Boys golf: Bobby Jacobs leads Valparaiso to LC Invitational victory
By Mike Hutton 613-0141 or firstname.lastname@example.org May 18, 2013 7:28PM
Updated: June 20, 2013 4:53PM
ST. JOHN — Bobby Jacobs likes it down the middle and on the green with his second shot — except if it’s a par-3 or a par-5.
Then, he’ll take regulation in either one or three.
Jacobs, the No. 2 player for Valparaiso High School, was in robotic form Saturday in the Lake Central Invitational at Palmira Golf Course.
Fairways and greens. Fairways and greens. Fairways and greens.
“It was boring golf,” he said after he walked in with a 1-over-73.
It was also very good golf — the kind of steady, reliable, predictable golf that Jacobs plays when he’s on.
His coach, Wayne Lichtenberger, said Jacobs “plays like an engineer. I tease him abot that all the time.”
When he’s not on, it’s all about getting up and down.
Jacobs had one spectacular save on No. 7, a 185-yard par 3 that he pushed 10-yards past the green.
He made a nice chip and then hit a 10-foot sidewinder for par. Otherwise, Jacobs made one birdie and two bogies.
The round helped the Vikings, who have pretty much run rough shod over Northwest Indiana teams in local tournaments, win with a team score of 307. Crown Point, which beat Valparaiso earlier in the week in a Duneland Conference match, was second with 315.
The Vikings had four solid scores, getting a 75 from Kyle Meihofer even after he took an eight on No. 12, a par-5.
They also got a 75 from Andrew Gariup, who had missed half the season. Gariup was 1-over going into the 18th hole and he made double bogey after hitting the cart path. He still was able to hold it together for his final two holes.
“That was good,” Lichtenberger said.
Lichtenberger was happy with his team’s focus. Valparaiso had prom on Friday evening and they were still focused and ready to go.
Andrean’s Jack Musgrave tied Jacobs for medalist honors. Jacobs won medalist in a playoff.
Musgrave made bogey on his last hole with a three-putt.
Otherwise, it was a good day for the junior, who made two birdies and three bogeys. He was 1-under on the front nine.
Musgrave said he likes Palmira Golf Club, which is good because the 59ers play in sectionals out here.
“It was a nice round,” he said.
Rensselaer’s Issac Hillan had the shot of the day, making a hole-in-one on the 160-yard fourth hole using a 7-iron.