DeLong competes at golf state

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Homestead’s Adam DeLong tees off on Day 2 of the state golf finals. (Contributed)

KPC News Service

CARMEL — Homestead golfer Adam DeLong competed at the Indiana State Golf Finals last week at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel.

DeLong, a junior for the Spartans, placed 94th out of 100 golfers in a competitive field. He scored an 88 on Day 1 and an 89 on Day 2 for an overall 33 over par.

The individual winners — Clay Merchent from Noblesville and Nick Dentino of Carmel, finished 4 under par.

Dentino won the first playoff hole over Merchent to take the individual state championship and the senior joined his Greyhound teammates to run away with the team competition for the second straight year in the 83rd IHSAA State Finals played at Prairie View Golf Club.

Dentino birdied the designated playoff hole — the 547 yard, 18th, while Merchent settled for par. Dentino became the second Carmel player to wear the overall crown and first since 1963 when Don Wood was one of three players who tied for first. It was also the second year in a row and third time in five years the individual title had to be settled in a playoff.

The top-ranked Greyhounds of coach Chard Reid repeated as state champions and also claimed a state record seventh boys golf title breaking a tie they held with Anderson.

Third-ranked Noblesville and fourth-ranked Center Grove tied for state runner-up honors at 605.

Both days of the event were played under mostly sunny skies and highs near 80 degrees.

At the conclusion of the state finals, Dentino was selected as the winner of the Fred A. Keesling Mental Attitude Award by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee.

The Greyhounds’ No. 1 player was part of two state championship teams and a runner-up including winning this year’s individual title in a playoff as well as making the winning putt on the 18th green to seal the team title at last year’s state finals.