Bull Dogs take fifth on regional course

Bull Dogs take fifth on regional course

HENRYVILLE — The Columbus North and Columbus East boys golfers had a chance to play the course where the regional is contested in Saturday’s Providence Invitational.

The 16th-ranked Bull Dogs came away with a fifth-place finish with a 311 at Champions Pointe. The Olympians took 15th with a 349.

Top-ranked Center Grove won the event with a 4-under-par 284. No. 4 Bloomington South finished second with a 303, and Bedford North Lawrence edged No. 12 Perry Meridian 303-304 for third.

Bryce Turner led North with a 75. Matt Vorndran and Drew Smith each shot 77, Zachary Schiavello added an 82 an Spencer Fairbanks had an 86.

“We actually played pretty well for awhile,” North coach Doug Bieker said. “We just haven’t figured out how to play 18 holes yet. But we’re getting better. Nothing that happened today told me that we couldn’t make it out (of regional).”

East played without No. 1 golfer Austin Proffitt, who was attending his graduation. Thomas Ruch led the Olympians with a 77, while Nathan Cesarski added an 82, Derek Alexander shot 88 and Avery Foist had a 102.

“It was a good day for Thomas,” East coach Tom LaBarbera said. “Thomas played really solid all day, and Nathan played well on the back nine.”

On Friday, Proffitt won medalist honors with a 38 to lead East to a 160-171 win against Greensburg 160-171 at Greensburg Country Club. Alexander added a 39, followed by Cesarski at 41, Ruch at 42, Mark Mayhew at 43, Sam Thomasson at 45, Ryan Singer at 48 and Foist at 54.