ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
Hillsboro and Marion high schools used a cooperative effort and a unique format at the first Marion County Invitational Golf Tournament held May 9.
Fourteen teams participated in the inaugural tournament. Seven schools began play at the Hillsboro golf course in the morning, while the other seven schools played the Marion course.
Each individual played two rounds at each course, or 18 holes.
When play was completed, the schools switched courses to play an additional 18 holes.
Scores were kept and medals awarded at each course for 18-hole totals as well as for a 36-hole overall score.
Taking top honors in the 36-hole overall scoring, shooting a combined 141, was Justin Ahlers of Bennington (H 69, M 72) and Zac Potter of Cheney (H 70, M 71).
Ahlers was awarded first place by virtue of his second handicap hole total. Ahlers’ 69 was the day’s low score at Hillsboro, while Potter’s 71 was the low score at Marion.
Taking top honors for Marion High School and finishing in 10th place overall was Nickolas Hett (H 81, M 77, 158).
The top finisher for Hillsboro High was Andrew Bina, who finished 29th overall (H 81, M 87, 168).
As a team, Hesston and Council Grove tied for first with six-man 36-hole totals of 631.
Hesston was awarded the championship by virtue of a better fifth-man score.
Council Grove finished with a six-man low team total of 310 at Hillsboro, while Hesston was the low six-man team at Marion, shooting a combined 316.
The Warriors’ six-man totals were 345 at Hillsboro and 340 at Marion while the Trojans’ six-man totals were 350 at Hillsboro and 366 at Marion.
Marion came in seventh with a 685, while Hillsboro placed ninth at 716.
In addition to Hett, the following Warriors competed: Nick Carlson ( H 78, M 85, 163), Trevor Jones (H 95, M 84, 179), Joe Svitak (H 91, M 94, 185), Justin Brookens (H 95, M 97, 192) and John Whitwell (H 103 M 96, 199).
In addition to Bina, Hillsboro’s team included Billy Winegarner (H 83, M 94, 177), Lance Bartel (H 91, M 94, 185), Ricky Johnson (H 103, M 91, 194), Derek Hamm (H 95, M 107, 202) and Randy Klassen (H 108, M 94, 202).