By Mike Deak
FRANKLIN – High school golf was a thing Wednesday in a mock tournament put together by the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association. The Indiana Class of 2020 Senior Open was held at The Legends of Golf course, a host site of the IHSAA State Championships.
While not an officially sanctioned IHSAA event, the coaches association decided to put on the event to the first 120 high school senior golfers that applied to compete. Among those were a handful of area golfers that took their cuts on the state course.
The event was a two-day event over Wednesday, and for the top 36 to make the cut, a second round this morning.
Tippecanoe Valley’s Cade Brouyette posted a 42-43-85, but fell short of the cutline. Brouyette, the ace for the Vikings, carded birdies on the sixth and 13th holes as part of his round, but struggled in a pair of triples on the eighth and 17th.
NorthWood’s Keaton Kitson had a tough front nine, only making par on one hole while stacking up a 51, then rallied a little on the back nine with a 49. His 100, though, fell well short of the cut, ending his tourney.
Only two of the area golfers made the cut for day two, those being Peru’s Corbin Robinson and Penn’s Bazil Fury. Robinson currently sits in a tie for 11th after his round of 76 and Fury is tied for 19th after a 79.
Other area golfers not making the cut included Columbia City’s Mitchell Wilson (+13), Goshen’s Ethan Vallejo (+35) and Rochester’s Kalvary Lingenfelter, who had an incomplete score.
Leading after round one is Tyler Nickol of Avon, who was the lone golfer to shoot below par in posting a three-under 69. His three-shot lead has Nic Hofman of Lafayette Harrison, Alex Bratton of Yorktown and Mark Civanich of Valpo all chasing after rounds of 72.
Stillson Lurking Once Again
Another tournament, another chase for a title for NorthWood junior Cybil Stillson.
Stillson is sitting in second after the first of two days of play at the Howard Bailey Junior Golf Tour stop at Harbour Trees Golf Course in Noblesville.
Carding birdies on the sixth and 17th holes, Stillson only crossed over par on five holes, and just one of those was a double bogey. At 75 on the par-71 course, Stillson is three shots back of Columbus’ Nathaly Munnicha, who was stellar with a first-round score of 72.
The locals were also part of the tour stop, with Stillson’s teammate, Breanna Goss, sitting tied with five others with an 82. Northridge graduate Braedyn O’Dell is one shot back of Goss at 83, and Kirsten Schrock, a 2020 NorthWood grad, is tied with six others in 34th place with an 89.
Round two at Harbour Trees gets underway this morning.