Merkel Named 112 Indiana Amateur Champion

Gusting winds and extreme heat did not get in the way of Ball State’s Tyler Merkel, who finished three-under par to win the 112 Indiana Amateur Championship at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel Indiana. The field consisted of 156 amateurs from all over Indiana, which was cut down to 60 after 36 holes.

Headed into the final round, Merkel shared the lead with former Ball State Player and mid-amateur, Scott Pieri. On the first hole of the day, Merkel made a 15-foot putt for birdie and Pieri failed to get up-and-down for par, giving Merkel an immediate two-shot lead.

On the par 5 number 13, Pieri played aggressively, and went for the green in two from about 250 yards, while Merkel played conservatively, and laid up down the left hand side. Pieri’s risk paid off, as he made birdie to Merkel’s par, putting him within one shot of the lead. Merkel went on to birdie 14, and Pieri was unable to catch him in their final holes.

“I had a crazy week,” said Pieri. “I had a triple bogey, two double bogeys, a two-shot penalty for giving a spectator a ride in my cart, and a whiff today.”

Despite Pieri’s ups and downs, he played very steady for four days, finishing the tournament at even par, 288.

Pieri and Merkel played together for the last two days and Pieri commented, “Tyler was everything I heard he was, and I really enjoyed getting to play with him.”

As previously mentioned, Merkel is a rising junior at Ball State University, who recently qualified for the NCAA regionals as an individual, and finished third at last year’s Indiana State Open.

Yesterday, Merkel said he did not make many short putts, but today claims he putted well, and like the past three days, kept the ball in the fairway off the tee.

“It hasn’t hit me yet,” Merkel said after two-putting for the win on 18. “It feels awesome, though.” Merkel finished the tournament at three-under par, 285, and won $750 worth of merchandise from Prairie View Golf Club.

Todd Palmer, from Fishers Indiana, and Bobby Delagrange, from Westfield Indiana, tied for third with a two-over par 290.

Morgan Nadaline Named 62nd Girl’s Junior State Champion

“I was definitely nervous because the match was so back and forth,” said Morgan Nadaline, after winning her final match against Erin Ingram at the 62nd Girl’s State Junior Championship at Hillview Country Club in Franklin.

The match was in Nadaline’s control for most of the day, until hole 15 when Ingram was able to square things up. With three holes to play, Nadaline knew she needed to take back the match that was rightfully hers early on.

With a birdie on 17, Nadaline was one-up going into their last hole. Both players split the fairway on their drives, and laid up to around 100 yards for their third shots on the par 5 number 18. Nadaline knocked her ball to five feet, and Ingram put hers to twenty feet below the hole. With a two-putt par for Ingram, and an easy two-putt for Nadaline, Nadaline finished 1 up through 18 holes.

“I’ve known Morgan since I was 10 and I’ve played some of my best rounds with her,” said Ingram. Last year Nadaline was named the Junior Player of the Year, and she proved this title true, as she defeated players one-by-one.

Other winners included: Maggie Rees (1st Flight), Mary Shipley (2nd Flight), Erin Bundy (3rd Flight), Kelly James (4th Flight), Maryn Hamilton (5th Flight).

Carmichael and Cole Claim Second IWGA Team Championship Title

“We make a good team because we play the same game,” said Julie Carmichael after she and partner, Courtney Cole shot a 69, taking first place at the IWGA Team Championship at Foxcliff Golf Club in Martinsville, Indiana. “We know how to ham and egg it really well, and we were fortunate to have several birdies today, “ said Cole.

Carmichael and Cole drive the ball a similar distance, and have fairly comparable games, making them a team to be reckoned with in these two-person best-ball events. Carmichael said, “We know how to help each other out.”

Their best-ball victory earned them $100 each worth of merchandise at Foxcliff Golf Club. There was a three-way tie for second including the duos: Cook/Higgins, Freese/Ward, and Whalen/Piependrink Trotter, all shooting 70s in the gross portion of the competition.

When looking at net scores, Zoey Freese and Molly Ward used their handicaps to help them fire a 9-under par 63. They also took home $100 of merchandise from Foxcliff Golf Club.

 

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