Devin Dick’s seventh-place effort in the individual competition helped the host team to a sixth-place finish Friday at the nine-school Hillsboro Invitational at the Municipal Golf Course.
Dick’s 86 over 18 holes left him 10 strokes behind the individual champion, Adam Matz of Centre.
The Cougars, who finished second as a team with a score of 355, trailed Halstead by seven strokes. Centre’s Tyler Klenda won the fifth-place medal with an 85.
Goessel placed third as a team at 360. Neal Brubaker led the Bluebird effort with an 85, which was fourth-best overall.
Complementing Brubaker’s effort for Goessel were Shane Goerzen with a 90, Jake Smucker 92, Trey Schmidt 93, Braden Unruh 97 and Drake Sterk 98.
For Centre, Dylan Svitak contributed a 93, Benjamin Wertz 101, Brian Burhoop 103 and Kodey Johnson 107.
Rounding out Hillsboro’s card were Daniel Kenney with a 96, Evan Ollenburger and Andrew Meier at 104, Kyler Borg 106 and Casie Allen 132.
The top four scores on each squad are used to determine the team score.
Hillsboro coach Scott O’Hare was pleased with a 40-stroke improvement over his inexperienced team’s score at the season-opening tournament Tuesday at Herington.
“Although the team score is still higher than I expect from a Hillsboro High School golf team, it showed drastic improvement, which is our goal at this point.
“All but one shot a better score on Friday, and many of them improved by several strokes.”
Trailing Halstead, Centre and Goessel were Hesston at 387, Minneapolis 387, Hillsboro 390, St. John’s Military 390, Chapman 395, Bennington 425.
Centre and Goessel finished among the top five teams, while Marion placed eighth and Hillsboro last at the 13-school tournament April 5.
Sedgwick won the team title with a four-man score of 354. Halstead followed at 372, Centre at 373, Council Grove at 377 and Goessel was fifth at 380. Marion carded a 388 and Hillsboro finished at 430.
Tyler Klenda placed third as an individual with an 85, one stroke behind the two leaders from Sedgwick. Adam Matz was a top-10 performer as well with an 87.
Dylan Svitak scored a 98 for Centre while Trevor Hageberg shot 103, Brian Burhoop 104 and Kodey Johnson 110.
For Goessel, Shane Goerzen placed among the top 10 with an 86. Neal Brubaker and Trey Schmidt each shot 97, Davis Cook 100, Jake Smucker 102 and Braden Unruh 103.
Landon Leiker led Marion with a 91. Braydon Putter followed with a 96, Wiley Lundy 100, Tim Costello 101, Adam Molleker 108 and Hogan Lovelady 113.
For Hillsboro, Devin Dick finished at 96, Kyler Borg 101, Evan Ollenburger 111 and Daniel Kenney 122.
“Conditions were tough,” Hillsboro coach Scott O’Hare said. “It was extremely windy, which most golfers struggle with. The struggles are exaggerated for less experienced golfers.
“Also, with the exception of Devin, these guys were competing in their first varsity tournament, so the anxiety was also at issue, particularly starting off. I felt like overall, they handled it fairly well.
“Although I was not excited about the team score, it gave us an idea of where we are and what we need to do.”
Coming—Hillsboro has a tournament scheduled Friday at the Hidden Lakes course in Wichita hosted by Wichita Collegiate.
The team’s next tournament will be April 18 at Sterling.