NEW HAVEN – Asked about his round at Whispering Creek Golf Club, Reid Worden said, It started off pretty well.
Thats an understatement.
The Carroll senior shot a 4-under 32 on the front nine Saturday, then finished with a 1-under 71 to win the NHC tournament.
After I made the turn at 4 under and thought about the back nine, I knew it would be harder, so I just kind of went with it and it ended up OK, Worden said.
The Chargers won the team title – combining for a 295 – after going 6-1 against conference opponents during the regular season.
They did fantastic, great. They came out of their shell this week, said Chargers coach Justin Shippy, adding that a close match – a six-stroke loss to SAC power Bishop Dwenger on Monday night – was a boost of confidence for the Chargers.
I told them, We can compete with the best teams in this area.
Still, there was a mental change that the Chargers had to make.
We had a talk to try and encourage each other more, Shippy said. We were going through the motions and not encouraging each other and talking to each out there on the golf course. When a partner makes a nice putt, tell them. And try to encourage him when hes done something wrong. We talked about some mental aspects of the game, and I think some of it clicked today and it showed.
Worden led the way, though his shot making slipped on the back nine.
I knew (the back) was tougher, would play longer and the greens move a lot more, he said. I knew I would make a few bogeys and finishing 1 under on the day was a nice little reward.
Teammate Garrett Leeper had a 72, including a front-nine 35. Chandler Rice posted a 75. And Stephen Shupert shot a 77.
The depth of my team this year is a plus. Ive got four seniors today and theres the one sophomore (Leeper), and I was very pleased, Shippy said.
East Noble finished second with a 311, paced by Michael Sharps 75. Trevor Molen had a 77, Andy Kretler shot a 79 and Ethan Wyatt carded an 80.
Homestead, the only team to beat the Chargers in conference play this season, finished third with a 319. The Spartans were paced by Gunnar Smiths 76. Grant Jagger shot a 79. Chris Eigner and Sam Kuntz both had 82s.
With a 325, Columbia City took fourth place. The Eagles were led by Tyler Greens 73, which included a 1-under 35 on the front nine.
DeKalb placed fifth with a 331, led by Calvin Georges 74.
Bishop Dwenger shot a 285 – 24 strokes better than second-place Concordia – to win the SAC tournament at Brookwood Golf Club.
Callahan Elzey paced the Saints with a 4-under 68, including a back-nine 4-under 32. Teammates Pat Allgeier and Spencer Gillig both shot 71s, and Casey Cooney had a 75.
Concordia was led by Bobby Wrays 70.
Bishop Luers placed third with a 319, led by Joe Lejas 77.
At Brookwood, Heritage shot a 298 to win, led by a 69 from Carter Dornseif and a 70 from Nick Bienz.
Leo took second with a 303, paced by Nate Morris 69.