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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 1:00 am

City golfers in contention at state finals

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

Bishop Dwenger's Logan Ryan is in a good position after shooting even-par 72 at Prairie View in Carmel in the first round of the boys state finals Tuesday.

“I felt like I hit the ball really well but didn't quite score the way I should have,” Ryan said via phone. “I got off to a rough start and got it turned around. I played a lot of good golf and just didn't end very well.”

The Saints opened play on the back nine, where Logan was 2-over after the first three holes, but back-to-back birdies helped put him at even making the turn. He was 2-under once again as he approached No. 9, where he double-bogeyed to finish even par.

That hole gave his entire team trouble as the Saints were 13-over on No. 9.

“There's water on the left side off the tee and there's a pond in front of the green,” coach Dave Scudder said.

Ryan leads the Saints, who finished 30-over 318 and are in eighth place but within six shots of fourth-place Penn (312). Indianapolis Cathedral and Hamilton Southeastern (315) are in fifth and Indianapolis Brebeuf is in sixth at 316.

“Six shots,” Scudder said. “You can make that up in two holes. They have to stay away from big numbers. You can't make double-bogeys or more. Sometimes a bogey's good on the holes.”

Luke Miller shot a 79 and is tied for 38th. Dan Kimes is tied for 60th with an 83, and Corey Ryan and Ariel DeLuna sit in 66th with 84s.

Individually, Homestead's Garrett Willis finished the first round with a 73 and is in a three-way tie for seventh.

“I thought I hit the ball pretty well,” Willis said. “Today was the season-high for fairways hit. I was 12 for 14 hitting the fairway, missing in (holes) 1 and 2. I did a great job scoring in opportunities. I made five birdies, and I played the par 5s 3-under.

“I think the biggest thing today that I was fighting my putter for a long time. I had a hard time getting the speed down. I made some good putts on 17 and 18. I knew that was going to be a crucial putt to finish at 1-over.”

Willis' teammate Braden Kattman shot an 89 and is tied for 91st.

Chesterton's Mitchell Davis leads by three strokes after shooting a 68, four strokes ahead of Ryan and five ahead of Willis.

“I feel a little distant (off the lead),” Ryan said. “I'm very capable of shooting a low score tomorrow. I feel in it. I just have to play very well to give myself a chance. I'm not completely out of it.”

Carmel sits atop the team standings after a 295, led by a 71 from Clay Stirsman, who sits in second.

The first group tees off at 8 a.m. today.

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