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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 9:00 pm

State golfers battle through delays

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

 Leader board

Prairie View Golf Club, Carmel

Par 72

10. Homestead

T26. Austin Render 76

T43. Garrett Willis 78

T58. Matthew Hope 80

T64. Ellis Yoder 81

94. Cameron Cook 91

12. Bishop Dwenger

T34. Luke Miller 77

T52. Jonathan Filler 79

T71. Ariel DeLuna 82

T79. Logan Ryan 83

T82. Tyler Fink 84

15. Carroll

T64. Nick Ramsey 81

T71. Xavier Walden 82

T85. Caydon Yourdon 86

90. Cam Boyce 87

T95. Caleb Waugh 92

Individuals

T34. Michael Brothers, Canterbury, 77

T71. Jacob Collins, Norwell 82

T79. Sam Yeager, Warsaw 83

Golfers endured almost three hours of weather delays during the first round of the IHSAA Boys Golf State Championships at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel on Tuesday.

There were delays of 70 minutes and another of over 1 1/2 hours due to storms.

"It's just hard to get in a groove," Canterbury's Michael Brothers said. "When you're playing, you start to develop a rhythm. You start getting used to the flow of a game, when you have to sit in the clubhouse, and you sit there and do nothing. You start over thinking stuff, thinking about, 'I need to do this on the next few holes,' and those thoughts just disrupt any momentum."

Carmel leads the 15-team field with a 2-under 286 first round and holds a six-shot lead over second-place Center Grove (292).

Homestead is the highest Fort Wayne-area team with a 10th-place 315. Bishop Dwenger is 12th after the first day (321) and Carroll 15th (336).

"These guys all have experience," Spartans coach Mickey Mazock said. "We're not looking to put pressure on the leaders. We need to look for something in the short-term and one of the things that I don't know, the school record for Homestead was two years ago when we placed seventh. That's something reachable that we could shoot for. Just to keep managing the course, hit the smart shot and take what the course gives you."

The Spartans' Austin Render finished with a 4-over 76 as the highest first-round finisher, tied for 26th.

"I played well," Render said. "I came into it with the right strategy: Not go pin seeking, but trying to attack greens and get two-putt pars. I didn't hit the ball as well but because of the very smart strategy, I got away with some shots that I otherwise wouldn't have.

"It gives me a lot of confidence in the fact that I was able to score without hitting the ball incredibly well because if I can get off the tee, and if I erase some mental mistakes, I can go lower."

The Saints are led by Luke Miller who was one stroke back with a 77, tied for 34th, and Carroll's Nick Ramsey finished with 81, tied for 64th.

"That's a tough course if you're not used to it," Bishop Dwenger coach Dave Scudder said. "Not only the layout, but the greens are so big that we had great difficulty putting, we didn't putt very well."

Individually, Brothers is tied for 34th with a 77, Norwell's Jacob Collins shot 82 for 71nd and Warsaw's Sam Yeager shot 83 for 79th.

"I started out very strong but toward the end, I put myself in some really bad spots and was scrambling," Brothers said. "I'm a little disappointed because I was 3-under through six and a combination of rain delays and bad spots, just grinded it out and 77 is what I ended up with.

"I can't be overly disappointed. I'll focus on cleaning up the little things, mentally composed and it's my last round of my high school career. ... I'll go out and have a good time and make the most of it. Opportunities only come once in a lifetime. I'm not going to worry about anything else except the golf course and going to go out and make the most of opportunities."

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