PLYMOUTH — Sean Hogan waited. And waited. And then waited some more.
The NorthWood High School senior was one of the first to tee off at the Plymouth boys golf regional Thursday, meaning he was one of the first to finish. When he sank a three-foot bogey putt on the 18th hole to finish with a score of 76, it was 1:15 p.m. Only a handful of players had finished by then, giving Hogan time to kill before the final results came in.
He went to lunch with his parents and coach, Phil Ummel. He walked around the Swan Lake Golf Club grounds, mostly checking the nine-hole scores that had been posted. He then went to check the final scores as they were coming in.
It took until the final grouping before Hogan found his fate. Once the final scores were tallied, Hogan’s heart sank.
His 76 fell just short of advancing to the state tournament next week in Carmel. Five individuals on non-advancing teams carded lower scores than the senior, including a 75 from Columbia City’s Alex Hendrick.
“I bogeyed the last hole, and I knew I was still in a good position,” Hogan said. “It just stunk having to wait for all the scores to come in and stay in it until the very end … I just didn’t make enough putts. Felt like more could’ve gone in.”
Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger won the team championship with a 305. Penn was second with a 307 and Warsaw third with a 318. The five individuals advancing to the state meet are Adam DeLong of Homestead (72), Bailey Clark of DeKalb (73), Kash Bellar of Peru (73), Brandon Hanson of Kokomo (74) and Hendrick. Jonny Filler (72) from Dwenger won a playoff against DeLong to be the individual medalist at the regional.
It was a bittersweet pill to swallow for Hogan.
“I feel good. I finally played good in the regional, so I feel content with it,” Hogan said. “I mean, I didn’t (advance). But, it’s a good ending note.”
The three teams — Westview, Concord and Goshen — that advanced from the Northridge sectional last week struggled against the steep competition at the regional. Westview carded the lowest score of the three, shooting a team score of 347.
“I think they played pretty good. They did the best they could,” Westview coach Jeff Marchant said. “We thought we’d come out of here with a better score because they’ve seen to really like the greens here … we’ve had a really good season this year.”
The Warriors were led by Carter Giggy, who shot a 77. Giggy is a senior and is heading to Franklin College to continue his golf career. Giggy was a huge part in the Warriors winning their first sectional title since 2002.
“The guy’s all look up to him. He’s our team leader,” Marchant said of Giggy. “He sets the bar up really high and they all try and get as close to him as they can.”
Concord finished just behind Westview with a 354. Travis Hermon carded an 82 to be the low scorer for the Minutemen. It’s a young team for coach Tim Koontz, with 10 of the 11 players on the Concord roster returning next season.
“We’re a young team. It’s good for all of our guys. We knew it’d be a tall task to get it out, whether as individuals or as a team,” Koontz said. “Hopefully we can be back here next year and compete a little more.”
Goshen also has a lot of youth, and playing in the regional was huge experience for them. They shot a team score of 362, led by freshman Chase Meyer’s 82. Having a chance to play at an event like the regional is something coach Brent Randall sees as a positive.
“I felt like they handled it pretty well. I think, for a younger team, we started on the tougher of the nine’s (back nine) and we shot better on the second nine (front nine),” Randall said. “Lots of positives to take away, and to be in this environment is a good thing.”
Both coaches admitted, though, that their teams have things to work on during the summer.
“A lot of it is still the mental stuff. Obviously, the short game is huge as far as playing — making putts, chipping is huge,” Koontz said. “I think some of our younger kids’ kind of got behind and couldn’t battle back and get it back together. That’s the biggest thing; golf is such a mental game.”
“Summer time is when you get better … kids are either going to put their clubs away now and not improve or they’re going to use the summer to get better,” Randall said. “We’re not particularly strong around the greens, and that’s the area I would tell our kids to work on.”
Other local individuals competing were Northridge freshman Tyler Frazier, who shot 87, and Fairfield junior Cody Maust, who shot 90.
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PLYMOUTH BOYS GOLF REGIONAL
Bishop Dwenger (305) — Jonny Filler 72, Danny Kimes 77, Corey Ryan 78, Sam Brita 78, Nick Holder 79
Penn (307) — Bazil Furry 75, Keegan Donze 76, Josh Yoder 78, Ryan Hahaj 78, Josh Gaughan 81
Warsaw (318) — Cal Hoskins 75, Chase Byron 75, Zach Lalonde 83, Tyler Carlile 85, Jack Yeager 87
Canterbury (319) — Cam Cobler 76, Joey Shaklik 79, Carson Stohler 82, Keegan Baldus 82, Cade Cobler 82
Peru (319) — Kash Bellar 73, Corbin Robison 79, Jake Van Baalen 79, T. Fred Eddy 88, Andrew Overton 92
DeKalb (323) — Bailey Clark 73, Gabe Schenk 79, Jack McComb 82, Gavin Morr 89, Kyle Toyias 92
Carroll (323) — Scottie Saylor 78, Cam GeRue 80, Ben Jackson 81, Chandler Boyce 84, Jack Bradley 93
Culver Academy (325) — Michael Perea 79, Arthur Davidson 80, Chase Frantti 83, Timothy Neu 83, Joshua Bellin 86
Homestead (326) — Adam DeLong 72, Ethan Schreck 81, Cole Marcuccilli 85, Klayton Davis 88, Trae Hille 89
South Bend St. Joseph (334) — Sean Egan 79, Paxson Campbell 82, Matthew Egan 85, JP Raster 88, Campbell Jones 91
Columbia City (338) — Alex Hendrick 75, Sean Bledsoe 85, Zach Harker 88, Wyatt Krider 90, Mitch Wilson 94
Western (338) — Kyle Sanders 81, Trevor White 82, Spencer Chambers 87, Levi Purtee 88, Avery Hayes 96
Lewis Cass (346) — Conrad Emmons 82, Ben Carpenter 84, Andy Conwell 86, Mason Hahn 94, Cayl Garland 99
Westview (347) — Carter Giggy 42-35—77, Brian Titus 44-44—88, Markus Miller 48-43—91, Zach Chastain 46-45—91, Bailey Hostetler 102
Concord (354) — Travis Hermon 40-43—83, Jake Eakins 39-45—84, Will Harris 44-45—89, Tim Linder 54-44—98, Andrew BonDurant 56-45—101
Goshen (362) — Chase Meyer 42-40—82, Jacob Moyer 41-48—89, Jake Jennette 45-45—90, Ethan Vallejo 49-42—101, Allan Garratt 53-50—103
Angola (364) — Drew Dunham 79, Caleb Price 89, Forrest Blaschak 96, Konner Knoll 100, Landon Henderson 120
South Bend Adams (375) — Charles Freel 81, Benjamin Thoman 86, Joshua Zahl 103, Matt Weaver 105, Adam Kern 111