West Lafayette — The Zionsville golf team got a good final regular season test Wednesday at Purdue’s Ackerman-Allen Golf Course.
The Eagles placed third at the Purdue Classic with a 316, finishing five shots behind sectional foes Westfield and Brebeuf Jesuit.
"We played a steady round of golf," Zionsville head coach Steve Simmons said. "We were able to play six and score four today, plus an individual, so I was happy to get those guys out there. Ackerman is a great golf course, and it was a great day of weather, so all that was good. The competition was tough, and we are going to have to play a little bit better on Monday to advance, but we didn't play poorly. We just played the way we have most of the year."
The Eagles are close to getting over the hump and having a really good round.
Each player is just one or two holes away, and while they are running out of time of the season, Simmons believes it is still right there for the taking.
"We are right there," Simmons said. "Eric Herbst was 3-over with two holes to play and then dropped a couple shots, and Jack Hidde bogeyed his last three holes otherwise he shoots 79 which would have been great. Colin Nasser was bogey-par and was looking good all day, and Reid (VonDielingen) was steady all day. You can't be upset with three guys in the 70s, but if we are going to advance out of our sectional, we have to go a little lower than this."
VonDielingen led the Eagles with a 77, with Herbst shooting a 78 and Nasser a 79.
The fourth counting score was MacLean Dudasko with an 82, with Jack Hidde also shooting that score. The sixth team golf was Brian Behrens, who shot an 84.
Evan Poland played as an individual and shot a 79.
"MacLean as a freshman shooting an 82 on a course that played 6,850 (yards), but was really closer to 7,000 was really good," Simmons said. "I am really proud of him. He has come a long way in the last month and put himself in a position to play for us in a sectional."
The Eagles will have a final practice round at Ulen Country Club on Friday before teeing off in the sectional Monday morning.
The sectional features five teams ranked in the top-13 in the state, and four in the top-6, including No. 1 Carmel and No. 2 Guerin Catholic.
Only three teams advance to the regional, with three other individuals advancing on non-advancing teams.
"We need to fine tune, chip and putt," Simmons said. "We will go up there and see it one more time and that's really all we have to do. I have pleased with this group all year, there hasn't been one bad effort all year, they have done exactly what we have asked them to do. They have all grinded until the end, and it has been nothing but a pleasure to coach this group."