FRANKLIN — The Floyd Central boys’ golf team’s first-round team score at the IHSAA State Finals on Tuesday at The Legends Golf Club did not measure up to its capabilities.
Still, the fifth-ranked Highlanders are in the thick of the race to capture their third state championship.
Floyd Central is currently tied for fourth place with No. 19 Indianapolis Cathedral after shooting a team score of 308 on Tuesday. The Highlanders enter today’s final round just five strokes behind first-place and top-ranked Columbus North.
The top nine teams and squads within 12 shots of first place made the cut for today’s final round.
“We are real happy to be only five shots behind. We’ll get ready for (today),” Floyd Central head coach Mike Cason said.
In a rare instance this season, the Highlanders did not have five players shoot in the 70s.
Only three Floyd Central players fired scores in the 70s. Junior Devin Jenkins recorded the Highlanders’ lowest score with a 2-over-par 74. Jenkins made two birdies and went up-and-down for par on 12 holes.
Fellow FC junior Daniel Shepard carded a 75, as his lone birdie was on the par-3 third hole. Highlander senior Austin Peckham shot a 79, while teammates Jay Holderman and Jack Sparrow had an 80 and 82, respectively.
Floyd Central appeared to be in contention for the lead during the first two-thirds of the first round.
The Highlanders were 7-over-par during the first 12 holes. But they struggled down the stretch as they were 13-over for the final six holes.
Like the rest of the field, the Floyd Central players had to battle an evil crosswind throughout the round. The wind affected scores mightily, as only six individual players shot under par and no team recorded a score of 300 or lower.
“The course played difficult and the wind made it difficult,” Cason said. “I told the kids all day, ‘Scores are going to be high — keep grinding, keep grinding.’”