Low scores pervade state golf tourney

On a normal day of high school golf, scores of 78 and 80 would most

likely have earned a top-20 individual medal at the Class 3A state

golf tournament.

But on Monday, when the weather was almost perfect and the course very

playable, those scores kept Hillsboro golfers Phillip Thiessen and

Grant just out of medal contention as low scores pervaded the


Thiessen, a junior, finished in 21st place on the medalist list, just

one stroke off the pace. Wiens, a senior, finished his high school

career three strokes from a medal.

?Phillip and Grant both had solid scores,? said coach Scott O?Hare.

?Unfortunately, everybody shot well today.?

O?Hare said it took a score of at least 75 on the par-70 course to

place among the tournaments top 10. The top medalist shot a

one-under-par 69.

The good shooting applied to team scores, too. Wichita Collegiate won

the title with a four-man score of 295. Smith Center was second with a

304 and Herington third at 310.

?In most state tournaments, you figure that if you score 320 as a

team, you have a good chance of finishing among the top three,? O?Hare

said. ?This year we had five teams shoot under 320.?

O?Hare said Thiessen was pleased with his score, but Wiens felt he

should have done better, given the conditions.

?Actually, Grant has been scoring under 80 lately, even when

conditions haven?t been all that great,? O?Hare said. ?So he felt he

should have done bet

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