The way things have been going for Bishop Dwenger’s golf team this season, the stiffest competition each week seemingly comes during practice when the Saints determine who will play in their No. 5 position.
The matches have taken care of themselves.
Dwenger, ranked No. 5, fired a 303 to win the Homestead Invitational on Saturday at Orchard Ridge Country Club.
The Saints outdistanced Northridge (326) and Culver (328) to win their third invitational and remain undefeated.
John Connelly of Culver took medalist honors after defeating Daniel Bone of Blackhawk Christian on the second sudden-death playoff hole. Both players fired a 3-over 74.
Dwenger’s Patrick Allgeier, Callahan Elzey and John Hope all shot 75 to finish tied for third. Spencer Gillig, the lone Dwenger senior playing varsity, added a 78.
It was the third time the Saints had their four scoring players all shoot in the 70s.
We’ve had a lot of good teams, Dwenger coach Dave Scudder said.
We’ve been deep, but never this low deep, with kids that can play as well as they are.
Scudder said that his team has eight players who regularly shoot below 40 for nine holes, making for competitive practices for those vying for the fifth varsity position each week.
It’s just a matter of when they get their turn they’ve got to perform, Scudder said.
They know somebody behind them is knocking at the door, which is a great thing to have as a coach. But I would assume it’s probably fairly pressurized for the kids to know that they’ve got to play well.
Dwenger finished seventh at the state finals last year and has set its goal higher this year.
We’re definitely going after a state title, said Elzey, whose 75 included an eagle on No. 7 when he holed out from 120 yards. We had the low finish for Dwenger last year at state, and we’re looking to improve upon it.
Bone, a Blackhawk senior, was going to have a hard time improving on the start he had Saturday after collecting birdies on the first three holes, which helped his post the best round of his season.
Definitely, he said. I shot a 33 on the front, that was insane.
Bone missed taking medalist honors by first missing a short par putt on his last hole that would have resulted in a 2-over 73, and then losing in the playoff to Connelly.
On the second sudden-death hole, Bone sent his second shot out of bounds behind No. 18, and then mistakenly picked up the provisional ball after having made his drop.
That gave the match to Connelly.
It was just a lot of misunderstanding, Bone said. That was considered the provisional right when I dropped, and when I picked it up that meant that it’s over.
Homestead’s Blue team tied for fourth with Concord at 332, followed by Huntington North (334) and Homestead’s Gold team (335).