Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Bishop Dwenger's Logan Ryan tees off Thursday during the boys golf regional at Stonehenge. Ryan was low man for the Saints with a 3-over 74.
Friday, June 08, 2018 1:00 am
Saints heading back to state
Dwenger finishes 3rd to advance for 7th year
AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette
WINONA LAKE – Bishop Dwenger was the lone area team to finish in the top three at the Warsaw boys golf regional Thursday at Stonehenge and advance to next week's state finals.
Penn won the team title with a 13-over 297, seven strokes ahead of runner-up Culver (304). The Saints were third with a 305.
Homestead and Canterbury shot 306, with the Spartans coming out ahead on the fifth-man score to finish fourth.
The berth is the seventh consecutive appearance for the Saints.
The streak is the longest active streak in the state, a mark that was previously shared with Westfield, which was knocked out at the sectional.
“I think moving on just shows that the success at Bishop Dwenger is more than just the players,” the Saints' Logan Ryan said. “Seven years is impressive, and it shows how good we've been as a program.”
Ryan led the team with a 2-over 73 followed by Luke Miller's 3-over 74. The team was boosted by Ariel DeLuna at the No. 5 position, who shot a 78.
“Every one of us is capable of a low score,” Miller said. “The guys have been playing good, we just haven't all clicked on one day, yet. We're going to rest up these next few days, fix up some things so we can go down and do what we know we can do.”
Although Homestead missed out on the team's fifth straight trip to state, seniors Garrett Willis and Bradan Kattman advanced. Willis lost a playoff for medalist honors after shooting a 1-under 70, falling to Penn's Ben Szlarek.
“I hit the one bad tee shot the entire day on the playoff hole,” Willis said. “I put in a ball in the water on 18. I hit a fairly decent third shot to give myself a chance to get up and down for par, but I hit a bad drive and a bad chip, two things I hadn't done the entire day. I can't be upset at all with one hole about not going my way.
“I played a solid round of golf today, mentally. I bogeyed on 15, that really wasn't a good bogey for having a wedge in the middle of the fairway but after that, I had a really good up and down on 16 to keep myself in it. I just made a lot of pars today. I kept grinding pars out.”
For the fifth advancing spot, Kattman had to win a three-player playoff that went three holes before he birdied the third hole, beating out Canterbury's Carson Stohler by a stroke. The Cavaliers' Arnie Lal was eliminated on the first playoff hole.
The three players each shot a 75.
“I stepped up, felt confident, hit the shots I needed to hit,” Kattman said. “I hit two pars, which Carson matched, and I ended up beating him with a birdie on the third hole.”
Also advancing as an individual was Bishop Luers' Stephan Bolen, who shot a 74 to secure the fourth individual spot.
The state finals are Tuesday and Wednesday at Prairie View in Carmel.
MUNCIE CENTRAL REGIONAL: Bellmont finished sixth with a 322 at the Players Club. The Braves were led by a 78 from Brevin Slusher and a 79 from Chance Bressler and Parker Busick.
Also, Bluffton's Spencer Schwartz had an 87.
Indianapolis Cathedral won with a 309, Hamilton Southeastern was second with a 312 and Noblesville shot a 314. Medalist honors went to Heritage Christian's Drew Pickering with a 73.