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Heritage encourages Bishop Dwenger's Miller to Golfer of the Year

Bishop Dwenger junior Luke Miller is The News-Sentinel's high school boys Golfer of the Year. (By Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel)
Bishop Dwenger junior Luke Miller is The News-Sentinel's high school boys Golfer of the Year. (By Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel)

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2017 ALL-AREA GOLF TEAM

Luke Miller, Bishop Dwenger


Logan Ryan, Bishop Dwenger


Michael Brothers, Canterbury


Cam Boyce, Carroll


Nick Ramsey, Carroll


Xavier Walden, Carroll


Cayden Yourdon, Carroll


Trey Mayer, Churubusco


Spencer McCammon, Columbia City


Austin Render, Homestead


Garrett Willis , Homestead

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Saints' junior was a late starter to the game

Thursday, July 13, 2017 11:27 am

Along with being an Indiana legend as a player, his grandfather Bill Miller Sr. ran the Foster Park Golf Course for 40 years, and his father Bill Miller Jr. might have even been better as he competed for state amateur titles. Then there was his brother Kyle who was an all-area player on state-qualifying Bishop Dwenger teams. Oh, and his uncle Gregg Miller played at Wisconsin.

So, obviously, Luke Miller must have been a golf prodigy from an early age, right? After all, what choice did he have?

"I actually started pretty late," the Bishop Dwenger junior said. "This is only my third or fourth summer. I was always around it, but my dad didn't want to force us to do it. Now I kind of wish he had pushed me a little bit more, but I think it was the right thing."

Miller has been named The News-Sentinel's Boys Golfer of the Year after winning the regional and leading the Saints to their third straight state finals, where he tied with Homestead's Austin Render and Canterbury's Michael Brothers for the area's top finisher.

That's a pretty good year for someone who was the Saints' No. 5 player last year — playing behind five NCAA Division 1 players — and had to battle to maintain that spot all year.

"We very seldom used Luke's score," Saints coach Dave Scudder recalled. "We finally did in the regional, and he was really happy about that. Because of his family, I'm sure there's a little pressure put on him to perform as well if not better than the older ones. He works through all that and never lets it bother him. His work ethic is unbelievable."

Maybe that's because Miller's inner drove to succeed is stronger than any external expectations there may be, which he says there really aren't.

"I think having family members who were extremely good made it a lot more competitive between my brother and I," he said. "There was more of a push there because we are super-competitive and wanted to keep beating each other. I think that helped us practice more."

Amazingly, Luke said Kyle practiced harder and more often than he did, maybe realizing he had less time to improve. Kyle now plays for IUPUI. Now most days during the summer they get up early to play at Sycamore Hills. Still, there are expectations because of the family legacy.

"I think it's all positive stuff," Luke said. "Sometimes you get out there and you hear, `You must be so and so's son,' but to me that's a comforting feeling that people know who you are, but you also want to be known on your own. It's even more of a push to be better at what you do. My dad would love to see us do better than what he could do."

Luke said there's been no push from his father, but Bill Jr. and Bill Sr. are always available to talk about golf when asked. Bill Jr. often helps work on Luke's swing and two or three times a week they'll go out and play with Kyle.

"He knows we get the most enjoyment out of being the best we can at what we do," Luke said. "There's nothing more exciting than seeing your hard work pay off. He's not going to let us beat him, but he'll be happy if we do. Dad didn't want us forcing and then being burned out. He's only going to keep enjoying it if we're enjoying it."

Luke said he's beaten his father a handful of times, but though dad doesn't practice as much any more, he's still an awesome golfer. Grandpa, he said, usually shoots lower than his age every time. Those are pretty good role models.

"I've always been around golf," Luke said. "We were never forced to do it, but it was like we might as well because we were always around it. I realized when I was a seventh or eighth grader that I wasn't going to play football, basketball or baseball in high school. Now I just love golf, either playing by myself or enjoying it with friends. Now I spend a lot of time out there."

For more on local sports, follow Blake Sebring on Twitter at @blakesebring and on Facebook at Blake Sebring.

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2017 ALL-AREA GOLF TEAM

Luke Miller, Bishop Dwenger


Logan Ryan, Bishop Dwenger


Michael Brothers, Canterbury


Cam Boyce, Carroll


Nick Ramsey, Carroll


Xavier Walden, Carroll


Cayden Yourdon, Carroll


Trey Mayer, Churubusco


Spencer McCammon, Columbia City


Austin Render, Homestead


Garrett Willis , Homestead

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