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State golf

East Noble junior in tie for 5th

Dwenger, Warsaw finish Day 1 in top 10 in team competition

Two area teams finished in the top 10, while an area individual is tied for fifth after the first day of the state golf finals Tuesday at The Legends in Franklin.

Bishop Dwenger is in eighth with a 302, while Warsaw is tied for 10th with a 306. Columbus North leads the event with a 290.

East Noble junior Michael Sharp is in a five-way tie for fifth with a 2-under 70. Three golfers are tied for first place with a 68.

“I made a lot of putts, which was helpful,” Sharp said of his round. “For the most part, I played very well. I think I am in pretty good shape right now. I know some guys will back up and other guys will do well (today), I just have to keep playing my game and see what happens when everything is over.”

Casey Cooney led the Saints with an even-par 72, which puts him in a tie for 18th.

“It is hard to make it hard unless the weather is bad because there aren’t many trees and maybe the wind is blowing,” Bishop Dwenger coach Dave Scudder said of The Legends. “But it was a really nice day.”

Warsaw’s Jon Schram shot a team-best 72, which puts him in a tie with Cooney and other golfers at 18th.

“It was typical,” Warsaw coach Ben Barkey said of the team’s round. “We are an 18-over team (average-wise), and we ended up being 18-over for the day. I am happy with the way we played. It just so happens that nine other teams played better than us. We are looking forward to playing better (today) and climbing up that leader board.”

Two other area individuals also competed with Carroll’s Stephen Shupert in a tie for 71st with a 7-over 79, and Heritage’s Carter Dornseif tied for 86th with an 10-over 82.