BNL golfers slog through
rainy opening round on
Day 1 of IHSAA state final
CARMEL – To quote Marvin the Martian, the opening round of the Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship was “Delays, delays, delays.” Bedford North Lawrence did not wait very well.
The Stars, and the rest of the 15-team in the 80th annual event, had to withstand a five-hour rain delay, a second lightning suspension, and a 12-hour day (the last putt dropped at 9:34 p.m.) at Prairie View Golf Club on Tuesday. BNL could not overcome a struggling start and carded a team total of 319 while sliding to 11th place.
No.2 Westfield, the defending champion, ignored the conditions and fired a sensational 285 (3-under par as a team) to take a six-shot lead over Hamilton Southeastern into Wednesday’s final round.
BNL, making its first appearance in the finals since 2009, fell back quickly, posting some huge numbers on the back nine (its starting point) before finally recovering after it made the turn.
Daylen Tidd paced the Stars with a solid 76 that included a 1-under 35 on the front nine (with two birdies). Ethan Stanley posted a 79 that also featured two birdies.
BNL had barely got off the first tee (Zak Cummings had hit only one shot) when the weather intervened and forced the first interruption of play. When they resumed, the Stars suffered from the long lapse. Nobody broke 40 on the back. Blake Martin parred his first three holes, then had only one other par the rest of the day.
The Stars had six double-bogeys, two triple (on par-fives) and a devastating “other” – an 11 on the 18th hole – on the back nine. They returned to respectability on the second nine. Koby Robb had a birdie and carded a 37 on the front.
“With the delays, we never really got in a rhythm,” BNL coach Mike Wright said. “Things kind of unraveled. I don’t think we were nervous. We might have lost a little focus.”
IHSAA rules stipulate a round as a washout (and a restart) if half the field does not complete 18 holes, and that scenario was close to activation. BNL was hoping for that after posting a 170 on the back nine.
But with Tidd’s terrific comeback (birdies on holes 1 and 6), with Robb’s recovery to total 83, with Zak Cummings carding an 81, BNL had something positive to talk about (a 149 on the front) and build on for Day 2.
“They battled back and that was awesome to see,” Wright said. “It wasn’t too long ago we were happy with 319. On that course, just seeing it a couple of times, I should not be unhappy. The teams in front of us are all ranked higher than us. So if we go in and get into the top 10, that would be good.”
The Stars are scheduled to tee off from 9:21 to 9:57 on the 10th tee in Round 2.
IHSAA STATE FINALS
Tuesday at Prairie View Golf Club
Westfield 285, Hamilton SE 291, FW Dwenger 296, Center Grove 296, Zionsville 303, Columbia City 306, Bloomington South 308, Laf. Harrison 309, Evansville North 310, Homestead 314, Bedford NL 319, Chatard 327, Vincennes Lincoln 332, Evansville Memorial 335, Yorktown 337
BNL scores: Zak Cummings 81, Ethan Stanley 79, Daylen Tidd 76, Blake Martin 96, Koby Robb 83
Top individuals: 1. Cedric McAree, Hamilton SE 65; 2. Thomas Lewis, Westfield 68; 3. Noah Gillard, Center Grove 70; Callahan Elzey, FW Dwenger 70; 5. Patrick Allgeier, FW Dwenger 71; Nicolas Osterburg, Perry Meridian 71; Blake Vise, Yorktown 71; Joey Ranieri, Zionsville 71; Johnny Deck, Westfield 71