On Day #1 of the IHSAA State Golf Tournament, Lebanon Senior Zach Schroeder shot a one under par 71 to finish tied for 5th place heading in to Wednesday final round at Prairie View Golf Course.
On Wednesday, Zach shot an even round of golf (72) to finish with a two day total of 144, tied for third and one shot behind the champion who shot a score of 143. Zach 3rd place finish places him on the All-State team. Congratulations to Zach on a great career at Lebanon. We wish him all the best as he moves on to attend college and play golf for Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne.
By Will Willems Sports Editor Reporter.net Lebanon Reporter 6/11/15
It was a pretty good ending to a good prep career for Lebanon’s Zach Schroeder on Wednesday afternoon at the IHSAA State Finals. Schroeder fired a 1-over 73 for his second round, finishing a combined even-par 144 for the championship. He finished in a tie for third place overall, just one shot behind the leader. “I just didn’t have the ball striking that I had yesterday,” Schroeder said after his round. “I made some good putts, they just didn’t fall for me. That’s just how it goes sometimes.”
While at the time he didn’t know it, some of the missed putts would come back to harm Schroeder’s spot on the scoreboard. When he finished his round, he was tied for fifth, three shots out of first. But as the round continued, the scores started coming back to him and he ultimately finished one shot out of first. If one of those putts fell for Schroeder, who would have been in a playoff for the state championship. “The last two holes especially were two good opportunities and that could have put me in the hunt,” Schroeder said. “I knew I probably had to make both of them. I hit good putts, they just didn’t fall. It wasn’t my day.” Lebanon head golf coach Jeff Schroeder said he was proud of what Zach was able to accomplish at the state tournament. “Zach showed he is one of the best players in the state the last few weeks and I am proud of him for that,” the coach said. “He put a lot of time in and he was really focused on this tournament and he performed well.” Schroeder birdied the third hole to move to 2-under for the championship, but bogeyed the sixth to drop a shot. He had six-straight birdies before a tough two-hole stretch where he bogeyed the 13th and 14th holes to move to 1-over for the tournament. He birdied the 16th, but missed birdie putts on 17 and 18 to finish with a score of even.
“I made two mistakes off the tee,” Schroeder said of the 13th and 14th. “They were really the only two tee shots all day I wish I could go back and change. I think I lost my tempo a little bit and got quick and was pumped up after making a good par on the 12th.” While disappointed that he didn’t win the state championship he wanted, Schroeder still was able to achieve another goal a being named first-team all-state. He was able to secure that by placing in the top-10 of the state tournament.