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DeMotte — The Zionsville golf team handled the windy conditions to win the Lake Central Invite on Saturday.

The Eagles won on the fifth-score tiebreaker, shooting the same 327 as Penn, but beating them on the fifth-score 83-92, to come out on top.

"It was some of the most windy conditions that we have played in," Zionsville head coach Steve Simmons said. "The game plan coming in was to be conservative off the tee, and I think that was the sole reason we won today. The guys did a great job of following the game plan."

The tournament served a bigger purpose for the Eagles, other than a good early-season competition.

This year, Sandy Pines will serve as the regional course.

"That was really the whole purpose of going up there," Simmons said. "We wanted to get out and see the regional course. We hadn't been there before, but had heard great things. It really is a great course, and I think it fits our teams well. Without the wind being the way it was, I think it is gettable in June when the weather gets a little better."

Colin Nasser led the Eagles with an 80, with Eric Herbst finishing with an 81.

The other three golfers — Jack Hidde, Payne Vogtman and Reid VonDielingen — all shot 83s.

"It was a total team effort for the guys today," Simmons said. "For all the guys, the score was a little up today because of the wind. Colin led us with an 80, and he came off a little disappointed, but par today really wasn't 72, it was closer to 78 and he played well. But today, everyone contributed."

Even though normally in high school golf you only count the four best scores, teams need to have strong fifth golfers if they want to succeed at a high level.

Saturday was another example of how valuable each player and each shot can be. While most of the players know that, Simmons said it is always good to have an example to go back to in order to show how important the fifth score is.

"It is something we really stress and talk about a lot," Simmons said. "Today it happened and it showed it's importance. Jack Hidde shot a 45 on the front and really made a mess of the last couple of holes there. But he kept his composure, came back and shot a 38 on the back and played the way he is capable of playing. You really have to give him credit for managing to stick with it there and I am really proud of him."

The Eagles travel to Harrison Lake Country Club in Columbus to face Columbus North and Bedford North Lawrence on Tuesday, and will face Westfield and Center Grove on Thursday at Broadmoor Country Club.

Saturday, April 27, they will play in the Lebanon Invite at Ulen.

"We really just need to get on some grass and get some range time," Simmons said. "It looks like the weather will be better next week, so we will be ready to take advantage of it."

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