PLYMOUTH, Ind. — Swan Lake Resort is, objectively, in the course of nowhere in northern Indiana.
The resort’s Black Course, website of this yr’s NJCAA Division II championship, is nearer to Koontz Lake — inhabitants 1,445 — than it’s to Plymouth. Valparaiso is about 40 miles to the west. South Bend is almost 30 miles northeast.
That places the main focus solely on the golf.
A spotlight that has the Parkland males’s golf group headed into Friday’s ultimate spherical with the lead and a one-stroke benefit on enjoying companion South Mountain (Ariz.) after a strong end Thursday by the Cobras flipped the groups within the standings. A possible nationwide title — which might be this system’s first — is inside Parkland’s attain after Alex White performed his approach into the highest 5 with a 1-under 71 and Corey Neville shot a 2-under 70 to interrupt into the highest 10.
“That’s all you’ll be able to ask for is to provide your self a chance,” Parkland coach Corbin Sebens mentioned.
“We’ve performed strong the primary three rounds. Alex performed nice. Corey performed nice. They carried us, and so they saved us in competition to provide us a shot going into (Friday). That’s all you’ll be able to ask for.”
The routine after Thursday’s third spherical stayed the identical for the Cobras of their golf isolation.
A little bit follow, some dinner and a late-night exercise. The pool and sizzling tubs at Swan Lake Resort have additionally been a giant hit, and so have the fishing alternatives on the course.
“We’ve caught fairly just a few fish, so it’s been enjoyable,” White mentioned. “We caught just a few first rate bass. The fellows on the group are actually enjoyable. Any time spent with them is an efficient time.”
Thursday marked one other good day on the course, too. Parkland was six strokes off the lead after Tuesday’s first spherical, reduce that deficit to 3 Wednesday and completed Thursday with the one-stroke benefit, due to a number of birdies on the ultimate 4 holes after a tough begin to the again 9.
Difficult pin areas on holes Nos. 10-12 practically despatched Parkland’s third around the fallacious course. However Neville, Scott O’Brien and Joel Petersson all birdied the par-5 fifteenth, Jack Halstead picked up a stroke with a birdie on 16 and White birdied his ultimate two holes to provide him six complete on the day.
“Momentum is unquestionably a giant a part of it, and that positively feels good to see the ball fall into the opening,” White mentioned. “We simply needed to get ourselves into competition for (Friday).
“The pins had been powerful. The principle factor we needed to do was put ourselves in good positions off the tee and our method pictures simply to verify we didn’t mess up the shot within the fallacious space of the inexperienced. These greens could be tremendous tough with a few of these pins.”
Parkland’s method received’t change for Friday’s ultimate spherical. Sure, the Cobras are enjoying for a nationwide championship — a season-long aim — however they don’t intend to let the work they put in by three rounds derail them this near the end.
“It’s simply one other spherical of golf,” mentioned Sebens, a Monticello native and Parkland alum. “Within the large scheme of issues, yeah, there’s one thing on the finish of the day, however we’ve nonetheless received to exit and play our video games. Nothing modifications. We’ve received to have the identical mindset we’ve had all week. Don’t change our recreation plan.
“We would regulate primarily based on what the climate does, however we’ve simply received to play strong golf. We don’t should exit and do one thing that we haven’t executed all season. Our mindset all season going into each event was we’re going to win. That doesn’t change (Friday) in any respect.”
Scott Richey is a reporter overlaying school basketball at The Information-Gazette. His e-mail is [email protected], and you may comply with him on Twitter (@srrichey).