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State golf

East Noble junior finishes 6 strokes shy of title

– It was easy to see that East Noble’s Michael Sharp put last season’s IHSAA state golf championship final round debacle behind him.

The junior finished the second round Wednesday at even par.

Sharp, who opened the tournament at 2 under, finished the two-day event at Legends Golf Club at 2 under (142), six shots behind individual champion Adam Wood of Zionssville.

“For the most part I played a pretty good round,” said Sharp, who finished tied for seventh. “Some places it was better than (Tuesday’s) round and some places it wasn’t as well.”

On Wednesday, Sharp was 2 under heading to hole No. 14, a hole he birdied about 24 hours earlier, but he carded a bogey on 14 and again on No. 15.

Last season, the Michigan State recruit was 13 over during the final 18 holes after being 2 under to open the tournament.

“I am certainly getting better each year,” Sharp said. “This year I felt a whole lot better than I did last year, but I am still working to try and get even better. I now know I can play well here and play well more than one day.”

Carroll’s Stephen Shupert also completed as an individual but was not able to rebound after a 5 over Tuesday. He finished tied for 51st at 9 over.

Bishop Dwenger and Warsaw struggled early Wednesday and were not able to get back on track.

Dwenger, ranked No. 9, finished tied for seventh at 28-over 604, 15 strokes behind Westfield.

Westfield’s 1-under 575 set the 36-hole, low-score record and was 12 shots better than the previous mark.

“Down here you can’t make double bogeys or triple bogey because you are not going to make a whole lot of birdies,” Dwenger coach Dave Scudder said. “Pars are a good score and kids don’t always understand that sometimes, they all want to make birdies and eagles.”

The Saints carded 19 double bogey or higher scores.

Three of the five Saints did improve their score from Day 1 to Day 2, none more than freshman Patrick Allgeiger, who shot 7 over Wednesday after opening with a 12 over.

“I was nervous at the beginning,” Allgeiger said. “You get that big pit in your stomach because it is a big tournament.”

With the state title out of reach, Scudder and his Saints can at least celebrate a little revenge on the team that beat them in regional play by four strokes.

“It is nice if you can come out ahead of Warsaw,” Scudder said. We haven’t beat them very often. They are always a good measuring stick because they have a great program. If we can stay ahead of them we will be all right.”

Warsaw finished 15th with a 43-over 619. Senior Jon Shram shot 9 over for low score for the Tigers.

Tigers coach Ben Barkey chose not to look it as a bad tournament, but rather a successful season.

“Sectional champs, regional champs, conference champs, 15th-best team in the state of Indian,” Warsaw coach Ben Barkey said, listing his team’s accomplishments.

“It has been a great season.”