BATTLE GROUND -- If anyone's due for some putts to fall, it's Mitch Davis.
A week after firing a two-under 68, it was putting that Davis said prevented
him from possibly shooting a sectional record.
On Thursday at the Lafayette Jefferson Regional at Battle Ground Golf Club,
the ball once again seemed to elude the bottom of the cup. The Trojans
senior was still able to card an even-par 72 to advance to the state finals
that will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday at Prairie View Golf Club in
“I definitely hit well enough to shoot a 67, 68, but I just didn't have
enough putts fall,” Davis said. “I was catching edges and lipped out a
couple times but that's just how it goes, it is what it is. It wasn't like I
missed a bunch of short ones, just none of them were falling.”
Davis said he felt like he only hit one bad shot last week and it was more
of the same on Thursday.
“I hit 11 fairways (Thursday) and had only two drives under 300 yards so I
was killing the driver,” he said. “The wind fooled me a couple times where I
overshot the green or came up short. I missed the center of the club face
maybe twice, none of them were big misses.”
It'll be the third appearance at the state meet for Davis, who will take a
hot streak into it.
“I'm super confident going in,” he said. “My last five compeittive rounds
have been par or better. I've been swinging it really well, putting really
well and my stroke is solid. It's just a matter of seeing the line and
matching up the speed and making those putts.”
He'll look to crack the top ten for the first time after finishing tied for
12th as a freshman and 20th as a junior.
“He was striping his driver and hitting his irons really well, he just
couldn't get anything to fall,” Chesterton coach Jordan Nelson said. “If you
can be upset with a 72, that's a pretty good day. He battled and birdied 17
to get back to even and was par on 18. He grinded all day long, it was just
a struggle with some of the greens for him, but he played really well.
“We're just hoping that Tuesday and Wednesday that it all clicks in because
if it does, he can go really, really low. He has good momentum, especially
with how he's swinging it.”
As a team, the Trojans took fourth place with a score of 310. Carmel won
with a 294 followed by Zionsville and Brebeuf, who both totaled 298.
“We played really, really well on the back nine,” Nelson said. “Everyone got
off to a little bit of a slow start on the front but everyone battled back
and did everything they could on the back and I'm proud of each and every
one of them for what they did and how they fought back to give us a chance.”
A 310 would have advanced the Trojans at three other sectional sites.
“We knew it was going to take something under 300,” Nelson said. “It's a
tough regional with a lot of really good teams and players. We knew what we
had to do to get out of here as a team and I think that score right on the
nose was able to advance.”
Devin Trusty -- who will assume the No. 1 spot for Davis next season --
missed forcing a playoff for the fifth individual spot by two strokes with a
“That was a really good score for Devin,” Nelson said. “He's worked hard all
year long and it pains me that he shoots a 77 and doesn't get in. He's gonna
be leading our team next year for sure and this will light a fire under him.
He's gonna be bummed, but it was a really solid season for him. I know he'll
come back even stronger next year because he's done that each and every
Cameron Schultz (80), Sean Elliott (81) and Jackson Kerkes (94) rounded out
the totals for the Trojans.
“It's tough right now, but it was a great season with a really great team,”
Nelson said. “With the way they battled back and gave us a shot on the back
nine, that's all I could ask for.”
Guerin Catholic's Ty Gingerich was the medalist with a 66.
AT BATTLE GROUND, Par 72
1. Carmel, 294; 2. Zionsville, 298; 3. Indianapolis Brebeuf, 298; 4.
Chesterton, 310; 5. West Lafayette Harrison, 315; 6. Lafayette Central
Catholic, 316; 7. Valparaiso, 321; 8. Crown Point, 326; 9. Benton Central,
332; 10. Logansport, 341; 11. Munster, 343; 12. Winamac, 343; 13. Lake
Central, 357; 14. Boone Grove, 359; 15. Hanover Central, 372; 16. Rochester
Community, 373; 17. LaPorte, 377; 18. Michigan City, 395.
Benton Central -- Caleb Leak 78, Conner McMillan 81, Cameron Wolf 86, Aaron
Sandel 87, Aaron Braaskma 99.
Boone Grove -- Conner Lucas 85, Aaron Lukas 98, Nick Kazmierczak 84, Kyle
Wauro 92, Dylan Castellanos 105.
Indianapolis Brebeuf -- Nick Frey 74, Drew Wrightson 69, Billy McCullough
77, Max Moroknek 81, Jack Miller 78.
Carmel -- Nicholas Dentino 73, Clay Stirsman 74, Cole Harris 73, Luke Prall
74, Curtis Robertson 74.
Chesterton -- Mitch Davis 72, Devin Trusty 77, Sean Elliott 81, Cameron
Schultz 80, Jackson Kerkes 94.
Crown Point -- Yianni Kostouros 76, Connor Proudman 87, Mikey Pinchok 85,
Nick Crook 86, Finn Kiger 79.
Hanover Central -- Joe Jackson 87, Cody Donovan 89, Richardo Vazquez 98,
Anthony Alello 98, Jared Tomac 109.
West Lafayette Harrison -- Nic Hofman 72, Tom Newton 80, Colin Keyes 80,
Anthony McCauley 83, William Long 83.
Lafayette Central Catholic -- Evan Cooley 80, Wes Dullin 78, Patrick Gothard
78, Sean Buckley 80, Andrew Pannell 87.
LaPorte -- Max Holmes 82, Conrad Porter 91, Cas Pulaski 105, Graham Siefker
99, Mason Jones 111.
Lake Central -- Reid Dahlkamp 88, Tyler Good 89, Gino Panici 88, Thomas Cope
92, Jimmy Flessor 97.
Logansport -- Parker Wilburn 92, John Easter 84, Garrick Robbins 81, Evan
Ulery 88, Trevor Vietti 88.
Michigan City -- Nick Gushrowski 75, Jack Smith 91, Jack Attar 105, Connor
Reynolds 124, Omar Serrano 127.
Munster -- Tony Daniels 79, Luke Dragicevich 89, Easan Venkat 85, Lou
DalleCarbonare 92, John Stanko 90.
Rochester -- Reece Renie 84, Kalvary Lingenfelter 82, Wade Shafer 96, Wes
Scobie 111, Trey Adley 112.
Valparaiso -- Andrew Karr 81, Mark Civanich 80, Michael Smith 76, Zach
Holmes 84, Ryan Gring 88.
Winamac -- Harley Pugh 83, Calvin Larkin 85, Karson Kasten 83, Will Larkin
92, Logan Huggler 105.
Zionsville -- Joey Ranieri 71, Lucas Beck 75, Drew Wood 76, Reid
VonDielingen 80, Colin Nasser 76.
Andrean -- Joseph Curtain 84.
Guerin Catholic -- Ty Gingrich 66 (MEDALIST).
Hammond Morton -- Brandon Olson 113.
Highland -- Fred Kepler 83.
Hobart -- Harrison Smith 88.
Lowell -- Jordan Harris 86.
Michigan City Marquette -- Michael Sakich 98, Johnny Roder 82.
McCutcheon -- Jeffrey Cook 89, Dylan Dexter 81.
Portage -- Brandon Blue 87.
Rensselaer Central -- Jacob Hillan 90, Alex Gull 81.
Twin Lakes -- Jadden Ousley 79.
Westfield -- Ethan Lutz 82, Andrew Lewis 72.
West Lafayette -- Noah Theobald 93.
Wheeler -- Brandon Serafin 110.