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GOLF: From GOT to the least, Flick’s legacy lives

Former British Open champion and Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman shares his memories of Jim Flick during the official dedication of the training center named in Flicks honor at Otis Park.

Former British Open champion and Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman shares his memories of Bedford native Jim Flick during the official dedication of the training center named in Flick’s honor at Otis Park.

Bedford native still remembered

as one of the great instructors

by golf legends he influenced

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

“There is no remembrance of former things, neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.”

-Ecclesiastes 1:11

Too many prominent people worry about their legacy. How will they be remembered when they are gone? What will be chronicled about them? That’s a little arrogant, considering life is but a vapor that vanishes.

Jim Flick, one of the greatest teachers in the history of golf, had many reasons to consider his place in history. And he cared nothing about it. That’s why, almost four years after his death, the Bedford native is still revered by great men who pause to reflect on the impact Flick had on their lives.

Jim Flick was one of the top teachers in golf. Photo courtesy PGA of America

Jim Flick was one of the top teachers in golf.
Photo courtesy PGA of America

His hometown, thanks to the efforts of the Bedford Recreation Foundation, Flick’s widow Geri and the Parks Department, dedicated the new teaching facility in Flick’s honor on Monday afternoon, and the sparkling Jim Flick Memorial Golf Center at Otis Park is a fitting tribute to a humble man who spent his career teaching thousands. From Jack Nicklaus, still the greatest of all time, to the weekend hacker, to the young and brash kid who needed proper guidance, Flick lived to serve.

That’s why Tom Lehman, a former British Open champion and Ryder Cup captain, drove from Columbus, Oh. – taking time away from his preparation for the U.S. Senior Open – to attend the official ceremony and ribbon cutting for the new indoor training facility. Lehman, back in 1990, was that brazen rookie who knew he was good but was smart enough to know what he lacked. Flick helped him discover it.

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BOYS GOLF: Tidd good to the last shot

BNL finished 11th in the state during the IHSAA finals at Prairie View Golf Club.

BNL finished 11th in the state during the IHSAA finals at Prairie View Golf Club.

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.

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BOYS GOLF: Long delay, day on the Prairie

Daylen Tidd prepares to launch a tee shot during Round 1 of the state finals. Tidd paced the Stars with a 76. Photo courtesy of Angie Tidd

Daylen Tidd prepares to launch a tee shot during Round 1 of the state finals. Tidd paced the Stars with a 76.
Photo courtesy of Angie Tidd

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.

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BOYS GOLF: Stars to shoot for the stars

BNL senior Zak Cummings and the No.15 Stars will compete in the IHSAA state finals on Tuesday and Wednesday.

BNL senior Zak Cummings and the No.15 Stars will compete in the IHSAA state finals on Tuesday and Wednesday.

No.15 BNL ready to contend

with the heavyweights in

IHSAA state championship

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

They’ve gone the distance, they made up their minds and started hacking, they’ve reached the destination without ever knowing the way. For the first time since 2009, Bedford North Lawrence will start walking in the IHSAA golf state championships.

When the sun comes up on Tuesday morning, BNL will join an elite field in the 80th annual state finals at Prairie View Golf Club, one of 12 ranked fivesomes among the 15 that clawed their way to the grand finale. The No.15 Stars, making their 14th state appearance, will chase their first title.

BNL freshman Ethan Stanley and the Stars have added to the program legacy with the first state finals appearance since 2009.

BNL freshman Ethan Stanley and the Stars have added to the program legacy with the first state finals appearance since 2009.

Qualifying for the two-round finals secured a revered place for these Stars, for this program with a legacy of quality teams and individuals who have made their mark in the game. BNL coach Mike Wright reminded them of that fact after they advanced through the regional at Champions Pointe, taking them on a quick tour of BNL Fieldhouse to gaze at the photos of their predecessors who reached this level. Before long, their picture will join those.

“That made it real to them,” Wright said.

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COLUMN: 2016 year in review

BNL coach Jamie Hudson and the Stars received a bye for the first round of the sectional.

Former BNL boys basketball coach Jamie Hudson was a key part in several storylines during the 2015-16 campaign.

Where did the 2015-16 season go? It was the vapor that appeared for a little while and vanished. Somewhere between August’s heat and May’s monsoon rains, Bedford North Lawrence crammed in 19 sports and several hundred events. And even when the school doors close for the short summer, the games go on.

The sports year was interesting, to understate the obvious. Basketball dominated the headlines again, of course, and captured the public interest with a controversial coaching change, but other teams and individual athletes made the campaign memorable with their accomplishments.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 stories of the past year:

20. BNL baseball raises over $9,000 in Coaches vs. Cancer game: Sometimes it doesn’t matter who wins. The Stars honored cancer survivors and remembered the disease’s victims during its annual fundraiser game with county-rival Mitchell. For the record, Austin Long struck out 10 as the Stars overpowered the Bluejackts 10-0 in six innings.

19. Megan Lambrecht shatters school record: Lambrecht, a sophomore, pulled off a unique double play, competing in track and softball simultaneously during a hectic spring. She made it worthwhile when she shattered the school record in the shot put, heaving that ball 37-11 while winning the Hoosier Hills Conference title in that event.

