SOUTH BEND, IN. – The LaVille boys golf team is set to participate in the 82nd annual Indiana High School Athletic Association state tournament.
The Lancers will participate at Erskine Golf Course in South Bend, Indiana, Friday June 1.
Joining LaVille in the sectional round will be Elkhart Central, Elkhart Christian Academy, Elkhart Memorial, Glenn, Mishawaka, Mishawaka Marian, Penn, South Bend Adams, South Bend Clay, South Bend Riley, South Bend Washington, and South Bend St. Joseph.
Doug Cashen, LaVille’s #5-man, will tee things up around 10:15 a.m.
Logan Plummer,#4, takes his turn at 10:24 a.m., followed by #3 Matthew Butler at 10:33 a.m., and #2 Dakota Figg at 10:42 a.m. Nathan Nichols-Petersen joins the final foursome at 10:51 a.m. as LaVille’s #1 man.
“Heading into sectional,” said LaVille coach Brian Carver. “We had a rough outing at Stonehenge in Warsaw. The conditions were tough. Bu outside of that we have played our last three 18-round events by finishing second or third.”
The Lancers finished second at the Marshall County Invite at Mystic Hills on April 28, second at the LaVille Invitational on May 5, and third in the Hoosier North North Athletic Conference Championships on May 19.
Today’s IHSAA Sectional will be played under cloudy, rainy conditions. It will be quiet, mostly sunny, with a small chance of rain this afternoon. Best chance for a few scattered showers will be in the afternoon. Much of the area will see upper 70s and near 80 with the temps falling slightly by early evening.
“We look for beautiful weather,” said Carver. “This is an extremely tough sectional. We are in the group with the top four teams – Penn, South Bend Adams, and South Bend St. Joseph.”
The top three teams advance to the Warsaw Regional at Stonehenge. The top three individuals also move on from a non-advancing team.
“If everything comes together and we can hit a few shots and make some putts,” said Carver. “We could challenge for that third team spot out.”
When asked about players that have offered a pleasant surprise, Carver noted Logan Plummer and Doug Cashen.
“Logan Plummer has been a very pleasant surprise,” said Carver of his freshmen. “His scores have steadily improved. He has worked his way to the number four man.
“Doug Cashen has stepped up his game,” said Carver of his sophomore “He has worked some things out and was able to win a play-off for the number five spot in today’s sectional.”
Carver feels Nichols-Petersen has, “played exceptional golf. He has a great chance to make it out to next weeks regional at Warsaw.”
Other than a couple of seniors, the LaVille golf, “line-up is young. It speaks volumes for the future. The arrow is pointing up for success for the future.”