The Zionsville boys golf team showed that they can be one of the top teams in the state Saturday, April 20 at the Highlands Invitational.
In a field of eight schools, including top-ranked Westfield, the Eagles won the tournament for the second-straight year, shooting a 300. Westfield placed second with a 315.
"I am elated," Zionsville head coach Steve Simmons said of his team's play. "I didn't really expect that. We played pretty well. I'm not saying it was our best, but it was pretty good. Clark Tiller shot a career best and Adam Wood was exceptional. Those guys needed a little help for the team score and Michael Sollman and Clay Hypes played really well. Clay had eight lip outs and still shot a 79. The other part is that Westfield didn't play their best. I know they can play better. Not that we can't beat them, but I don't think we will beat them by 15."
Wood was the meet medalist, shooting a 2-under 68 on the day. Tiller fired a 73, his career best.
"That was really nice to see," Simmons said. "I got on Clark a little bit this week because I thought he let a really good round go on the backside last week. He responded like you expect a senior too. He really came through for us and I think that will be around the scores we see from him the rest of the year. I always knew he could do it and I was really proud of him because there were a couple of times on the back-nine he could have folded up the tent and he battled through it. Then sometimes with Adam you take for granted how good he is. It was a little like ho-hum, a 68. He played a really good round too."
Hypes finished with a 79 and Sollman shot an 80.
Simmons said he hopes those scores help spark some really strong rounds from those two players.
For more of this story, read the April 23 edition of the Times Sentinel.