June 10, 2012
Defending Champs Brebeuf Jesuit, Warsaw’s Tyler Ostrom Return to Boys Golf Finals
Two-time defending state champion Brebeuf Jesuit along with individual champion Tyler Ostrom of Warsaw both return to the field and a chance to repeat as the 76th Annual IHSAA Boys Golf State Finals begin Tuesday at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
Twenty-one teams advanced five golfers each and 22 individuals have moved on without their squads for a total of 127 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. Please note, a revised list of tee times and pairings were issued Saturday afternoon. It’s available here.
Brebeuf Jesuit emerged the winner in last year’s final after a fifth score tiebreaker with Columbus North which also registered a two-round total of 591. Both squads have advanced back to this year’s finals with each winning their respective regional championship. The Braves will be attempting to win an unprecedented third straight state championship with three holdovers from last year’s team including Wil Pahud, Max Gagnier and Will Tenbarge. Pahud, who tied for 10th last year, has played on the last two title teams. Columbus North also returns three from last year – Tanner Bennett, Michael VanDeventer and Christian Fairbanks. VanDeventer tied for fifth last year.
Seven other teams from last year return as well including No. 3 Evansville Harrison, No. 4 Valparaiso and No. 5 Floyd Central. In all, seven of the top 10 teams in the latest golf coaches poll have reached the state finals.
Providence will make its fifth consecutive appearance in the state finals, the longest run among this year’s field while No. 11 Heritage Hills and No. 14 Westfield are making their first trip to this level of the tournament.
Defending state champion Tyler Ostrom of Warsaw is one of six players back from last year’s top 10. He won the sectional at Stonehenge in a playoff and tied for third in the regional at Orchard Ridge. He’ll take his shot at becoming 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).
Also joining Ostrom from last year’s top 10 is Zionsville’s Adam Wood, the 2011 state runner-up. Wood won the sectional at Crawfordsville Municipal as well as the regional at Battle Ground.
Jordan Griffith of Madison and Will Seger of Jasper have turned in some of the best scores in this tournament. Griffith carded a 66 in the sectional at Sunrise Municipal and a 69 at in the regional at Champions Pointe while Seger boasted a 69 in the sectional at Sultan’s Run before turning a 68 in the regional at Country Oaks.
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 Golf Club, 2555 N. Hurricane Road, Franklin, IN, 46131.
About The Course | Driving Directions | Course Statistics | Course Photographs
Round 1: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 7:30 am ET / 6:30 am CT.
Round 2: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 7:30 am ET / 6:30 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: Golfstat.com
First Round Tee Times & Pairings (revised Saturday, 5 pm ET) | Order Photos
Media Hosts: Sports Information Director Jason Wille and staff assistant Mike Wilson will be on hand to assist in your coverage.
Media Credentials: The 2011-12 IHSAA State Finals Media Credential 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 11, at 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.
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 Saturday’s second round will be posted to the IHSAA website as soon as possible on Friday following completion of the first round.
Teams Qualified (21) *indicates regional champion.
Brebeuf Jesuit*, Carmel, Columbus North*, Evansville Harrison, Floyd Central, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Heritage Hills, Indianapolis Cathedral, Jasper*, Martinsville, Mishawaka Marian, Noblesville*, Northridge, Penn, Providence, Tipton, Valparaiso*, Warsaw*, West Lafayette, Westfield, Zionsville*.
Teams Returning from 2011 State Finals (9 of 21)
Brebeuf Jesuit, Columbus North, Evansville Harrison, Floyd Central, Jasper, Providence, Valparaiso, Warsaw, Zionsville.
Individuals Qualified without a Team (22) *indicates regional champion.
Mike Bareni, Lake Central.
Joel Collins, LaPorte*.
Chase Ellsworth, Bellmont.
Evan Embry, Henryville.
Clayton French, Linton-Stockton.
Jordan Griffith, Madison*.
Zach Gurtner, LaVille.
Johnny Gulley, Plainfield.
Cody Johnson, Harrison (West Lafayette).
Dillon Meyer, Evansville Central.
Spencer Mortola, Lakeland*.
Nathan Pirtle, Sullivan.
Rylan Porter, Plainfield*.
Cody Richardson, Lakeland.
Zach Schroeder, Lebanon.
Zach Seeler, Marion.
Michael Sharp, East Noble.
Jordan Sweet, Huntington North.
Chase Wagner, Bedford North Lawrence.
Dylan Windler, Perry Meridian.
Jason Woolums, New Castle.
Anthony Zachman, Rossville.
Teams Returning from 2011 Top 10 (6)
T1. Brebeuf Jesuit.
T1. Columbus North.
T4. Floyd Central.
8. Evansville Harrison.
Individuals Returning from 2011 Top 10 (6)
1. Tyler Ostrom, Warsaw.
2. Adam Wood, Zionsville.
T5. Michael Sharp, East Noble.
T5. Michael VanDeventer, Columbus North.
T10. Will Seger, Jasper.
T10. 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)
4: Brebeuf Jesuit, Floyd Central, Warsaw.
3: Columbus North, Evansville Harrison, Jasper, Valparaiso.
First-Time Team State Finals Appearances
Heritage Hills, Westfield.
State Finals Appearance Droughts Broken (10 years or more)
Former State Champions in the Field
Tyler Ostrom, Warsaw (2011 state champion).
Former State Runners-Up in the Field
Adam Wood, Zionsville (2011 state runner-up).
First-Time Regional Champions in the Field
Regional Championship Droughts Broken (10 years or more)
Best Scores in 2012 State Tournament (Among State Finalists)
288: Martinsville (sectional).
293: Columbus North (regional).
294: Columbus North (sectional), Evansville Harrison (sectional), Floyd Central (regional), Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (sectional).
295: Floyd Central (sectional).
296: Indianapolis Cathedral (sectional), Jasper (regional), Jasper (sectional), Zionsville (sectional).
298: Brebeuf Jesuit (sectional).
Best Scores in 2012 State Tournament (Among State Finalists)
66: Jordan Griffith, Madison (sectional), Dylan Meyer, Evansville Central (sectional).
67: Rylan Porter, Plainfield (regional).
68: Will Seger, Jasper (regional).
69: Jordan Griffith, Madison (regional), Will Seger, Jasper (sectional), Mike VanDeventer, Columbus North (sectional), Jordan Wildt, Evansville Harrison (sectional).
IHSGCA Poll of May 24, 2012 (State finalist teams in bold)
1. Columbus North (5).
2. Brebeuf Jesuit (4).
3. Evansville Harrison (2).
5. Floyd Central.
6. Bedford North Lawrence.
10. Evansville Memorial.
11. Heritage Hills.
13. Hamilton Southeastern.
17. Evansville North.
18. Center Grove.
19. Indianapolis Cathedral.
Honorable mention: Fort Wayne Canterbury, Penn, Northridge, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger.
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Founded in 1903, the purpose of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. (IHSAA) is to encourage, regulate and give direction to wholesome amateur interschool athletic competition between its 408 member schools. The Association provides state championship tournament series in 20 sports, 10 for girls and 10 for boys. Approximately 160,000 student athletes participate in IHSAA sports on an annual basis.
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