Lebanon — The 10th ranked Zionsville boys golf team won the Boone County title Monday afternoon at Ulen Country Club.
The Eagles shot a 158 to win the title, with Lebanon placing second with a 192 and Western Boone placing third with a 210.
“This is our sectional course, and tonight, the goal was to stay below the hole, because you can score on this course if you are below the hole,” Zionsville head coach Steve Simmons said. “We didn’t do as good of a job of that as we would have liked, but that’s why we wanted to come out here more than anything. Yes, it is a county championship and you want to win it, but it was really about getting experience on this golf course.”
This will be the first time in several years that the sectional will not be at Golf Club of Indiana, and this year will be played at Ulen.
Simmons said the Eagles will get on the course several times this year, just to get a feel for it.
“It is really important to get out here, and we can’t get enough looks at it,” Simmons said. “Luckily Blake (Wilson) is going to let us play a couple of practice rounds out here and we are going to be in the Lebanon Invite on the 27th. It is really important that we see this place. Most of our guys have seen the course once or twice, but we want to go over it step-by-step, see pin positions and figure it out.”
Eric Herbst was the individual Boone County champion, shooting a 37.
Zionsville’s Reid VonDielingen was second with a 38, and Colin Nasser was third with a 41.
“I am as proud of Eric as I have been of any of my players over the past 15 years,” Simmons said. “In the last year and a half, he has come so far in his golf game and how he approaches golf. For him to be medalist tonight, I am not surprised with it. He is starting to control his golf ball really well, and if he get make a few putts, he can shoot a low number. He played well tonight.”
Brian Behrens shot a 42, with Jack Hidde shooting a 43 and Andrew Kremp a 45.
It was the third event of the season for the Eagles.
Shooting a 158 and placing second to Cathedral in a three-way match at Sagamore Golf Club, the Eagles had a strong second-place finish at Highland Country Club on Saturday in a tournament.
No. 1 Carmel won with a 292, with the Eagles placing second with a 302.
“It was a great day and a really great way to kick off the year,” Simmons said. “We have a senior-dominate team, and it was great for them to get experience. What Reid and Colin did, sharing medalist honors, was a goal of both of theirs. I was happy for them, and those two score were that. We haven’t been on grass that much, Golf Club of Indiana doesn’t have their grass tee up yet, so we have only been on the range grass one time. I couldn’t be more pleased with what we did Saturday.”
VonDielingen and Nasser both shot 70s for the Eagles.
While both of them have varsity experience, they will be higher up in the line-up than they were last year. That difference didn’t seem to faze either of them.
“Both of them handled the day so well,” Simmons said. “Colin played a lot of tournaments in the summer and around the country. Reid has been a three-year varsity player and plays a lot in the summer too. They have a ton of experience, and for them to move up was an easier transition.”
Eric Herbst shot a 79 and Payne Vogtman shot an 83 for the Eagles.
The Eagles will be back in action at the Lake Central Invite at Sandy Pines on Saturday.
Simmons said the big thing for the Eagles right now is getting consistency in the fourth and fifth spots in the line-up.
“It is going to take some time, but they will get there,” Simmons said. “We are searching right now for a fourth score, and I don’t know where it is going to come from, but that is what we are working for and we have a lot of guys fighting for it. They are working hard, had a great off-season and it will just take some time. Hopefully by conference in the middle of May, we have a better idea on who will be that fourth and fifth guy.”