Joe Floreancig and Brad Patz each carded 76’s. Floreancig made the turn four-over par and had gotten to one-over before a double bogey and bogey on holes 16 and 17 pushed him back. Patz birdied two of his last five holes.
“Floreancig had it really going on in the back nine through his first six holes back there,” Maples said.
Sophomore Luke Berger was nine-over after the front, but came back and shot even par on the back, carding an 81. Berger’s final nine holes caught the eye of his coach as he started the momentum swing for the Orioles as he finished first.
“We had a conversation on the tenth green and said it’s probably not going to work out today but we need you tomorrow,” Maples said.
With the way the Orioles played their collective final nine holes, Maples has great optimism heading into tomorrow. The forecast is for the low 90s and Maples hurried his team to the bus after the round so they were able to get off their feet and get as much rest as possible.
“It will wear some people out, but the adrenaline of the state finals will keep people in it a little bit,” Whipple said. “Hopefully, we go out and play well again.”