Senior staff writer
Center Grove’s golf team missed a history-making day by one stroke June 13 at the state championship at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel.
The Trojans went into the two-day, 36-hole state finals as the defending team and medalist champions. They missed a repeat by one stroke to champion Carmel 601-602, and defending medalist Noah Gillard failed in a successful medalist defense by one stroke in an extra-hole playoff against Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger’s Logan Ryan. They had tied after 36 holes with 145s.
Center Grove was attempting to be the first repeat champion and medalist since Westfield and Jon Hoover in 2015 and ’16. The Trojans made a comeback after shooting an opening-day 299, four strokes behind Carmel. Individual scores for the Trojans: senior Noah Gillard, 72- 73 – 145; senior Sam Jean, 73-78 – 151; sophomore Alex Heck, 79-73 – 152; junior Logan Anderson, 77-79 – 156; and junior Luke Davidson, 77-82 – 159. Center Grove is coached by Matt Rodman, who mentored the Trojans to their first state title last year.