Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union

Warsaw sophomore Tucker Carlile watches the flight of his ball while hitting onto the green.
Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union Warsaw sophomore Tucker Carlile watches the flight of his ball while hitting onto the green.
CARMEL – After one day of action, the Warsaw boys golf team sits in twelfth place in the IHSAA State Finals at Prairie View Golf Course. The five Tigers scored a 328, finishing the day at 40 over par.

Freshman Cal Hoskins was phenomenal in the first round, leading his team at +4. Hoskins recorded birdies on holes 6 and 17 to help his team stay in the hunt. He finished the day tied for 21st place among all competitors.

Senior Chase Byron got off to a great start en route to a +9 finish. Byron birdied on 14, a lengthy par 4 that played to his strength with a driver. The senior ended his first nine at three-over par 39, tied with Hoskins for the team lead, before a slew of bogeys set him back in the front nine. He finished the day in a tie at 51st place.

Junior Zach LaLonde would have been on pace for a great outing, but two costly quadruple bogeys on his first and last holes floored his score. LaLonde was hampered by the dense trees on 10 and the large ponds on 9, eventually scoring a +20. LaLonde flashed his abilities with a birdie on two, covering 410 yards in just three strokes.

Freshman Jack Yeager and Sophomore Tucker Carlile also competed for the Tigers. While neither recorded a birdie, both limited their mistakes and turned in respectable scores. What Yeager lacked in flashiness he made up through his consistency. After two double bogeys in his first five holes, the freshman finished no higher than a bogie for the rest of the round, resting at a +12.

Carlile’s turnaround was just as impressive. After hitting eight bogeys on the back nine, Carlile responded with a strong front nine to score a +15.

After one day, Carmel led the field with a score of 299. While the Tigers are likely out of contention for the title, they remain in pace with several other teams. In fact, only seven strokes separate the 12th place Tigers from eighth place Columbus North.

Tiger head coach Rich Haddad hopes to close this small gap into the top ten.

“Our goal is to be top ten, and we’re not too far off that so I think our goal is intact. So we just want to go out there tomorrow and play loose, relax, and have a good round of golf.”

The only two players with subpar scores in the first round were Carmel’s Nick Dentino and Peru’s Kash Bellar, who are tied at -2. Castle’s Adam Bratton, Noblesville’s Clay Merchent, and Brebeuf Jesuit’s Drew Wrightson sit tied at 3rd, all scoring an even 72 on the day.

The finals will wrap up today with Yeager teeing off at 9:02  a.m.