Junior shot 88 in 1st round, hoped to rebound Wednesday

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FRANKLIN — Adam Casto’s first round at the boys golf State Finals featured some good (one birdie, seven pars), some bad (five bogeys) and a little ugly (three double-bogeys, two triple-bogeys).

Fortunately for the Greenfield-Central junior, he gets a chance to redeem himself today.

Casto, the first Hancock County golfer to qualify for the state meet since New Palestine’s Steve Nichols in 2006, fired a 16-over-par 88 in his first round at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin Tuesday morning.

Casto tees off from the 10th hole today at 8:27 a.m. for his second go-around.

Following his opening round Tuesday, Casto said he noticed a glitch in his swing that should aid his quest for a better score today.

“I found something toward the end of the day. I’ve got to keep my hips out in front of me,” said Casto, who started on the back nine and shot a 46 before collecting a 42 on the front nine. “I was just arm-swinging all day. I was flying it out to the right, but I fixed it.”

Floyd Central senior Devin Jenkins, Valparaiso senior Kyle Meihofer and Zionsville junior Adam Wood logged 4-under 68s to share the lead after Day 1. Michael Makris, a junior from Mishawaka Marian, was alone in fourth at -3. Five golfers were at two-under-par.

Columbus North (two-over-par 290), Westfield (291) and Floyd Central (292) registered the top three team scores.

Prior to this season, cuts were made after Day 1 of the State Finals. The top nine individuals — excluding those who advanced with a team — and any golfer within four strokes of the lead moved on to Day 2. Now, every player who proceeds past the regional round is assured of 36 holes at The Legends — a sprawling suburban course tucked in the center of Johnson County.

Casto carded a career-best 75 Friday at the Muncie Central Regional to move on to state, and teed off from the 10th tee on the Road 9 course Tuesday.

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