LEBANON — The season came to an end Monday afternoon for the Lebanon and Western Boone golf teams at Ulen Country Club.
Playing in a loaded sectional which featured five teams ranked in the top-13, the Tigers and Stars had good showings, but didn’t advance.
Lebanon placed seventh with a 352.
“I am happy with what we did today,” Lebanon head coach Kevin O’Neal said. “I knew the course was going to play tougher than what we were used to and the greens were going to be quicker. We didn’t have our absolute best round, but it was a solid round.”
Toby Meyer led the Eagles with a 77 on the day.
He missed out on advancing as an individual by three shots.
“That is really a big positive heading into next season,” O’Neal said. “That was his best round of the year for Toby, and that is huge for him. Christian (Parks) is right there too, he just struggled a little bit with the greens today. Those two are solid and if we can get a couple of other guys to follow their work ethic we can get to the point where we can compete with the teams shooting in the low 300s that are advancing.”
Jay Bowman shot an 86 and Christian Parks shot an 87.
The last scoring Tiger was Kye Zimmerman, who shot a 102.
Shawn Ramirez shot a 109.
Western Boone finished eighth with a 396.
Western Boone head coach Willie Smith said that one of the takeaways from the round should be seeing areas where the Stars can improve moving forward.
“We have to be mentally tougher,” Smith said. “They knew were going to shoot between 90-100, and we can’t let a bad shot or two get them down. At our level, you are going to hit some bad shots, and you have to get past that. Our problem is after four or five bad holes, we want to click the reset button like a video game, and we shut down a little bit. Then on the backside, we start to relax and play better. That’s something we have to work on.”
Luke Marsh led the Stars with a 92 and Aaron Dickerson shot a 96.
Tyler Dickerson shot a 101, with Noah Cox shooting a 107 and Bryce Richarson a 108.
“Luke has been our main player all year long,” Smith said. “His expectations are really high and that can make him frustrated as well, when he doesn’t get to where he is capable of score wise. We couldn’t have asked for any more than what Aaron gave us the last four years. He does everything he possibly can out there for his size. He has a great short game and he battled back to have a solid day.”
Everyone but Aaron Dickerson returns for the Stars next year.
Smith said for the Stars to take a step forward, they have to build from the foundations they have built this year.
“I think everybody here wants to keep playing golf right away, instead of waiting until next March,” Smith said. “You have to have that. We have some guys who didn’t play today that want to play golf year round and that’s where it starts. It is going to take competition to make each other better, and I think we can get it turned around. This was definitely a rebuilding year compared to the last six or seven years, but we have guys that want to get better and play.”
Zionsville won the sectional title with a 299, with Carmel shooting a 301 and Guerin Catholic a 302. No. 5 Brebeuf shot a 306 and didn’t advance.
O’Neal echoed the sentiments of Smith, saying if the Tigers want to get to that next level, they have to put in the time.
“We have to play in the off-season and that is something that hasn’t happened recently,” O’Neal said. “We are getting to the scores now that we should be shooting at the beginning of the year. Golf is a sport where you just can’t turn it on after not playing for nine months. You really have to work at it to build a base for the season.”