Boys golf: Kyle Meihofer leads Valpo to win at Rensselaer
RENSSELAER — It’s not surprising anymore when Kyle Meihofer goes low.
It’s just a matter of how low the Valparaiso golfer will go now.
Meihofer, who has only scored over par once this year in an 18-hole invitational, shot a 5-under 67 Saturday at the Rensselaer Invitational. Meihofer’s round helped the Vikings to a team score of 292, which was 31 strokes better than second place Boone Grove.
Meihofer has had the kind of start that most golfers around here could only dream about. His collective score for the year for all his matches registers at 6-under. The only over-par round he had this year came when he shot a 76 at the Michigan City Invitational on a blustery, cold day.
Valparaiso coach Wayne Lichtenberger said he’s never had a golfer start like Meihofer. Lichtenberger has been at it a long time and he has coached plenty of good golfers, including Billy Welter and Mike Hrunek.
Meihofer might just end up as the best.
“I think the sectional record could be in play,” Lichtenberger said.
That record is a 66 at Forest Park Golf Course in Valparaiso, set by Welter.
Lichtenberger said Meihofer regularly breaks par in practice rounds.
Meihofer was solid all day at Curtis Creek, which is a tight, tree-lined course. The wind was up, which made his round even more impressive.
Brad Bobrowski of Boone Grove was second at 72.
Meihofer finished with six birdies and one agonizing bogey.
The only miscue of the day came for him at No. 16, a 204-yard par 3. With the wind swirling around him, Meihofer changed clubs three times before settling on a 5-iron.
That turned out to be one too many. His tee shot rolled past the pin, leaving him with a difficult chip. He finished with four.
But he didn’t let it bother him. On the next hole, he made his sixth and final birdie, sinking a 20-foot putt.
Meihofer said he was dialed in all day with his short irons.
“I was hitting the ball well,” he said. “I hit a lot of good wedges.”
Meihofer said he has adopted a new approach, in which he plays “every shot like it’s his last.”
“I think the mental side of my game is much better this year,” he said.