Cougars' junior fires three-over-par 75 in 2nd round

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A day after struggling at times in the opening round of the boys golf State Finals Tuesday, Greenfield-Central’s Adam Casto rebounded well in his final round Wednesday.

The junior carded a three-over-par 75 on his second 18-hole round at The Legends in Franklin, a 13-stroke improvement from Tuesday. He finished with a two-day total of 163, or +19.

Casto had three birdies and nine pars Wednesday after one birdie and six pars Tuesday.

Adam Wood, a junior from Zionsville, won the individual crown with a two-day score of 136, good for -8.

Floyd Central junior Devin Jenkins was one stroke behind Wood at 137. Westfield sophomore Timmy Hildebrand and Jasper senior Will Seger tied for third with 138s.

Westfield fired a one-under-par 575 to set a new State Finals record and claim the team championship, outlasting second-place Columbus North (577) and third-place Floyd Central (580).

For the second day in a row, Casto began his day on the 10th tee. He was three-over-par on the back nine, but clinched an even-par 36 on the front nine by birdying the par-4 ninth.

In his first round, Casto had three double-bogeys and a pair of triple-bogeys. Wednesday he notched just one double-bogey and no triple-bogeys.

Casto advanced to state by logging a 75 Friday at the Muncie Central regional, thereby becoming the first duffer from Hancock County to qualify for the state meet since New Palestine’s Steve Nichols in 2006.

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