JIMTOWN — Broc Maurer has only been playing golf for about four years, but the Jimtown High School junior is already making an impact on the sport.
Maurer goes into the Warsaw Regional on Thursday, June 12, at Stonehenge Golf Club as the first regional qualifier from Jimtown since Justin McCuddy in 2006.
By shooting 72 Saturday, June 7, in the Fairfield Sectional at Black Squirrel Golf Club in Goshen, Maurer tied a personal best for 18 holes.
Thursday, June 12, 9 a.m.
Where: Stonehenge Golf Club, Warsaw.
Area teams: Northridge (Will Erekson, Tom Morrison, Luke Morrison, Austen Schmidt, Corbin Bullock), NorthWood (Alec Dutkowski, Brayden Glaser, Logan Kauffman, Matthew Eby, Hayden Klotz), Fairfield (John Stack, Dustin Layne, Andrew Fritchley, Tyler Hostetler, Andrew Hoover), Marian (Michael Makris, Augie Hartnagel, Kyle Killilea, Jonathan Wallisch, Cameron Trippel), Penn (Justin Holt, Richard Jung, Blake Harman, Nick Thurin, Ryan Walsh).
Area individuals: Broc Maurer (Jimtown), Peyton Kime (Concord), Michael Foy (Elkhart Memorial), Jeffery Moore (Wawasee).
Advancement: Top three teams plus top five individuals, excluding those individuals who advance with a team, will move on to the first round of the IHSAA State Finals 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
He ready to face the challenges of Stonehenge.
"It's really long with a lot of heather and tall grass," says Maurer. "You have to be straight and consistent off the tee. There are very fast greens."
Maurer prides himself on his chipping and putting.
"I'm not the longest hitter off the tee," says Maurer. "I have a good short game. That's probably the best part of my game."
Maurer averaged 83 in 18-hole round and 40 in 9-hole rounds in 2014 and saw the Jimmies earn 10 dual victories. In his first two varsity seasons, Jimtown won five matches each year.
Jimtown coach Bob "Doc" Elli is hoping that Maurer's example and the possible addition of a junior high program will raise the level of Jimmies golf with earlier exposure to the game.
"When you are trying to teach the rules of golf when they are a freshman, there are a lot of things to absorb," says Elli. "It takes them two or three years just to get acclimated to golf and then they are gone."
Maurer has put in the time practicing and on junior tours in Elkhart County and around Indiana while honing his skills.
"Broc has put in a lot of hours," says Elli. "It depends on where your priorities and goals are."
Maurer is determined to get better.
"My (golf) year is just getting started," says Maurer. "You have to play the sport a lot to get good at it."
A left-hander, Maurer has had to order many of his clubs online. His father, Brian, tried to get Broc to play right-handed, but that just didn't work so he remained a lefty.
Maurer holds memberships at McCormick Creek Golf Course in Nappanee (Jimtown's home course) and Bent Oak Golf Club in Elkhart.
Bent Oak provides more challenges with all its trees and tight fairways.
"You have to have course management," says Maurer. "You have to think about what you're doing."