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Coach of the Year Award

BNL golf coch Mike Wright guided the Stars to the 2016 state finals. Photo courtesy of Angie Tidd

BNL golf coach Mike Wright guided the Stars to the 2016 state finals.
Photo courtesy of Angie Tidd

Wright guided BNL golf

to state finals for first

time since 2009 season

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence boys golf coach Mike Wright was named TheHHCSports.com Coach of the Year after leading the Stars to the 2016 state finals.

Wright, in his 18th season, guided BNL to the Hoosier Hills Conference title, its first since 2011. The Stars finished second in the IHSAA sectional at Indiana University, then qualified for their first appearance in the state championship since 2009 with a third-place finish against a loaded field in the regional at Champions Pointe.

“Getting to the state finals is an accomplishment in itself, but going there with a sectional no longer at Otis Park is something,” Wright said. “Getting there, not going through Otis (the sectional was moved in 2013) means a little more.

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BOYS GOLF: Bold State-ment by the Stars

BNL freshman Ethan Stanley talks with coach Mike Wright following his round. Stanley shot a 1-under 71 at Champions Pointe as the Stars totaled 298 to advance to the IHSAA state finals.

BNL freshman Ethan Stanley talks with coach Mike Wright following his round. Stanley shot a 1-under 71 at Champions Pointe as the Stars totaled 298 to advance to the IHSAA state finals.

BNL qualifies for state

finals with sizzling 298

to finish 3rd in regional

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

HENRYVILLE – They charged, with resolve and determination, with a goal in mind and purpose in their hearts. Bedford North Lawrence was not going to fall short again, not on this golf course, not on this day.

After a boisterous first nine holes, after getting tossed to and fro by the winds of Fate and the unsettled team history at Champions Pointe, the Stars stormed back with a memorable second half that carried them to the ultimate destination of the IHSAA state finals.

No.15 BNL qualified for the two rounds of the state championship with a sizzling team score of 298 during the regional on Thursday afternoon. The Stars finished third behind No.1 Center Grove (292) and No.4 Bloomington South (295), earning the final invitation to Prairie View on June 14-15.

The Stars ended a long slump. They’ve been to the state finals 14 times now, but not since 2009. And not since the IHSAA expanded the regional fields to 18 teams and trimmed the number of regionals across the state to five. BNL used to take a deep tournament run for granted. The Stars are back where they used to belong.

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BOYS: BNL Athlete of the Year

BNLs Garrett Flinn takes the baton from Evan Baker during the 400 relay. The Stars won that event en route to a victory over Mitchell.

BNL’s Garrett Flinn takes the baton. Flinn helped the Stars qualify for the state finals in two relays.

Flinn excelled in 3

sports and qualified

for state track finals

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Garrett Flinn, a three-sport standout as a senior, was named TheHHCSports.com’s third Male Athlete of the Year.

Flinn played soccer during the fall campaign and helped the Stars finish 6-8-5. He was a starter on the basketball team, averaging 2.7 points (scoring a career-high 11 against Corydon) and 1.3 rebounds as BNL went 14-11.

He made the major impact in track. Flinn was a member of the 400 and 1600 relays that won Hoosier Hills Conference, sectional and regional championships while qualifying for the IHSAA state finals in both races.

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BOYS GOLF: Stars taking aim at target score

Daylen Tidd and the No.15 Stars will compete for a spot in the state finals during Thursdays regional at Champions Pointe.

Daylen Tidd and the No.15 Stars will compete for a spot in the state finals during Thursday’s regional at Champions Pointe.

No.15 BNL among top

contenders in loaded

regional at Champions

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Golf is the most unpredictable, taut, seismic, volcanic sport. One swing, one moment, the flap of a butterfly’s wings that leads to a gust of wind, can set off a chain reaction to change the course of the expected.

Forecasting the IHSAA regional at Champions Pointe is a losing proposition. Too many variables, too many possible eruptions can happen during the course of 18 pressure-packed holes. With five ranked teams among the 18 in the field, with only three qualifying spots for the state finals available, anything is possible.

But here are two sure things: Center Grove will win, and a team score of 303 will be good enough to earn a trip to the IHSAA state championships at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel on June 14-15.

Now the first part of those bold prognostications was pretty easy. Center Grove, ranked No.1 in the final state poll, has been posting sensational scores. The Trojans totaled 284 (4-under as a team) while winning the Providence Invitational on this course on May 28.

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BOYS GOLF: Fast start, expected finish for Stars

Zak Cummings

BNL senior Zak Cummings watches his tee shot sail away during Friday’s IHSAA sectional. Cummings carded a 75 on the Indiana University Course.

No.15 BNL advances

to regional with 2nd

place in sectional at IU

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

BLOOMINGTON – They blasted from the gate, perhaps forgetting golf is an 18-hole test of character and resolve. After nine holes, after hammering away like woodpeckers (the birdies of choice on the tree-lined Indiana University Course), No.15 Bedford North Lawrence had the lead, and No.4 Bloomington South was uncomfortable in that trailing position.

Alas, it did not last. The Stars stumbled, the Panthers pounced, and everything ended as expected during the IHSAA sectional on Friday morning.

South kept its composure and form on the back side while the Stars slipped back. The Panthers, powered by the two best scores in the 12-team field, posted a team total of 294 to conquer BNL by 10 strokes. Nothing was really lost, except a trophy, as the top three teams advanced to the regional at Champions Pointe.

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