June 11, 2011
DEFENDING CHAMPS BACK FOR MORE IN 75TH BOYS GOLF FINALS
Defending state champion Brebeuf Jesuit along with individual champion Patrick Rodgers of Avon both return to the field and a chance to repeat as the 75th Annual IHSAA Boys Golf State Finals begin Tuesday at The Legends of Indiana Golf Course in Franklin.
The defending champion Braves, currently ranked third in the state coaches poll, include three holdovers from the 2010 team that will play Tuesday – senior Jacob Gould and juniors Wil Pahud and Will Tenbarge. The team took second at both the South Grove Sectional and the Hickory Stick Regional over the last several days.
Rodgers will lead a fourth-ranked Avon team that will be looking to win its second state championship in three years this week. The Orioles will make their sixth straight appearance as a team in the state finals – the best in the field – after winning the Hickory Stick Regional earlier this week and taking runner-up honors in the Martinsville Golf Club Sectional. Rodgers did not compete in the sectional but finished tied for second at the regional with a 69 just behind teammate Keegan McKinney who fired a 68. Avon finished sixth in last year’s state competition. Rodgers will attempt to become the first repeat champion since Jeremy Wilkinson of South Bend Clay won back-to-back in 1994 and 1995 and the fourth ever to do so (Joe Campbell, Anderson; Ron Frantz, Indianapolis Broad Ripple).
Twenty-one teams advanced five golfers each and 21 individuals have moved on without their squads for a total of 126 participants representing 41 teams. The IHSAA will utilize a double wave start of threesomes with the first groups teeing off the Middle 9 course and the Road 9 course at 7:30 am ET / 6:30 am CT on Tuesday. The second group of players will begin their rounds at 12 pm ET / 11 am CT. Those teams and individuals that make the cut will return for a second day on Wednesday. The first round tee times and pairings are available here.
Top-ranked Zionsville won the South Grove Sectional and took third at the Hickory Stick Regional while No. 2 Warsaw took second at its own sectional at Stonehenge and third at the Orchard Ridge Regional to earn its third straight trip to state.
The most recent poll from the state coaches association may be accessed here.
Besides Rodgers, eight other individuals from last year’s top 25 finishers also have made their way back including Brebeuf’s Gould, who finished fourth a year ago, and Nick Grubnich of Crown Point and Sean Stone of Evansville Harrison who shared fifth.
Fort Wayne Canterbury, which won its first regional crown in winning at Orchard Ridge, along with Boone Grove (third at Beechwood) and Lafayette Central Catholic (third at Battle Ground) have each advanced to the state finals for the first time. Huntington North (second at The Players Club) also advanced to state for the first time in 14 years.
Fans and media are invited to view the progress of the state finals by visiting www.golfstat.com. The IHSAA will post the hole-by-hole scores for every player throughout the two days.
The Legends of Indiana Golf Course, 2555 N. Hurricane Road, Franklin, IN, 46131.
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Round 1: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 7:30 am ET / 6:30 am CT.
Round 2: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 8 am ET / 7 am CT.
Admission: $8.00 per session; $12.00 both sessions.
Advancement from Round One to Round Two: Top nine teams; Any team within 12 strokes of the lead after Round One; Top nine individuals, excluding those individuals who advance with a team plus; Any individual within four strokes of the lead after Round One; Teams tied for ninth place and medalists tied for ninth.
Live Scoring: www.golfstat.com
Tuesday Tee Times & Pairings | State Tournament Information
Media Hosts: Sports Information Director Jason Wille and staff assistant Mike Wilson will be on hand to assist in your coverage.
Media Credentials: The 2010-11 IHSAA State Finals Media Credential issued previously this year will allow for admission. To apply, please e-mail your request (with name of individual) as soon as possible to IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille at firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mail requests MUST originate from a recognized business account; e-mails from personal accounts (ie: yahoo.com, aol.com, etc.) will not be accepted. Deadline is Monday, June 13, 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT. Approved requests will be left for pickup at the team check-in table located between the clubhouse and the cart barn. A limited amount of riding carts will be available to members of the media on a first-come, first-served basis. Your credential is necessary for cart rental. Please check in at the clubhouse for details. Carts will not be issued to the general public.
