Harrison's Bradley wins Playoff, Westfield Edges Center Grove for Team Title
Recap Courtesy of the IHSAA
Harrison's (West Lafayette) Cole Bradley and the Westfield Shamrocks were hailed as the newest IHSAA state champions at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel on Wednesday.
Bradley emerged the victor in a two-man playoff with Columbia City junior Spencer Klimek after two holes. Bradley parred No. 2 while Klimek settled for a bogey in the 10th playoff in state finals history and first since 2008. Both players had tied at 143 after 36 holes forcing the playoff.
The Harrison sophomore became the first state medalist in his school's history after starting the day tied for fifth place with a first round 71 on Tuesday. He finished the final round with a 72 but it was enough as Klimek fell back to the pack.
Klimek began the day with the lead after posting a first round 68 which included and eagle on the fifth hole and three birdies. He slipped on Wednesday finishing with 75 with two bogeys and a doube-bogey for a two round total of 143.
A six-way tie for third place followed the playoff pair including Center Grove's Austin Crowder, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger's Callahan Elzey, Westfield's Timmy Hildebrand and Thomas Lewis, Lebanon's Zach Schroeder and Muncie Central's Zach Bronnenberg. Each finished one stroke back at 144.
In the team competition, third-ranked Westfield (584) held off top-ranked Center Grove (588) by four strokes for its second state championship in three seasons. The Shamrocks and coach Jon Hoover also finished as the runner-up last year.
Zionsville (603) placed third behind the two front-runners while Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger and Hamilton Southeastern (605) tied for fourth in the team competition.
Also of note, Castle sophomore Austin Bratton used a 4-iron to score a hole-in-one on the par-3, 180 yard, 15th hole today. It was the fifth hole-in-one in boys state finals history and first since 2004.
Tuesday's opening round was played under most sunny skies with highs in the mid-80s. Wednesday's final round was played under scattered showers, some wind and temperatures in the high 70s.
It was the first time the boys state meet had been played at Prairie View after the girls event was played here last fall.
The 79th Annual IHSAA Boys Golf State Finals
June 16-17, 2015
Prairie View Golf Club, Carmel
State Finals Top 5 Team
Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger+29
State Finals Top Three Individual Scores
Cole Bradley, 10Harrison (West Lafayette)-1 *Playoff Winner
Spencer Klimek, 11Columbia City-1
Austin Crowder, 12Center Grove E
Callahan Elzey, 11Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger E
Zach Schroeder, 12Lebanon E
Thomas Lewis, 11Westfield E
Timmy Hildebrand, 12Westfield E
Keegan Bronnenberg, 11Muncie Central E
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