The Zionsville Eagles built an early three-stroke lead on opening day during the 87th Annual IHSAA boys golf state finals at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, and on Wednesday, a strong second-day push turned their long-overdue championship aspirations into reality.

The second-ranked Eagles fired a 16-over-par 304 on Tuesday and finished with an 8-over-par 296 on Day 2 for an overall 24-over-par 600 to clinch their first team state title in 20 years.

Led by first-year head coach Adam Wood, an individual IHSAA state champion from Zionsville in 2013, the Eagles placed three golfers in the top-15 – with two named all-state as members of the top-10 – and four in the top-40 to surpass state runner-up and top-ranked Westfield (605) and third-place finisher Hamilton Southeastern (606).

Zionsville senior Andrew Wall paced the Eagles’ lineup by shooting a 70-74-144 for par, which tied him for fifth and Eagles’ sophomore Max Steiner carded a 4-over-par 148 and tied for eighth.

Zionsville won its first boys golf state title in 2001-02 after placing second in 2000-01 before winning it all again in 2003-04.

Zionsville’s third state title marked the first time a former individual IHSAA state champion, serving as a first-year head coach, has guided a group to the team championship in 87 years.

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