Winamac’s Gruenigjust misses cut; Berries shoot 345
BATTLE GROUND — Winamac junior Adam Gruenig missed the state finals cut by two strokes while Logansport shot a 345 at the Lafayette Jeff Regional Thursday at Battle Ground Golf Club.
Gruenig fired a 6-over 78 and missed a spot in the state finals by just two shots.
The Berries placed 15th out of 18 teams with their 345. Bryan Worthington led Logan with an 81. He was followed by Will Harvey (87), Matt Beeman (88), Deion Rennewanz (89) and Kennedy Achey (91).
“The course played almost 7,000 yards. For the length we handled it pretty well,” Logan coach Pete Lundy said. “We didn’t have anybody overdo anything. We left a lot of shots out there. Each guy had a couple holes that got to them.”
No. 3-ranked Westfield won the regional title with a 299. No. 5 Carmel was second with a 305 and Boone Grove was third with a 309.
Winamac coach Scott Roudebush noted No. 4 Zionsville (310) did not get out and neither did its defending state champion Adam Wood, who shot a 77 to miss the cut by one stroke.
“I will say the IHSAA needs to relook at what they’re trying to do,” he said. “They’re limiting the teams going to state. It’s a one-class system and they’re not allowing more kids to go to state. It’s ridiculous what they’re trying to do. If something’s done to where they go to a two-class system it might work.
“Nobody is happy with it. No coach I’ve talked to. It’s not right.”
Roudebush said Gruenig played well but had three bogeys and one birdie in his last four holes to miss the cut.
“He played well enough to get out. It was a really good round,” he said.
Lundy noted his team improved its regional score by 22 strokes from last year. The Berries won their first sectional title in a decade last week.