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Boys golf: Valparaiso golfers all shoot below 82 to grab victory in cold weather

Valparaiso's Kyle Meihofer watches his tee shot par-3 18th hole Beechwood LaPorte Friday May 10 2013. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media

Valparaiso's Kyle Meihofer watches his tee shot on the par-3 18th hole at Beechwood in LaPorte Friday May 10, 2013. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 13, 2013 7:07PM



LAPORTE — It would be hard to pick a worse day to play golf.

There was a thick layer of fog, a stiff breeze and enough moisture in the air at Beechwood Golf Club on Friday to drive anyone that didn’t actually have to play into the cafeteria area, above the locker room, adjacent to the clubhouse.

The room was jammed with parents and coaches and media members, who weren’t going into the cold air unless they had to.

The blustery, near-winter conditions didn’t bother Valparaiso High School at all. All four Vikings golfers shot below 82 — Kyle Meihofer had the low score for them with a 75 — giving them a team total of 310, which was good enough win the Uebele Invitational, the oldest running high school golf tournament in the state. It’s been around for 77 years. Crown Point was third with a score of 316. Ryan Rapp of Triton was medalist — he shot a 72. Mike Lee of Crown Point and Jordan Henson of Portage each shot 75.

The Vikings are now 4-0 in local tournaments. For the most part, they’ve been able to ride the sturdy shoulders of Meihofer, who is collectively under par for the season.

The team managed to grind out a victory in the awful weather by putting their heads down and focusing on golf.

Jacobs’ 76 was particularly clutch for the Vikings.

He didn’t hit it well. Didn’t matter. He still was able to get the ball in the hole.

He started out on Nos. 14 and 15 with a pair of bogeys. He made two more bogeys coming in — and then he ground out 14 pars.

He only hit 10 greens in regulation.

Jacobs said he wasn’t prepared for the depth of the conditions.

“It was much colder than I thought he would be,” he said.

Still, he shrugged it off and muddled on. The whole spring has been colder and messier than any in recent memory for the golfers.

“My short game saved me,” Jacobs said.

Assistant coach David McGonigle, who was coach for the day after Wayne Lichtenberger left early to take care of a personal matter, said that Jacobs is good at getting the most out of what he has.

“He knows how to score even when he’s not hitting it well,” he said. “He knows the place pretty well.

The Vikings also have the luxury of knowing that Meihofer will almost certainly go low. It always helps take the pressure off when there is a certified anchor on the team.

Jacobs said that is pretty much how he feels about the whole team.

“We had five guys under 82,” he said. “That’s good on a day like today.”

The Uebele used to be the warm-up for the regionals, which is held early next month. However, this will be the first year player won’t return to Beechwood. The regional will be held in West Lafayette this year.



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