Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 08 May 2012 14:59
Hillsboro and Marion golfers Evan Ollenburger (top) and Hogan Lovelady (bottom). Lovelady tied for 13th with HHS’s Devon Dick, shooting an 84. Ollenburger’s score was 196.
The three teams from Marion County struggled for success at last week’s Marion County Invitational played at the Hillsboro and Marion courses.
Peabody-Burns, Hillsboro and Marion finished 12th, 13th and 14th, respectively, in the 14-team tournament.
The tournament follows a unique format where the field of teams is divided into two groups. Each group plays 18 holes at one of the local courses in the morning, then the groups switch courses in the afternoon for another 18 holes.
Hesston came away as the team champion with a 36-hole score of 625 and a margin of 20 strokes over the runner-up team from Andale.
Peabody-Burns registered the best team score among the county schools at 779. Hillsboro followed with 782 and Marion with 832.
Individually, Devin Dick of Hillsboro had the best score among the three local teams, carding an 85 at Hillsboro and a 78 at Marion for a 36-hole total of 163. He tied for 11th in a field of 76 finishers.
“Devin Dick played the best golf of his high school career,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “He posted back-to-back 39s at Marion, shooting a solid score of 78. This was Devin’s first score under 80 in a competition.
“He started his afternoon round with a 39 at Hillsboro, but followed it with a 46 on the back nine to shoot 85. One bad hole really cost him.”
Hogan Lovelady of Marion followed Dick in a tie for 13th with an 84 at Hillsboro and 80 at Marion for a total of 164.
The individual champion was Gage Sheer of Cheney, who shot a 36-hole total of 143 with a 73 at Hillsboro and a 70 at Marion. Trevor Pauls of Hesston was the runner-up at 146 (73, 73).
The top 15 individuals received medals.
Peabody-Burns’ top finisher was Matt Hiebert at 185 (98, 87) for 45th place. Also competing for PBHS were Tommy Morris at 192 (100, 92), Wes Shaw at 193 (100, 93), McKenzie Ensminger at 209 (98, 111) and Cierra Foth at 224 (109, 115).
Joining Dick for the Trojans were Kyler Borg at 194 (98, 96) Evan Ollenburger at 196 (95, 101) and Casie Allen at 229 (109, 120).
In addition to Lovelady, Marion was represented by Jared Hague with a 227 (109, 119), Eric Regnier at 256 (127, 129) and Briana Hall at 266 (132, 134).
“It was a roller coaster ride for the Hillsboro golfers,” said coach Scott O’Hare. “At times, they played some really good golf and posted the kind of scores I have been expecting and hoping for. However, they couldn’t shoot those numbers consistently.
“Casie Allen had his low 18-hole score of his career at Hillsboro in the afternoon, but struggled over at Marion,” O’Hare added.
“Kyler Borg played nine decent holes at both sites, including a back nine of 41 at Marion in the morning, but struggled on the other nine holes at both sites.
“Evan Ollenburger just had a rough day and never really got into a rhythm of feeling comfortable on Friday.”
Coming—Hillsboro was scheduled to compete Tuesday at the Central Kansas League tournament in Halstead.
The next outing for the Trojans will be the Class 3A regional tournament Monday at Osage City. Also in the field are Burlington, Council Grove, Eureka, Marion, Osage City, West Franklin and Central Heights.