WINONA LAKE – The golf must go on.
That was the case Saturday as 14 teams, including host Warsaw, braved the elements to compete in the annual Don Dicken Classic at the Stonehenge Golf Club.
Westfield, led by medalist Andrew Lewis, overcame the wet and cold conditions and 13 other teams to earn the championship of the prestigious annual event.
Westfield shot a 297 on the day, nine strokes better than runner-up Zionsville (306). Penn was third at 307 with Carmel (319) and Fort Wayne Canterbury (321) rounding out the top five.
The host Tigers shot a 326 on the day to finish in a tie for seventh place in the final team standings with Avon.
Senior Sam Yeager led the way for Warsaw as he fired a round of 76, which was good enough to tie for eighth place among individuals.
Senior Luke Delp had an 82 for the Tigers, while classmates Jacob LaLonde and Tommy Meier shot 83 and 85 respectively for the hosts. Junior Chase Byron shot a 93.
“The conditions were pretty tough, with all three elements at work of rain, wind and cold,” said Warsaw coach Rich Haddad. “However, all the teams competed in the same environment on the same course so it was challenging for everyone. I was proud of the guys for how hard they hung in there, and it was a good learning experience as we keep improving this early in the year.”
Lewis, who plans to play at Purdue, carded a three-under round of 68 to claim medalist honors.
Homestead took sixth place with a 322 with Warsaw and Avon both at 326. St. Joe was next at 337, followed by Yorktown (342), Lake Central (354), Triton (355), Rochester (376) and Manchester (399).
Warsaw returns to action by hosting Homestead on Thursday at Stonehenge.
The Warsaw junior varsity team captured a second-place finish Saturday in the 10-team Rochester Invitational.
The JV Tigers fired a 370 to place behind NorthWood in the event held at the Round Barn Golf Course.
Freshman Tucker Carlie shot an 85 to share top honors in the event, but lost in a playoff to decide individual medalist honors.
Brian Elliott had an 88 for the JV Tigers. Noah Pequignot shot a 97 with Mason Whitaker at 108 and Bryce Welk at 129 for Warsaw.
NorthWood claimed the team title at Rochester with a 361.
Micah Pippenger paced the Panthers with a 92. Liam Hammond and Noah Schwartz each shot 97, while Jon Cripe had a 98 and Keaton Kitson at 102 for the champions from Nappanee.