Boys golf: Valparaiso wins fourth straight Aberdeen Classic
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent April 27, 2013 6:36PM
Updated: May 30, 2013 2:56PM
VALPARAISO — Kyle Meihofer and Bobby Jacobs both finished in the top five Saturday to propel Valparaiso to its fourth straight Aberdeen Classic title at Aberdeen Country Club.
Meihofer shot an even-par 72 to tie for first and Jacobs finished fifth, shooting 78, as the Vikings won with a team score of 311, 10 shots better than second place Lake Central. Michigan City finished third with 325.
The Vikings’ 311 was three shots better than last year’s winning score.
“I think we showed progress today but we still have a ways to go,” said Vikings coach Wayne Lichtenberger. “Bobby (Jacobs) struggled a little bit on the back nine and our No. 4 and 5 need to get their numbers down. I thought with the conditions today that the scores would be lower. This was the best weather we’ve had this year.
“Kyle (Meihofer) is a long hitter who likes a longer course. He’s so aggressive, especially on the par 5s, so it was a little surprising today that he was 1-over on the par 5s. He thinks he can get to the green in two and most of the time he can. He wants to shoot under par every time out.”
Meihofer was 2-under on the front nine, but bogeys on three of the last four holes brought him in at even par. Meihofer, who was last year’s medalist with a 73, was one shot better this year and came in tied with Lake Central junior Rhett Barker at even par, forcing a playoff for medalist honors, eventually won by Barker on the third playoff hole.
Barker shaved 11 shots off the 83 he shot two weeks ago at the Marquette Invitational.
“I know his strengths,” Barker said of Meihofer. “It was getting a little rough in the playoffs and a couple of up and downs saved me. I had a slice at Marquette and today I was making putts. Seventy-two is the best round of my life.”
Meihofer went out of bounds on the third playoff hole to open the door for Barker.
“Congratulations to Rhett,” said Meihofer. “Playoffs are tough. Your adrenaline gets pumping and the course played pretty difficult today. They moved the tees up to bring more hazards into play. We’ll just take it one step at a time but our team played well today.”