble sophomore Michael Sharp, who began the second round in second place after carding a two-under par 70 in Tuesday’s opening round, struggled to an 87 on Wednesday to wind up tied for 28th overall at 157.

Two Northridge golfers – Logan McBride and Rhett Holaway – joined Mortola with rounds of 76 and outside the cut line. The Raider team also failed to advance to the second round, finishing 15th with a score of 322.

 

76TH ANNUAL IHSAA BOYS GOLF STATE TOURNAMENT

(The Legends Golf Club, Par 72-6736 Yards)

Team Scoring

1. Evansville Harrison 311-300, 611; 2. Indpls. Brebeuf 305-309, 614; 3. Jasper 311-304, 615; 4. Columbus North 303-315, 618; 5. Floyd Central 308-313, 621; T6. Warsaw 307-318, 625; T6. Indpls. Cathedral 308-317, 625; 8. Carmel 309-317, 626; 9. Penn 312-321, 633; 10. Ft. Wayne Dwenger 313-326, 639

Missed Cut

Heritage Hills 316; Westfield 317; Noblesville 318; West Lafayette 321; Northridge 322; Zionsville 324; Providence 324; Martinsville 327; Valparaiso 329; Tipton 330; Mishawaka Marian 337

Evansville Harrison (611)—Sean Stone 71-69, 140; Alex Turner 72-74, 146; Tanner Mandel 82-75, 157; Jordan Wildt 86-82, 168; Mitchell Baker 86-100, 186

Indpls. Brebeuf (614)—Wilson Pahud 71-75, 146; Max Gagnier 74-74, 148; Will Tenbarge 76-81, 159; Andrew Terrell 82-80, 162; Dawson Robinson 82-80, 162

Jasper (615)—Will Seger 76-71, 147; Dru Hein 79-75, 154; Michael Bies 75-83, 158; Ian Weyer 84-76, 160; Cam Weyer 79-82, 161

Columbus North (618)—Christian Fairbanks 78-71, 149; Michael Vandeventer 74-80, 154; John Arthur 77-79, 156; Tanner Bennett 77-81, 158; Jacob Coffey 77-87, 164

Floyd Central (621)—Daniel Shepherd 75-72, 147; James Peckham 79-73, 152; Devin Jenkins 74-86, 160; Jack Sparrow 82-83, 165; Jay Holderman 80-85, 165

Warsaw (625)—Jon Schram 73-74, 147; Tyler Ostrom 72-80, 152; Tim Ahlersmeyer 82-80, 162; Bennett Hollar 80-84, 164; Jonny Hollar-Jared Essig 86-86, 172

Indpls. Cathedral (625)—Jon Williams 71-73, 144; Conner Perius 79-80, 159; Ryan Ward 77-84, 161; Chris Murray 81-80, 161; Andrew Derringer 86-87, 175

Carmel (626)—Andrew Havill 71-75, 146; Brady Sharkey 77-79, 156; John Hicks 78-78, 156; Peter Ciravolo 83-85, 168; Jake Brown 83-86, 169

Penn (633)—James Schwartz 76-77, 153; Grant Spiritoso 78-77, 155; Richard Jung 78-86, 164; Caelin Rohan-Austin Brooks 86-81, 167; Thomas Butler 80-90, 170

FW Dwenger (639)—Spencer Gillig 76-80, 156; Drake Eifert 80-79, 159; John Hope 77-84, 161; Carter Eifert 80-84, 164; Jake Leonard 83-83, 166

Top 30 Individual Finishers (Made Cut)

1. Sean Stone (Evansville Harrison)                                       71-69, 140

2. Dylan Meyer (Evansville Central)                                      69-74, 143

3. Jon Williams (Indpls. Cathedral)                                       71-73, 144

4. Rylan Porter (Plainfield)                                                     73-72, 145

T5. Andrew Havill (Carmel)                                                   71-75, 146

T5. Wilson Pahud (Indpls. Brebeuf)                                       71-75, 146

T5. Alex Turner (Evansville Harrison)                                   72-74, 146

T8. Jon Schram (Warsaw)                                                      73-74, 147

T8. Daniel Shepherd (Floyd Central)                                     75-72, 147

10. Max Gagnier (Indpls. Brebeuf)                                         74-74, 148

T11. Logan Barker (Martinsville)                                           73-76, 149

T11. Will Seger (Jasper)                                                                     78-71, 149

13. Christian Fairbanks (Columbus North)                            75-75, 150

T14. Corey Cahalan (Providence)                                          73-79, 152