FORT WAYNE – Defeating the Bishop Dwenger golf team in a three-way meet May 26 may have been the worst thing Canterbury and Homestead could have done.
The loss motivated the Saints so much, they shot a 294 to capture the South Side Sectional title at Brookwood Golf Club on Friday, despite cold, windy and rainy conditions. Dwengers 294 is believed to be a team record.
Playing here really helped us. We play this golf course a lot and have had a lot of success here, said Saints coach Dave Scudder, whose team won the SAC tournament at Brookwood.
And getting beat by Canterbury and Homestead a week ago, that put a little fire in our stomachs, too, to show them we werent quite the same team as then.
Drake Eifert shot a tournament-best 1-under 71 to pace the Saints. He went 3-under 33 on the back nine.
I just got lucky and made a few putts on the back, Eifert said with a smile.
The Saints have one senior, Carter Eifert – who tied for fifth place with a 75 – and advanced to Thursdays regional at Orchard Ridge Country Club.
Its obviously the first time weve shot this low, but hopefully its not the last, Drake Eifert said. You cant expect to do that every time but just about all of us played really good.
Jake Leonard had a 73 for the Saints, and Spencer Gillig added a 75.
John Hopes 78, the sectionals 12th best score, wasnt even good enough to count for Dwenger.
Im very surprised the scores were as good as they were today, Scudder said. Not necessarily (just) from our kids, but from everybody. You know how bad the conditions were.
It was maybe 50 degrees and windy and rainy, and to shoot 294, thats unbelievable.
Canterbury finished second with a 301, and Homestead grabbed the final regional berth with a 313, two strokes better than Concordia.
Canterbury was paced by Trevor Uhls 73.
They werent the best conditions today, but they were definitely (prime for scoring), Uhl said. The rain was off and on, but it got better throughout the day. The wind was somewhat of a challenge because it was gusting, but the pins were in good places.
Like always, were going to go for a win. But well take the second place, and well go on to regionals and continue the journey.
The Cavaliers Patrick OReilly had a 74, and Austin West shot a 75. Benji Stroup and Ethan Brinkman both carded 79s.
Homestead was led by Saurabh Sharmas 77. Kyle Davis shot a 78. Gunnar Smith and Chris Eigner had 79s.
Individual berths for regionals were captured by Robert Wray and Dan Wert of Concordia, who shot 75 and 77, respectively.
Northrops Aaron Hohman also moved on with a 77.