The state finals were tough on northeast Indiana players and teams a year ago, but there is new hope among area teams.
Bishop Dwenger (tied for seventh) and Warsaw (15th) advanced to the state finals at The Legends in Franklin.
East Noble’s Michael Sharp was the best individual finisher, tying for seventh. He was the lone northeast Indiana golfer to reach the top 20 in the two-day state finals.
Here’s a look at the top area players, teams and storylines for this season:
Michael Sharp, East Noble: The senior is a 3-time state finalist and 3-time All-State selection.
Spencer Gillig, Bishop Dwenger: The senior finished tied for 24th at the state finals.
Chase Ellsworth, Bellmont: The senior was a regional qualifier a year after making it to the state finals.
Garrett Leeper, Carroll: The junior averaged 37 for nine holes last season.
Tyler Green, Columbia City: The sophomore averaged a 75.3 for 18 holes in 2013.
Bishop Dwenger: The No. 5 Saints return seniors Spencer Gillig and Drake Eifert, junior John Hope and sophomores Callahan Elzey and Patrick Allgeier.
Warsaw: The No. 8 Tigers have senior Will Petro and juniors Jonny Hollar, Ryan Cultice and Brandon Eckert returning.
Bishop Luers: The Knights lost their top player from last year (Joe Leja) but have one of the deepest teams with Joe Korjenek, junior Conner Nix, junior Andy Mauch and sophomore Ben Reuille.
Homestead: The regional finalists return senior Grant Jagger and juniors Chris Eigner and Nick Myers and sophomore Nick Kocks.
East Noble: The regional qualifiers return Sharp, senior Andy Kretler and junior Evan Hart.
Summer success: Eigner advanced to the final match play round in the IJGA boys state finals during the summer and had five top-5 finishes on the Mountain Dew Tour.
Sibling motivation: Wayne junior Brett Reuille’s older brother, Wes, went to the state finals a few years ago.
SAC medalist contenders: Bishop Dwenger is the heavy team favorite in the SAC match May 24 at Brookwood, and Bishop Luers’ Korjenek (medalist in 2012) and Concordia’s Cameron Weikart could contend for the individual top spot.
Top star: South Adams senior Cal Clouser was the team’s No. 1 player and qualified for the regional last year.
Small stature, big potential: New Haven junior Zach Burnside, who has dwarfism, didn’t play last year but shot in the 40s as a freshman.