CARMEL – Bishop Dwenger's Jonny Filler was not entirely satisfied with his round at Prairie View Golf Club on Tuesday, the first of the two-day IHSAA boys state finals, but his 2-over-par 74 was the best of any area player and leaves him tied for ninth, three strokes off the lead.
Filler was displeased by a double-bogey on the ninth hole, when the tee shot drifted too far left and he lost the ball in the rough. He said he made mistakes on “easy” holes like the par-5 13th and the 12th, a 130-yard par-3.
“Those were just little tempo mistakes and one bad course-management choice,” Filler said.
Nick Dentino of Carmel and Kash Bellar of Peru are tied for the lead after each shot a 2-under-par 70.
Defending champion Carmel leads with a 299, four strokes better than Center Grove. Bishop Dwenger is seventh in the 15-team field at 315, and Warsaw is 12th at 328.
“We didn't shoot ourself out of it,” Bishop Dwenger coach Dave Scudder said. “We had three that didn't play very well; Nick (Holder) played very well at No. 4, shot 77, and Jonny wasn't happy with his game, but 74 is a good score. ... It's a tough golf course, and you've got the best players in the state playing, so I'm not disappointed. We've still got a shot of getting in the top five.”
Filler is not out of contention for the individual title. In 2018, Bishop Dwenger's Logan Ryan shot a 72 on the first day, four strokes behind Mitchell Davis of Chesterton heading into the second round.
Trailing a number of players after the first round, Ryan shot a 73 on the second day, which was enough to get him to the playoff, which he won.
“I would think (Filler would) have to be under par for sure (today), because Clay was 2-over today, but he was 4-under at one time until he made a triple (bogey),” Scudder said when asked about Filler's chances of bringing home another individual title for the Saints. “I think it's going to be under par to win the state championship.”
Meanwhile the young Tigers, all five of whom were playing their first state championship round, experienced growing pains on the Carmel course. Freshman Cal Hoskins had the best score for Warsaw with a 4-over 76.
“I think they were a little nervous on the first nine (holes), which is expected,” Warsaw coach Rich Haddad said about his team, which includes two freshmen and a sophomore. “It's a big event, and they make a big deal of it. ... We had a couple of blow-up holes, which ruins your score, and so we'll figure out how to take some encouragement from those. But overall, just a great day. It's a young team, and this is a huge experience for them.”
Homestead's Adam DeLong, who qualified as an individual, is in 90th place in the 100-player field after shooting a 16-over 88. Bailey Clark, an individual qualifier from DeKalb, is tied for 74th at 12 over.
“I couldn't putt at all; off the tee, I had quite a bit of bad tee shots, which got me in some trouble, and then second shots were hard out of the fescue,” Clark said. “I putted a little bit after (my round), and I think my putting will get better tomorrow.”
Columbia City freshman Alex Hedrick, who was competing as an individual, had a disastrous first nine holes, shooting 14-over-par. However, he turned it around in the second half of his round, shooting even par to finish the first day tied for 83rd.
“Just being a freshman, starting off on the back nine, I was a little nervous,” Hedrick said. “The third hole on the front nine, which was my 12th hole, I chipped in for a birdie, and I felt a little more comfortable then; started making par.”
Local Leader board
|T9. Jonny Filler, Bishop Dwenger||74 (+2)|
|T21. Cal Hoskins, Warsaw||76 (+4)|
|T27. Nick Holder, Bishop Dwenger||77 (+5)|
|T51. Chase Byron, Warsaw||81 (+9)|
|T57. Joseph Brita, Bishop Dwenger||82 (+10)|
|T57. Corey Ryan, Bishop Dwenger||82 (+10)|
|T74. Jack Yeager, Warsaw||84 (+12)|
|T74. Bailey Clark, DeKalb||84 (+12)|
|T74. Danny Kimes, Bishop Dwenger||84 (+12)|
|T83. Alex Hedrick, Columbia City||86 (+14)|
|T87. Tucker Carlile, Warsaw||87 (+15)|
|90. Adam DeLong, Homestead||88 (+16)|
|T95. Zach LaLonde, Warsaw||92 (+20)|
|1. Carmel||299 (+11)|
|7. Bishop Dwenger||315 (+27)|
|12. Warsaw||328 (+40)|