Times Sports Editor
FRANKLIN -- The Northview Knights played their first round at the IHSAA State Golf Finals since the 2000 season on Tuesday evening and wrapped up their season with a team score of 326 in a tie for 20th place.
Senior Kade Baker's season continues today after he qualified as an individual for the second round of competition with his round of 74.
The top nine teams advanced to the second round along with the top nine individuals that didn't qualify with a team for the final round today.
The Knights put themselves behind the eight ball early after beginning their round on the back nine at The Legends Course in Franklin.
Steady rains made for soggy play early in the day and the Knights got off to a slow start during the first several holes. The team was a combined 12-over-par during the first three holes of the round when the rain took hold.
Once the Knights settled in, the team played much better, including Baker, who rebounded after playing his first three holes at three-over par.
Baker bounced back to shoot one-under during the remaining 15 holes, including a dramatic finish that enabled him to qualify for the final round.
Heading into the final three holes of his round, Baker was on the outside looking in at three-over par.
"I told him that he was probably going to have to birdie two of the final holes," Buell said.
After bogeying the par-3, 15th hole, Baker put his tee shot behind a tree on the par-4, No. 16 hole.
"He put his shot in a tough place," Buell said. "But he hit a great low second shot that rolled across the green and then hit an absolutely perfect chip for a birdie."
That chip-in proved critical after Baker wrapped up his round with a par on the 18th hole and cemented his 74, which was the cut for top individuals to advance.
Drew Snyder played a steady round on Monday, shooting par on the first four holes before a double bogey on No. 14 and a triple on No. 18. However, outside of those two holes, the junior shot three-over par on his way to a round of 80, which was the Knights' second best score.
Austin Akers was 10-over par during his first nine holes, but played well as the weather brightened and carded a 39 on the front nine for a round of 85 for the Knights.
Snyder's classmates, Ryan Turner and Daniel Eaglin, had some tough holes throughout their rounds and finished up with an 87 (Turner) and a 93 (Eaglin), but will return next season for a chance at a rematch against the state championship course.
"I was proud that we made a comeback," Buell said of his team's second nine holes. "We kept fighting. We were playing some of the toughest holes on the course and you combine that with the rain. . .
"This was a great year for us, we got to the state finals for only the second time, we had a great regular season, tying the school record for wins. We set the goal of getting here at the beginning of the season," Buell added.
Avon sophomore, Patrick Rodgers, played the front nine in four-under-par, 32, on the way to a first round leading, 69. Not coincidentally, the Orioles have the first round lead with a five-over-par, 293. Evansville North reached the clubhouse in second-place with a 296 with Hamilton Southeastern in third with a 299.
Defending team champion, Indianapolis Cathedral, scored a 306 for sixth-place after the first round. Last year's individual champion, Corey Ziedonis, shot a one-over-par, 73, in the first round.
Baker is scheduled to tee off on the front nine this morning at 8 a.m.
IHSAA State Golf Finals
At The Legends Course
Team Scores: Avon 293, Evansville North 296, Hamilton Southeastern 299, Chesterton 300, Brebeuf Jesuit 302, Indianapolis Cathedral 306, Floyd Central 306, Providence 306, Twin Lakes 310, LaPorte 312, Yorktown 313, Bedford North Lawrence 316, Carmel 316, Lafayette Jefferson 316, Mishawaka Marian 316, Homestead 319, Prairie Heights 319, Warsaw 320, Terre Haute South 322, Northview 326, West Lafayette 326
First Round Leaderboard
|1. Patrick Rodgers (Avon)||69||-3|
|T2. Tyler Merkel (Ev. Cent)||71||-1|
|T2. David Mills (Ev. North)||71||-1|
|T2. Taylor Noel (Boone Grove)||71||-1|
|T5. Tyler Evans (Center Grove)||72||E|
|T5. David Frank (Floyd Central)||72||E|
|T5. John Frisby (Lebanon)||72||E|
|T5. Parker Sheppard (Ham SE)||72||E|
|T9. Tyler Keith (Oak Hill)||73||+1|
|T9. Brodie Williams (Lapel)||73||+1|
|T9. Corey Ziedonis (Cathedral)||73||+1|
|T12. Kade Baker (Northview)||74||+2|
T12. (12 others tied at +2)
Kade Baker 74, Drew Snyder 80, Austin Akers 85, Ryan Turner 87, Daniel Eaglin 93
Terre Haute South (322)
Thomas Goss 77, Zach Hosking 80, Brock Welch 82, Shelby Stewart 83, Jackson Jarvis 86