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  • Boone Grove's Logan Lucas achieves dream by reaching state finals in golf


    Logan Lucas is going to the state finals in golf.

    Yep. Say that once again.

    Logan Lucas is going to state.

    The Boone Grove senior will tee it up Tuesday for the Wolves at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel as a state qualifier. Qualifying for state was on his to-do list. "This was an imagine mine," Lucas said after he shot a 3-over 75 at Battle Ground Golf Course in the Lafayette Jefferson Regional. "This was my objective."

    Reinforced by a great start, Lucas made it through 3 consecutive bogeys at the end of his round to qualify. Lucas was 2-under par on his opening 9 holes.

    Lucas acknowledged he was "nervous" on the final hole.

    "I needed to grind out those last couple of holes," he said.

    Among the last players to complete, Lucas didn't have to withstand a painful wait to see if he made the cut. The leading 5 people not on advancing groups move on. The cut was 76. Lucas is among four specific qualifiers for the finals from the Region. Grant Miller and Yianni Kostouros of Crown Point and Anthony Bossi of Lake Central likewise advanced.

    Lucas' coach, Bob Lukas, said it had not been a surprise that Lucas certified.

    "He's been playing well lately," Lukas said. "He was leaking oil at the end there. but he was able to hold it together. "I'm pleased he arrived. There is a lot pressure, and this golf course is so hard. He did excellent. I'm happy of him."

    Lucas and Grant Stockwell, who plays No. 1 for the Wolves, have comparable skill sets. They also take place to be good friends. Stockwell missed out on receiving state last year by one stroke. When Lucas relocated to Lakes of the Four Seasons from Hammond, it was Stockwell that talked him into playing golf.

    Every day in the summer season the 2 pals would tee it up at Four Seasons Country Club, their area course. That's when Lucas, who played baseball and hockey, chose to go all-in for golf.

    "I enjoyed it," he stated.

    Lucas' plan for attacking Prairie View is the very same strategy he utilizes for any tournament. He's going to work hard on his cracking and putting. Lucas does have experience with the course. Boone Grove got state when he was a sophomore. "I have to hit fairways and greens," he said. I have to makes putts and chip well.