Mitch Davis took hold of the IHSAA Golf State Finals early on Tuesday.
The IU signee
bolted out to a lead by carding a 4-under-par 68 in the opening round and
holds a three-shot lead over Carmel’s Clay Stirsman.
finally came together for Mitch,” Chesterton coach Jordan Nelson said. “His
ball striking was really good.”
Starting on the
back nine at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, Davis birdied holes 12, 13
and 18 on his way to a 3-under-par 33 on his first nine holes.
“He made a couple
of really great par saves when he needed to,” Nelson said of 8-footers on 11
and 15 to keep the momentum going. “Putts finally dropped for him. He only
had 23 putts today.”
Davis kept things
going with birdies on holes 1, 3 and 5 to get to 6-under-par on his round.
Bogeys on holes 8 and 9 to finish the day left him at 4-under-par.
“Despite the bogies
on the last two holes, it was a really solid round and he’s in a good
position going into the final round (today),” Nelson said.
Davis teed off
today at 8:09 EST with Homestead’s Garrett Willis (1-over-par) and Peyton
Snoeberger of Seeger (even par).
The last Northwest
Indiana player to win the boys state golf title was Michigan City’s Anthony
Novak in 2006.