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April 9, 2014

Boys golf ready to tee off 2014 campaign

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Simmons said that along with Wood, there Eagles have plenty of other players that will help out the team.

"Everyone in the state and the golf community knows how good Adam Wood is," Simmons said. "We have another senior in (IPFW commit) Clark Tiller that had an outstanding summer. He won the Indiana Junior PGA and qualified for nationals. That was a big win for him and a big confidence boost. I think he has a chance to be an All-State golfer. Trent Pancake is working hard and getting his game into shape. We need him to have a good season. Then senior Michael Sollman has had a good spring. He is a basketball player so he hasn't gotten as many reps, but he knows how to compete and is not afraid of any situation. Then we have junior Clay Hypes who is a left-hander who had a little varsity experience last year and can be as good as he wants to be. Then Burke Evans, Graham Smitson and Graham Vogtman are underclassmen who can slip into our top-5."

Wood just missed out on the individual scoring record at the state meet a season ago and has played in some of the top junior tournaments around to help get him ready for the season.

Simmons said Wood, who will attend Duke next season, has grown as a player and a leader in his four years at Zionsville.

"When he came in as a freshman, he acted like a freshman, he didn't say much and kept his head down and played," Simmons said. "Now as a senior, he has taken on more of a vocal role. But the biggest thing for him is he leads by example. He is a hardworker in the classroom and on the golf course. He is working now on his posture and his swing. When he started out here, he primarily hit draws. Now he is hitting both ways, his putting is better and he has the same smart focus on the course."

For more of this story, read the April 9 edition of the Times Sentinel.

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