CARMEL – The course at Prairie View Golf Club, site of the 2019 state finals, is unforgiving of errant tee shots – and that became a problem for many northeast Indiana players Wednesday.
Danny Kimes of Bishop Dwenger and Bailey Clark of DeKalb were the only two area players to shoot under 80 on the par-72 course on the final day of the tournament.
The Saints finished ninth in the 15-team field with a score of 637 and Warsaw was 14th at 671. Carmel maintained its lead from the first day to win with a score of 588 and defend its title from last season.
“It's disappointing; I'm sure the kids didn't play as well as they thought (they could),” Bishop Dwenger coach Dave Scudder said. “The course was set up pretty tough, especially if you don't hit the ball well off the tee, and we didn't.”
Carmel's Nick Dentino and Noblesville's Clay Merchent were tied for first place at 4-under 140 after 36 holes, and Dentino clinched the individual title with a birdie on the first playoff hole. The Carmel senior was also named the mental attitude award winner.
Bishop Dwenger senior Jonny Filler started the second round four strokes behind Dentino and Peru's Kash Bellar but struggled Wednesday, shooting 12 over to finish tied for 40th at 158.
“I'm sure Jonny's disappointed, playing so well yesterday and then playing so poorly on the front side today,” Scudder said. “And then Danny was just the opposite, played poorly yesterday and then even par on the front side today.
“But that's golf. It's tough when everybody's relying on each other and one or two let down, so the others put pressure on themselves to pick up, and they don't.”
Kimes shot a 75 on Wednesday to finish the tied for 46th at 15-over par.
“Overall, I'm not upset about it,” Kimes said of his round, which ended with him shooting 5-over on the final five holes of the day. “It was my last match of my high school career, so I thought, just go out and have fun. ... I had about seven three-putts yesterday, and today I started dropping, so I felt a lot better.”
Warsaw also struggled Wednesday, finishing 15 strokes off their first-round score.
“Yesterday, most of the guys felt pretty good about the day, and we were in a position to try to have a good day today and maybe make the top 10,” Warsaw coach Rich Haddad said. “I would say, to a man, they were pretty disappointed. Everyone got a few really bad holes out there that hurt the scorecard.”
Tigers freshman Cal Hoskins had two bogeys and a double-bogey on his final three holes and finished tied for 31st overall at 156. It was the best finish of any area player.
DeKalb's Clark finished tied for 49th at 16-over par, and Columbia City freshman Alex Hedrick was tied for 85th at 28-over.
Homestead's Adam DeLong finished 94th with a 177.
“It's a pretty cool experience, and for me it's more about the accomplishment of coming here, that took a lot,” DeLong said after his round. “I didn't play so well once I got here.”
Like so many players, DeLong said he was done in by tee shots gone awry.
“I couldn't seem to keep the ball in play,” DeLong said. “My drives were kind of wild, and they seemed to find the penalty areas every time. The course is set up to play very long; it's pretty difficult, and you do need the driver on every hole.”
Local Leader board
|1. Carmel||588 (+12)|
|9. Bishop Dwenger||637 (+61)|
|14. Warsaw||671 (+95)|
|T31. Cal Hoskins, Warsaw||156 (+12)|
|T34. Nick Holder, Bishop Dwenger||157 (+13)|
|T40. Jonny Filler, Bishop Dwenger||158 (+14)|
|T46. Danny Kimes, Bishop Dwenger||159 (+15)|
|T49. Bailey Clark, DeKalb||160 (+16)|
|71. Corey Ryan, Bishop Dwenger||165 (+21)|
|T79. Chase Byron, Warsaw||168 (+24)|
|T79. Joseph Brita, Bishop Dwenger||168 (+24)|
|T83. Jack Yeager, Warsaw||171 (+27)|
|T85. Alex Hedrick, Columbia City||172 (+28)|
|93. Tucker Carlile, Warsaw||176 (+32)|
|94. Adam DeLong, Homestead||177 (+33)|
|97. Zach LaLonde, Warsaw||185 (+41)|