Tidd eagle on final hole
highlights BNL’s day
as Stars settle for 11th
CARMEL – At the conclusion of a long day, after another frustrating rain delay and a disappointing team conclusion, after his teammates had endured another brutal tour around the back nine at Prairie View Golf Club, Bedford North Lawrence’s Daylen Tidd had the perfect ending.
Tidd one-hopped a 7-iron approach from 170 yards into the hole on the par-4 ninth (his 18th after starting the second round of the IHSAA state finals on the 10th tee) for a glorious eagle to cap his second-day 74 as the No.15 Stars settled for 11th place in the elite field.
Now that’s a shot to go home on, a drop-the-mic moment.
Tidd’s highlight was one of the few rays of sunshine on the final day. BNL endured another lengthy rain delay (3:40 this time after five hours on Tuesday) and carded a second-round 331, finishing with a two-day total of 650. Westfield won its second straight state championship with a total score of 581.
Tidd finished tied for 18th individually with a 36-hole score of 150, and his second round had other quality strokes with three birdies. But all everyone will talk about for a long time is the last swing.
He was almost finished when the storms swept through. His ball was in the middle of the 8th fairway during the suspension of play (the fourth in two days), and after a quick range session at 6:45 p.m., he charged back out to finish, admitting to some jitters as he looked to cap a solid day and jump into the top 20 on the leaderboard.
After a par on 8, he ripped a drive down the pipe on 9. As he prepared to hit his second shot, he had chosen a 6-iron, fearing less would fail to clear the water hazard in front of the green. At the last second, for a reason he could not explain, he went down one club.
As the ball sailed toward the target, Tidd was nervous, expecting a splash. “It was hard to tell where the ball was, I yelled ‘go’ twice,” Tidd said. But that ball cleared the hazard by a few feet, took one magical hop, and vanished. Tidd tossed his club in the air when he heard the reaction of the gallery.
“It was crazy,” Tidd said. “It was awesome.”
Two holes away, BNL coach Mike Wright heard the roar of the crowd.
“Daylen just played great,” Wright said. “You can’t believe the kid actually smiles once in a while, but he did then. He was there when we needed him.”
Unfortunately, the rest of the cast had little to smile about. Ethan Stanley shot 84, Blake Martin carded 86 (with a birdie) and senior Zak Cummings closed his career with an 87. After ending Round 1 in the darkness and getting little rest, the Stars had no energy for a recovery charge, especially after they suffered through another tough back nine to begin the round.
“It was a little too much,” Wright said. “That’s golf. We drew the two days it rained and you can’t make excuses. When it’s all said and done we would not have played much different than we did. We stayed exactly where we were.
“We were just tired. They were spent physically and mentally, and I can’t blame them. And it wasn’t just out team, it was everyone.
“I just wish Zak’s last round would have gone better for him. But he hung in there and did it with great dignity. We could not have asked anything better.”
Hamilton Southeastern’s Cedrid McAree was the state medalist with a second-day 72 after his first-round 65. He finished two shots ahead of Center Grove’s Noah Gillard.
IHSAA STATE FINALS
Westfield (296) 581; Hamilton Southeastern (294) 585; Center Grove (296) 592; Fort Wayne Dwenger (309) 605; Bloomington South (303) 611; Zionsville (310) 613; Evansville North (312) 622; Lafayette Harrison (317) 626; Columbia City (322) 627; Homestead (317) 631; Bedford NL (331) 650; Chatard (330) 657; Vincennes Lincoln (332) 664; Yorktown (337) 674; Evansville Memorial (344) 679
BNL scores (Round 2): Daylen Tidd 74, Koby Robb 94, Ethan Stanley 84, Blake Martin 86, Zak Cummings 87
Top individuals: Cedric McAree, Hamilton SE 65-72-137; Noah Gillard, Center Grove 70-69-139; Johnny Deck, Westfield 71-70-141; Nicolas Osterburg, Perry Meridian 71-71-142; Thomas Lewis, Westfield 68-74-142; Keegan Bronnenberg, Muncie Central 72-72-144; Blake Vise, Yorktown 71-73-144; Joey Ranieri, Zionsville 71-73-144