The Bishop Dwenger boys golf team was nothing if not resilient during the first day of the state finals, recovering from several early gaffes to shoot a 17-over 305 and put them in a tie for fourth place today.
The Saints are six strokes behind the leader, Columbus North, heading into Wednesday’s final round in Franklin at The Legends of Indiana.
“We started out very poor, really,” Saints coach Dave Scudder said. “But we played the last four holes unbelievably well to make up for it.”
The Saints were led by Callahan Elzey’s 3-over 75, which included a double-bogey six on his 10th hole, the
“I hit the wrong ball on the 10th hole and got a two-shot penalty,” he said. “It was a careless error.”
But it also characterized the Saints’ day; he rallied to go 3 under on the last four holes. Patrick Allgeier, who had a 77, was also 3 under in his final four.
John Hope shot a 76 and Spencer Gillig had a 77.
“We struggled in the beginning and kind of rallied back to come within striking distance for (the final round),” said Elzey, who is tied for 17th individually and five strokes back of the leaders, Dylan Meyer of Evansville Central and Michael VanDeventer of Columbus North.
Homestead, the only other area team competing, is in 11th place with a 319. The Spartans got a 77 from Nick Myers, an 80 from Eric Martin and 81s from Alec Cunningham and Ellis Yoder.
Canterbury’s Michael Brothers and Heritage’s Nick Bienz both shot 76s, putting them among the five players tied for 17th.
“It was really windy and really hot,” Scudder said. “The conditions were probably tougher than normal down here.”
Northeast Indiana hasn’t had a team champion since Warsaw in 2005, and no Allen County team has won since Northrop in 1984. The last area individual champion was Warsaw’s Tyler Ostrom in 2011. The Allen County drought dates back to Elmhurst’s Fred Link in 1941.
“It was really windy so it was hard to keep it on line. (The course) was pretty soft. The greens were slow and bumpy,” Elzey said of the conditions.
The Saints tied for seventh last year with a two-day 604, after a 10th-place finish in 2012 with a 639.
“We’re just going to get back to playing our game and not make any high numbers, just play solid as a team,” Elzey said.