For the second-straight season, the Zionsville boys golf team had disappointment at the regional by the slimmest of margins.
The Eagles shot a 310 at the Lafayette Jeff Regional on Thursday, but for the second-straight year, it was only good for fourth place, one shot short of advancement to the state finals.
"I am disappointed for our seniors," Zionsville head coach Steve Simmons said. "This has been a really good group for four years. They went to four regionals, two state finals and finished fourth and 13th. It is tough to miss it by a shot, but it happens. We played well on the back nine, but we had a couple hiccups on the front and it just didn't work out."
It was equally heartbreaking for Zionsville senior Adam Wood.
One of the top seniors in the nation and the defending state champion, Wood failed to make it out as an individual, shooting a 77. Just like the team, he was one shot short of making it out.
He ends his career as a four-time sectional champion and two-time regional champion to go along with a state championship in 2013 and a state runner-up in 2011.
Simmons said Wood was playing with a pinched nerve in his neck that made him play "small ball" and that hurt his performance some.
"It was nothing but a privilege," Simmons said of coaching Wood. "You aren't going to replace Adam in any way. You aren't going to replace what he has meant to our team and to our program. I feel bad for him because I know that one of his goals was to go back-to-back and that is not going to happen for him. Adam has a long golf career ahead of him and I fully expect him to do great things at Duke. I will be following him every shot."
For more of this story, read Friday's Lebanon Reporter.