CARMEL — Peru sophomore Kash Bellar tied for eighth place and Tipton junior Griffin Hare tied for 12th Wednesday in the second and final day of the IHSAA Boys Golf State Finals at Prairie View G.C.
Bellar entered the round tied for first but shot a five-over 77 to finish at 147. Carmel senior Nick Dentino, who was tied for Bellar for first after the first round, shot 70 both days to tie for the final lead at 140, then beat Noblesville senior Clay Merchant in a playoff for the individual title.
Hare shaved a shot off his Tuesday score with a 74 Wednesday to finish with a two-day total of 149. Additionally, Howard County resident and Guerin Catholic senior Ty Gingerich shot 73 Wednesday to finish at 150, tying for 15th, and Kokomo freshman Brandon Hansen shot an 85 Wednesday to finish at 172 and tie for 85th.
Bellar's title hunt was derailed on the back nine Wednesday. He was 2-under for the round through 12 holes but struggled in the final third of the course, going 7-over on holes 13-17 before finishing with a par.
Purdue recruit Dentino led the Greyhounds to a clear victory in the team championship. Carmel posted the only sub-300 round Tuesday with a 299 for a four-shot lead entering the final round, then crushed the course with a 289 Wednesday for a two-round total of 588. The Greyhounds were 17 shots clear of Center Grove and Noblesville, both at 605.
Dentino complemented his individual and team titles with the Mental Attitude Award.
Gingerich led Guerin to the No. 4 spot with a score of 617.