Services: Working space and wireless access will be available in the cart barn. Copies of the official program including scorecards also will be available along with results from both days of the event. Tee-times and pairings for Wednesday’s second round will be posted to the IHSAA website as soon as possible on Tuesday following completion of the first round.
Teams Qualified (21) *indicates regional champion.
Avon*, Boone Grove, Brebeuf Jesuit, Columbus North*, Evansville Harrison*, Floyd Central, Fort Wayne Canterbury*, Harrison (West Lafayette)*, Homestead, Huntington North, Jasper, Lafayette Central Catholic, LaPorte*, Lebanon, Norwell*, Providence, Terre Haute South, Valparaiso, Warsaw, Yorktown, Zionsville.
Teams Returning from 2010 State Finals (10 of 21)
Avon, Brebeuf Jesuit, Columbus North, Evansville Harrison, Floyd Central, Harrison (West Lafayette), Jasper, Providence, Valparaiso, Warsaw.
Individuals Qualified without a Team (21)
Brandon Bekkering, South Vermillion.
Shane Bryant, Seeger.
Quentyn Carpenter, Triton.
Bo Culp, Rensselaer Central.
Eric Davis, Triton Central.
Ben Marvin Egel, Northwestern.
Jordan Griffith, Madison.
Nick Grubnich, Crown Point.
Sam Hall, Heritage Christian.
Michael Makris, Mishawaka Marian.
Logan McBride, Northridge.
Chris Meuth, Evansville Memorial.
Dylan Meyer, Evansville Central.
Dalton Miller, Mississinewa.
Colon Proctor, Pendleton Heights.
Michael Sharp, East Noble.
Trey Turner, Bedford North Lawrence.
Keegan Vea, Evansville Memorial.
Johnny Watson, Hamilton Southeastern.
Austin Winings, Brownsburg.
Jon Williams, Indianapolis Cathedral.
Individuals Returning from 2010 Top 25 (9)
1. Patrick Rodgers, Avon.
4. Jacob Gould, Brebeuf Jesuit.
T5. Nick Grubnich, Crown Point.
T5. Sean Stone, Evansville Harrison.
T8. Jon Finley, Homestead.
13. Jared Sturgeon, Floyd Central.
T14. Quentyn Carpenter, Triton.
T17. Tyler Nicol, Boone Grove.
T17. Wil Pahud, Brebeuf Jesuit.
Most Consecutive State Finals Appearances
21: Indianapolis Shortridge (1932-1957; State Tournament was discontinued from 1942-46 due to WWII).
Active Streaks of Consecutive State Finals Appearances (3 or more years)
3: Brebeuf Jesuit, Floyd Central, Warsaw.
First-Time Team State Finals Appearances
Boone Grove, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Lafayette Central Catholic.
State Finals Appearance Droughts Broken (10 years or more)
14: Huntington North (1997).
Former State Champions in the Field
Patrick Rodgers, Avon (2010 state champion; 2009 state runner-up).
Best Scores in 2011 State Tournament (Among State Finalists)
281: Avon (sectional).
286: Zionsville (sectional).
290: Brebeuf Jesuit (sectional); Terre Haute South (sectional).
292: Homestead (sectional).
295: Avon (regional); Evansville Harrison (regional).
296: Jasper (regional).
297: Columbus North (regional).
298: Columbus North (sectional).
Best Scores in 2011 State Tournament (Among State Finalists)
65: Joe Whipple, Avon (sectional).
66: Austin Winings, Brownsburg (sectional).
67: Dylan Meyer, Evansville Central (regional).
68: Keegan McKinney, Avon (regional); Will Pahud, Brebeuf Jesuit (sectional).
IHSGCA Poll of June 1, 2011 (State finalist teams in bold)
1. Zionsville (7 1st place votes)
2. Warsaw (3)
3. Brebeuf Jesuit (4)
5. Evansville Memorial
7. Bedford North Lawrence
9. Hamilton Southeastern
10. Evansville Harrison
12. Pendleton Heights
16. Harrison (West Lafayette)
17. Center Grove
18. Floyd Central
19. Columbus North
20. Culver Military
Honorable Mention: Martinsville, Terre Haute South, LaPorte, Triton, West Lafayette, Brownstown Central.