FORT WAYNE – One of the most impressive rounds at the IHSAA state finals belonged to Bishop Dwenger’s Spencer Gillig, who had a 2-under 70 on Wednesday to finish the two-day tournament in Franklin at 3 over, good enough for a tie for 12th place.
His round was the second best of the tournament and helped the Saints to a seventh-place finish at 37-over 613, including a final-round 20-over 308 at The Legends of Indiana.
It was a great way to finish, Gillig said. I gave myself a lot of great birdie looks today. I didn’t put myself in a whole lot of trouble, which you can really do out there. I could have made a few more birdie putts, but it was a good day.
Columbus North won the title with a 591.
Dwenger’s Patrick Allgeier and Callahan Elzey finished 11 over, with Allgeier firing a 78 on Wednesday and Elzey posting an 80. John Hope came in at 12 over with an 80.
Gillig, who plans to try to walk on at Indiana University this fall, believed the Saints had a chance to win it coming into the final round.
Coming into today, we were tied for fourth and only six strokes back, he said, and I thought if we could have put a few good rounds together that we could make a run. It didn’t go our way. I’m happy we made it this far, though.
Homestead, the only other area team competing, finished 15th with a 658, including a 339 on Wednesday.
The Spartans were paced by Nick Myers at 16 over after a final-round 83. Eric Martin was at 22 over with an 86. Chris Eigner’s 79 put him at 23 over. And Alec Cunningham’s 91 put him at 28 over.
Columbus North’s Christian Fairbanks and Michael VanDeventer shared medalist honors at 3 under. Fairbanks had a final-round 70 and VanDeventer had a 71.
Michael Makris of Mishawaka Marian had a 68, the best score of the tournament, and finished in fourth place at 1 under.
IPFW recruit Clark Tiller finished tied for 19th at 7 over, after shooting a 74 for Zionsville.
Heritage’s Nick Bienz carded a 77 to put him at 9 over and a tie for 28th with a group that included Columbus North’s Ian Coffey, who had a 76 and will play next season for Saint Francis.
Canterbury’s Michael Brothers posted a 79 to finish at 11 over, putting him in a tie for 40th.
Another IPFW recruit, Tyler Meyer of Pendleton Heights, finished tied for 45th at 12 over after a pair of 78s.
I played well, Gillig said. It was really windy today, but I left myself good places to miss.
I hit a lot of fairways to greens and got myself a good round.