Bishop Dwenger’s boys golf team was nothing if not resilient during the first day of the state finals, recovering from early gaffes to shoot a 17-over 305 and put it in a tie for fourth place.
The Saints are six strokes behind leader Columbus North heading into today’s final round in Franklin at The Legends of Indiana.
We started out very poor, really, Saints coach Dave Scudder said in a telephone interview. But we played the last four holes unbelievably well to make up for it.
Callahan Elzey led the Saints with a 3-over 75, which included a double-bogey on his 10th hole, the par-4 first.
I hit the wrong ball and got a two-shot penalty, he said.
It was a careless error.
Elzey’s error 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, 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 is in 11th with a 319 after 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 shot 76s, putting them in a tie for 22nd.
It was really windy and really hot, Scudder said. The conditions were probably tougher than normal down here.
The Saints tied for seventh last year with a two-day 604.
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.