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July 10, 2013Rossville Middle High School
Doyle places second at Lafayette Sectional
Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013 4:00 am
BATTLE GROUND – The first hole proved to be a pretty good indicator for how Grant Doyle’s day would go.
The Clinton Prairie senior sent his first tee shot on Battle Ground’s 10th hole well off the fairway and into the trees. Doyle thought the second shot was going to the right and it hooked left, well off the intended target. Doyle’s third shot wasn’t much better as an attempt to punch it on to the green skipped around and went into the bunker.
But the fourth shot proved to be his saving grace, as a perfect chip shot hit the fringe of the green softly, rolled out straight and trickled into the cup to save par.
Doyle went on to shoot a 5-over-par 77, finishing second overall in Saturday’s Lafayette Jeff Sectional, taking one of three individual spots reserved for players not advancing to the regional as a team.
“It’s a good way to get things rolling,” Doyle said. “Lady Luck may have been on my side. Just to get things going with that was a good way to start the day, just having that go in and kickstart everything.”
Rossville sophomore Kaleb Harness is also moving on to Friday’s Lafayette Jeff Regional, also at Battle Ground. Harness was only one stroke back of Doyle, shooting a 6-over-par 78. McCutcheon’s Spencer Coverdale also shot a 78 to finalize the individual field.
“It’s a big deal for me,” Harness said. “It was one of my main goals this year.”
Harness said he was golfing in honor of Jay Shideler, his teammate last season who nearly died Friday after Shideler’s car caught on fire following a wreck. Anthony Zachman, also a teammate of Harness’ last year, pulled him out of the car before it became fully engulfed.
Harness wrote “JS” on his golf balls before the meet.
“It hit me hard knowing he almost died in an accident,” Harness said
Doyle followed up his par-saving chip with a birdie on the 11th hole and Doyle was well on his way. Doyle finished 3-over after his first nine holes (10-18) and 2-over on his back nine (1-9). For the day, Doyle hit three birdies and eight bogeys.
“I feel like I could go a little bit lower with a couple shots here and there,” Doyle said. “I had good opportunities to hit the ball close and opportunities to make some putts and did all day. If I didn’t hit the green, I had some good chances with chips to make a par putt.”
When Doyle played Battle Ground as a freshman, he shot a 102. The fact he has shaved 25 strokes off his game since his freshman year says a lot about the work Doyle has put into his game.
“I feel like I actually played to my potential (Saturday) and I didn’t play outside of what I could or anything like that,” Doyle said. “It feels good to finally make it out my senior year and everything, and go on to the next step.”
For Harness, he felt confident from the get-go, although the scorecard may not have reflected that. He bogeyed his first four holes – which means he played 2-over the final 14 holes of the day, giving the youngster plenty of confidence heading into Friday’s regional.
Harness had two birdies on the day at 6 and 17.
“That birdie (on 17) carried me because I would’ve been in a playoff if I didn’t make that birdie,” Harness said. “Chipping and putting today saved me, especially on the front nine. The first four holes I played awful. After hole five, I turned it on and that’s when I started playing well.”
Doyle, meanwhile, birdied 2, 11 and 16. He actually bogeyed the final two holes, which could’ve put him in contention for medalist honors. Harrison’s Alex Krauss was the medalist with a 75.
Rossville junior Austin Miller was also in contention to advance to the regional but fell short, finishing with an 83.
Harrison won the team title with a 312. Lafayette Central Catholic (339) was second and West Lafayette (340) third, and all three advance to the regional. McCutcheon (341) was fourth, followed by Benton Central (347), Rossville (350), Lafayette Jeff (357), Clinton Prairie (372), Carroll (401) and Frankfort (404).
For Rossville, Austin Treece shot a 92, Nick Whittle 97 and Conner Remaly 98. For Prairie, Alec Vantuinen carded a 102, Grant Miller 105 and Jacob Price 118.
Zach Robinson and Dakota Isgrigg led Frankfort as each shot a 98. Brett Waggoner carded a 100, and Chase Isgrigg and Shawn Chambers each shot a 108.
Harness advances to regionals
Rossville sophomore Kaleb Harness finished his sectional round by shooting a 6-over-par 78 on Saturday.
Miller was in contention
Rossville junior Adam Miller was in contention to advance as an individual in Saturday’s Lafayette Jeff Sectional. Miller finished the day with an 11-over-par 83.