On a cloudy Tuesday evening, the Warsaw Tiger golf team played through some tough course conditions and shot the team’s lowest nine-hole score of the season.

Warsaw shot a 146, beating second-place Concord by 20 strokes. Northridge carded a 192 in the Northern Lakes Conference three-way match.

In the midst of the stellar score and conditions, the Tigers honored their six seniors at the match. The seniors donned orange polos, while the other golfers on the squad wore white.

“They’re very close and they encourage each other,” said Warsaw coach Rich Haddad. “They’re just quality young men and it’s been a real pleasure for me to be their coach.”

The Tigers moved to 8-0 overall in regular season matches and 5-0 in the NLC, and did so in deserving fashion.

Warsaw had to balance thick grass and slow greens after the rain that fell over Stonehenge Golf Club the last couple days.

“The spring rough is incredibly difficult to play on,” Haddad said. “There were several shots where the guys just couldn’t get the club on the ball and get any distance.”

The Tigers made adjustments and it showed. The high score that Warsaw threw out was a 40, a score that was better than nine of the other 10 golfers from Concord and Northridge combined.

Haddad knows having a strong one-two punch is great in golf, but he attributes the team’s latest success to the other three golfers on the team.

“Where we’ve really gotten strong is our three-four-five guys,” he said. “They have really shot very consistent golf.”

Sam Yeager shot a 1-under par for a 34 and claimed medalist honors. He made par on eight holes and shot a birdie on the second hole. Yeager has been struggling lately, but found his stride last Saturday and has kept the momentum going.

“It was really solid golf for him,” Haddad said. “To see him shoot 1-under, we’re all happy for him.”

Luke Delp shot a 1-over par with a 36 for Warsaw. He birdied the second and ninth holes to remain close to his teammate. Tommy Meier followed close with a 37. He birdied the last hole.

Warsaw’s Jacob LaLonde rounded out the scores with a 39. He made par on six holes. Chase Byron shot the 40 for the Tigers. Matt Auger of Concord was the only golfer from the visiting teams to go below on his scorecard.

The Tigers’ team goal this year is to win the NLC regular season and tournament titles, and they have been gearing up to accomplish the feat.

The team’s confidence is high right now and Haddad wants to continue to ride that wave and make a run in postseason.

“We want to make sure we keep working,” he said. “If your confidence is up and you’re feeling good about your game, you can shoot some good stuff. We’re hoping to keep the momentum going.”

Warsaw has a chance to capture the regular season title on Thursday at South Shore Golf Club, where the Tigers will face  Wawasee and Goshen in a three-way match.



WARSAW 146, CONCORD 166, NORTHRIDGE 192

Warsaw – Sam Yeager (medalist) 34, Luke Delp 36, Tommy Meier 37, Jacob LaLonde 39, Chase Byron 40

Concord – Matt Auger 37, Jake Eakins 42, Travis Hermon 43, Reed Horton 44, Micah Stamm 47

Northridge – Owen Eveler 45, Alex Brown 46, Tyler Moore 49, Blake Neely 52, Doug Graham 56

JV: Warsaw 187, Northridge 208, Concord 231

Warsaw – Zach LaLonde 41, Tucker Carlile 43, Lucas Rhodes 48, Noah Pequignot 55, Cole Voss 56