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Golf: Valpo 10 shots off lead at state despite Kyle Meihofer’s 68

Regional golf - Battle Ground Golf Club.  Valparaiso finished first place.  Left right - Patrick Andrie Andrew Gariup

Regional golf - Battle Ground Golf Club. Valparaiso finished first place. Left to right - Patrick Andrie, Andrew Gariup, Alex Pncek, Kyle Miehofer, Bobby Jacobs. Jerry Schultheiss~for Sun-Times Media.

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Updated: July 15, 2013 6:34PM



FRANKLIN — Valparaiso coach Wayne Lichtenberger couldn’t get off the golf course fast enough with his team Tuesday.

It was one of those days for the Vikings, who were roughed up.

Asked if he was happy with their play, Lichtenberger said: “No, we are much better than what we played today.”

Lichtenberger didn’t want to spend any more time at the Legends of Indiana Golf Club than he had to after the Vikings shot a 300. That put them 10 shots behind the leader, Columbus North. His guys were on the bus and on the road to their hotel before the final team scores were posted.

The good news for the Vikings was that Kyle Meihofer was in a three-way tie for the lead with Adam Wood of Zionsville and Devin Jenkins of Floyd Central. All three shot 4-under-68.

The Vikings were coming off an impressive showing at the Lafayette Regional, where they shot a 298. They were clearly hoping to contend for the title. The aspiration of a team title, with 10 strokes to make up, appears to be a real long shot at best.

Lichtenberger said his guys won’t be focused on a number.

“We’re going to have to play the best golf we’ve ever played,” he said.

A score around 295 would’ve put Valparaiso right in the middle of it — and it was definitely obtainable.

The Vikings were eight over par at the turn — a number that if they could’ve held onto — would’ve put them in the clubhouse with a 296.

Other than Meihofer, the scores were up-and-down going into the final nine holes.

Two holes — Nos. 9 and 16 — were especially problematic for the Vikings.

Both Bobby Jacobs and Andrew Gariup made double bogey on No. 9 and the Vikings finished No. 16, a par-3 at 3-over-par.

Valparaiso struggled with 16 last year as well. The Vikings counted a 76 from Jacobs and they had 78s from Patrick Andrie and Andrew Gariup.

Meihofer, who shot a 1-under-71 last week, which was good enough for second place, was very good again.

He made a birdie at No. 9 that got him going. He said he wasn’t giving himself many opportunities for birdie early.

“That really sparked my iron shots,” he said.

Meihofer closed strong, getting birdies at Nos. 15, 16 and 17. His birdie putt on No. 17 was from 40 feet.

He just missed birdie by half a roll on No. 18.

Meihofer said he was completely unaware of the struggles of the rest of his team.

“I’m not looking at anybody else out there,” he said. “I’m going to play college golf so there isn’t a lot of pressure on me individually.”

The pressure for him revolves around helping his team win a state title.

He still thinks it’s possible.

“We made some mistakes and left some strokes out there,” he said. “But we can still put a good score together and see what happens.”



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