By Justin Sokeland
BEDFORD – Ethan Stanley scripted the appropriate ending to his high school golf career, earning All-State honors from the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association on Friday night.
Stanley is the fifth player in program history to receive the ultimate recognition for his season-long performance. The top 10 from the IHSAA state finals, and the next 10 based on accumulated points during the year, are named to the elite list.
Stanley won two invitational tournaments, finished second in the sectional at Bloomington Country Club, third in the regional at Champions Pointe, and tied for 25th in the state championships at Prairie View.
“It means a lot, especially after the way (Wednesday, with an 81 in the final round of the state) went, having my play all season recognized,” Stanley said. “It’s nice to know, remembering and looking back, I had a nice season. And don’t let one shot (on the 18th hole of the second round) ruin everything that happened.”
Stanley joined an exclusive BNL list to earn All-State. The award was started in 1973, and the Stars to earn the distinction include David Gratzer (1994-95), Michael Tillett (2002), Aaron Harrell (2002) and Chase Wagner (2010).
“It seems like this is a nice summary of his four-year career,” BNL coach Mike Wright said. “Going back to that 71 he shot in the regional as a freshman. It’s a much better ending than he would have gotten. I could tell is pepped him up quite a bit.”
Stanley was also one of the few BNL golfers to qualify for the state finals all four years.
“I always had in my mind I could,” Stanley said. “I don’t know what point I truly believed it, but I had work ethic and put the hours in. After that score in the regional as a freshman, I said to myself I could really do this. That gives you a lot of confidence.”
Stanley plans to compete in the U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier, the U.S. Amateur qualifier and the Indiana Boys State tournament before reporting to the University of Indianapolis is August.
BNL ALL-STATE GOLFERS
1994 – David Gratzer
1995 – David Gratzer
2002 – Michael Tillett
2002 – Aaron Harrell
2010 – Chase Wagner
2019 – Ethan Stanley