Lebanon — In many ways, the Kent Frandsen Invite, hosted by Lebanon at Ulen Country Club, was a precursor to what the teams can expect at the sectional meet in early June.
Eight of the 11 teams in the sectional were present in the field, including all five teams that are ranked in the top-8 in the state. Along with those five, two other ranked teams were in the 16-team field, making it even more difficult.
The eighth-ranked Eagles were able to maneuver through the field, placing fourth overall with a 302, losing out on third on the fifth-score tiebreaker.
“I thought the guys played really well,” Zionsville assistant coach Kevin Anderson said. “The conditions were a little tough because of the wet fairways and the cooling temperatures, but they really stayed patient today. We had a few holes where we probably didn’t score as well as we would have liked, but we hung in there and remained calmed. That was good to see, and (head) coach (Steve) Simmons has them firing on all cylinders. It was a good start to the real tournament season.”
Just a couple of weeks ago the Eagles got their first look at Ulen at weren’t overly happy with their nine-hole round.
Anderson said he thought the team was able to learn from that first round.
“With the amount of rain that we have had, with the wet fairways and high rough, finding fairways was important,” Anderson said. “When we did that, we played the holes well. When we missed fairways, we had troubles. Once we get further in the season and the weather changes, and we get used to playing on the grass, it will make a huge difference for us.”
The Eagles were paired with three other sectional teams, No. 1 Carmel, No. 6 Brebeuf Jesuit and No. 7 Westfield.
Carmel ran away with the team title, shooting an impressive 284, with Brebeuf in second with a 299.
The Eagles were third amongst the eight teams in the sectional. While overall that result means little, Anderson said it was good to see where the other teams were at.
“I definitely think everyone was feeling each other out,” Anderson said. “We all want to see how it is going to look like down the road and things they need to work on.”
Colin Nasser led the Eagles with an even par 70 for his round.
He shot 2-under on the back nine.
“If he has a bad hole, he settles back in and just plays the next shot,” Anderson said. “He was able to bounce back, and that is how he shot even today. He is able to counteract his mistakes so he can hover around that par number. That shows a lot of maturity.”
Eric Herbst and Reid VonDielingen both shot 76s for the Eagles, while Jack Hidde fired and 80.
Andrew Kremp shot an 85.
The Eagles JV team went to the Lafayette Invite at Battle Ground and won the title.
Brian Behrens was the meet medalist with a 75, and junior Will Kappes had a hole in one at the 199 yard par-3 16th.
The Eagles will play in the Spring State Preview at Prairie View on Saturday.