The Marion Country Club was the site of the nine-team Marion High School Regional Golf Tournament Monday.
“It was our first tournament this year without turtlenecks and long underwear, but despite the warmer weather, high scores were the norm,” coach Thane Schwartz said.
As a team, the Warriors finished in fourth place with a score of 402 behind Osage City (368), Burlington (375) and Eureka (392).
“Many succumbed to the golf gods around the greens,” Schwartz said. “The greens were super fast.
“If you putted by the hole on a slope, your next shot was probably a wedge.”
Hogan Lovelady paved the way for the Warriors, qualifying for the state tournament with an 18-hole score of 87, good for fourth place.
“Hogan Lovelady won a spot at state by staying out of trouble, which meant sometimes retiring the driver for a 3 iron,” Schwartz said.
Jared Hague finished 16th with a 102, while Wiley Lundy came in 19th at 104.
Rounding out the team were: Aaron Molleker (109), Dylan Goebel (125) and Brant Stephenson (131).
“Jared Hague and Wiley Lundy finished just out of the medals and have used drivers for sale,” Schwartz said. “Aaron Molleker, who has been dealing with a wrist injury, shot a respectable round, but decided to feed the fish a sleeve of balls on No. 9.”
HOA League—The Marion golf team participated in the Heart of America league tournament at the Hesston Golf Park Tuesday.
The Warriors placed fourth as a team with 413 points behind Hutchinson Trinity (353), Remington (364) and Bennington (376).
Individually, Hogan Lovelady paved the way for the Warriors with an 18-hole score of 90, good for sixth place. Wiley Lundy also shot a 90 and finished eighth.
“(Hogan and Wiley) both shot a respectable 90 on a fairly difficult course with elevated and undulating greens,” coach Thane Schwartz said.
Also competing for Marion were Jared Hague (112), Brant Stephenson (121), Dylan Goebel (130) and Lauren McLinden (173).
“Mid-round rains gave way to sunny and humid conditions,” Schwartz said. “Rooster tails were common on the putting green. And if you didn’t keep your grips dry, you were in for a long day.”
Coming—Lovelady will compete at the state golf tournament Monday at Seneca.