FORT WAYNE — Bishop Dwenger continued their winning tradition on the golf course with yet another trip to the IHSAA state championship, which finished up on June 17 at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel. Callahan Elzey carded a 72-72-144 to finish in a six-way tie for third place and pace the Saints who ended up as the fifth-place team overall. Kyle Miller, also a junior, shot a 74-75-149 for a 19th place finish. This year marked the fourth consecutive year Bishop Dwenger has advanced to the state meet.
Although they did not capture a fourth straight sectional title, Bishop Dwenger came back to win the school’s first-ever regional title, which came down to a tie-breaker of their fifth man’s score. John Hope had the better score of 88 over Lawson Hahn of Columbia City who shot a 99.
The Saints also claimed the 2015 Summit Athletic Conference (SAC) tournament, which turned out to be an unexpected Battle of the Bishops. Just a week earlier, both Bishop Luers and Bishop Dwenger entered the regular season contest with a perfect 7-0 SAC record, however, the Saints easily handled the Knights by a 22 stroke advantage, 170-148. But on Saturday, May 23, the Knights made it a contest and were actually tied with the Saints with just four holes to go. The excitement mounted as both teams played the 16th hole (par 5) at four under par. The 18th hole was no less exciting between the two with a total of two birdies and two eagles. Bishop Dwenger went on to win 289-297 shooting an incredible 13 under par while the Knights shot their best score of the season.
An elated Luers Coach Tom O’Brien explained, “We didn’t lose it. They won it. Hats off to Coach Dave Scudder’s team (ranked No. 4 in the state) — they are the crème of the crop around here.”
Bishop Luers’ Conner Nix was the individual SAC champion, edging out Bishop Dwenger’s Pat Allgeier, 68-69.
— Michelle Castleman
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