WINONA LAKE, IN. – It was a competitive field with a challenging course.
LaVille’s Nathan Nichols-Petersen had his work cut out for him at the IHSAA Warsaw Golf Regional at Stonehenge, and he knew it.
Nichols-Petersen started slow, recording a 6-over-par after three holes.
“Nathan really showed a great deal of resilience,” said LaVille coach Brian Carver. “He hit a ball out of play on the first three holes and that cost him dearly. He opened Triple, Bogey, Double, and at the regional level those scores are very difficult to bounce back from.”
Nichols-Petersen knew that, “Stonehenge is a very challenging layout with thick rough that can put you in a lot of trouble.”
After calming the nerves a bit, Nichols-Petersen settled for a 47 after the opening nine holes.
The Lancer golf, however, continued to settle in and picked things up on the backside.
“The thing that impressed me was that he never quit,” said Carver. “He turned in 47, and then birdied 10 and pared 11. He shaved 7 strokes from his front 9 score, and ended the day with an 87.
“Regionals are a different beast,” continued Carver. “There are rules officials, galleries, and photographers following each group, and playing in that environment for the first time is intimidating, I think when his nerves calmed down, he showed that he is ready to compete at the level and beyond.”
All things considered, Nichols-Petersen was proud of advancing to the next level.
“It means a great deal to represent LaVille in this regional especially when there are so many good teams that are going to be out there,” said Nichols-Petersen.
Though Nichols-Petersen was not in the top five individuals on a non-advancing team, the Lancers return plenty for 2019.
“As for the season we finished 8-5 overall and third in the Hoosier North Athletic Conference,” said Carver. “That was way above my pre-season expectations. The team really grew together and had some success. I really relied on the leadership of Dakota Figg to mentor these guys and help bring them along. The line-up returns a great deal of talent led by Nathan. Matthew Butler, Logan Plummer, Doug Cashen, and Nick Sherk will make LaVille a very tough team to compete against next year.”
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