WINONA LAKE – The Bishop Dwenger boys golf team is developing a nemesis in NorthWood, which edged the Saints for the championship at the Warsaw Regional on Thursday.
NorthWood took the team title at Stonehenge Golf Club with a 305, bettering the sixth-ranked Saints by three strokes.
Both teams, along with third-place Homestead (310), advanced to the state finals, which are Tuesday and Wednesday at The Legends of Indiana in Franklin.
We were hoping to go lower today, but we’re satisfied that we’re going to be going down to the state finals, said James Wagner, who led Dwenger with a 4-over 75.
Dwenger’s Spencer Gillig shot a 77, while John Hope, Callahan Elzey and Patrick Allgeier had 78s.
The course was playing long, sort of, but the wind would help you along if you were downwind, Wagner said. The wet conditions, though, weren’t all that great.
The Saints lost only one dual match in the regular season, to Carroll, and captured the SAC title before winning a sectional for the seventh time in nine years.
NorthWood was the only team to defeat the Saints in an 18-hole invitational.
The Saints hoped to exact some revenge Thursday but didn’t. NorthWood was paced by a 73 from Brayden Glaser.
Everybody had some bad holes, but in the long run, we played really good, Dwenger coach Dave Scudder said. We had five guys under 80 and that’s always nice. But they did want to win, were sort of disappointed that they didn’t, because we hadn’t won regionals in a while.
Tyler Prentkowski of John Glenn took medalist honors with a 71, after he defeated Canterbury’s Michael Brothers in a playoff. Heritage’s Nick Bienz advanced as an individual, too, with a 72.
Homestead, which won the NHC championship, was paced by 76s from Ellis Yoder and Alec Cunningham. Nick Myers had a 78. Chris Eigner added an 80.
This course was a lot different (than what we played in sectionals at Chestnut Hills). It was a little faster and better conditions, Yoder said. We’re pretty happy with our score. We’re just happy to get through because we had some tough competition. But we made it.
Northridge finished fourth with a 315. Leo, Columbia City and Mishawaka Marian all had 316s.
Leo was led by Chandler Reinking’s 73 and Nate Morris’ 77. Columbia City was paced by Spencer Klimek’s 73 and Tyler Green’s 79.
Mishawaka Marian’s Michael Makris advanced to the state finals as an individual with a 72. Peru’s Cameron Smith, who had a 73, won a five-man playoff for the third and final advancement spot. Carroll’s Garrett Leeper was part of the playoff.