Chase Ellsworth ended his sophomore year of golf for Bellmont yesterday at the Legends Golf Course in Franklin where the Indiana state tournament finished its second and final round of play.
Ellsworth, who made the cut Tuesday along with eight other golfers shooting individually and 50 golfers left shooting for their schools in the team competition, finished tied for 22nd overall. After shooting a 75 on day one, Ellsworth struggled at times on the course, particularly off the tee, according to Bellmont's golf coach Kyle Eichenauer. He had a lost ball on the 17th hole that led to a double bogey and ultimately a 41 on the back nine.
Starting on the number 10 hole, Ellsworth clawed his way back into the picture with a 39 on the front nine to finish out his second day with an 80 (+8). He becomes only the second golfer in Bellmont history to make it to the second day of play at the state finals level (Keith Blythe did it twice in 1990-91).
"He did not hit the ball like he normally does," Eichenauer noted. "He did keep fighting, though and never gave up. He was the highest finisher in the northeast Indiana area."
In the team play, Evansville Harrison dethroned two-time defending champion Brefeuf Jesuit with a team score of 300 edging Jesuit by three strokes, 614-611 overall to earn the state title. Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger finished tenth in the team competition with a 639 overall score.