Thiessen aces regional golf meet

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Hillsboro High School golfer Phillip Thiessen made a late charge and won individual medalist honors at the Class 3A regional tournament Monday in Hesston.


“This was a tough field and Phillip played extremely well,” said Scott O’Hare, Hillsboro head coach.


Thiessen got started strong with a one-over-par 37 on the front nine holes. Early into the back nine, he fell behind Joe Rheem of Wichita Collegiate, one of the tournament favorites.


“Phillip pulled back into a tie with about two or three holes to go,” O’Hare said. “Rheem bogeyed the final hole and then Phillip parred it to win the title.”


While Thiessen’s game sparkled on the 18-hole course at Hesston, his teammates struggled to stay in contention.


Chuck Bina had the next-best score at 90, which is considerably higher than usual but still placed him 20th in the 53-person field.


Adam Woods followed with a 92 for 24th place, Ryan Fields carded a 110 for 41st, Billy Winegarner finished 45th with a 112, and Randy Klassen placed 53rd at 145.


“The course played pretty tough,” O’Hare said. “It was very windy and the pins were tucked behind about every hill they could find.”


As a four-man team, Hillsboro finished with a score of 368, which placed them fifth among nine teams and 51 strokes behind Hesston.


The Swathers edged Wichita Collegiate by a single stroke for the team title.


Thiessen will be the only Trojan to move on to state competition Monday at the Buffalo Dunes course in Garden City.


Marion finished in eighth-place with a four-man score of 403. Blake Conyers was the Warriors’ top performer with an 87, which placed him 17th.


Nickolas Hett carded the next best score at 101, followed by David Tharp 104, Jeff Moody 111, Brent Cleeton 119 and Evan Sharp 120.

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