HHS golf teams win JV tourney, place fifth at Sterling

The Hillsboro golf team placed first at a junior varsity tournament hosted by Hesston Thursday.

The Trojans turned in a team score of 361, which put them ahead of Hoisington at 365, Hesston 400, Great Bend 428, Sterling 454 and Marion 459.

“Due to scheduling, and with the CKL tournament being at Hesston in May, I made the decision to play the varsity group in this tournament,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “This is generally a very competitive JV tournament and it is one of the few were they play 18 holes.”

Elliot Ollenburger led the team with an 85, placing him fourth in a field of 41 golfers. David McGregor of Wichita Trinity Academy turned in the winning score of 80.

“After posting back-to-back scores in the 80s, Elias (Werth) struggled a bit this week,” O’Hare said. “He seems to be having trouble getting off the tee in good shape and gets in positions where he is scrambling to make bogies. I’m confident we will get it figured out and get him back on track.”

Also competing for Hillsboro were: Darian Ratzlaff, sixth with a 91; Colin Settle, seventh with a 91; Elias Werth, 11th with a 94; Avery Unruh, 27th with a 111; and Paul Glanzer, 40th with a 132.

“Darian had a break-out tournament, posting his low score of the season by 11 strokes. Some things are starting to come together for him, and he is learning how to manage the game and score.”

Sterling—Hillsboro placed fifth among the six teams competing at the Sterling Invitational April 16.

The Trojans combined for a team score of 375, which was 53 strokes behind the first-place Black Bears, host team.

Cheney was second at 341, Halstead third at 371, St. John-Hudson fourth at 373, and Nickerson finished sixth at 443.

Hillsboro’s Elliot Ollen­burger finished among the top 10 individuals, placing ninth with an 89, which was 15 strokes behind Sterling’s winner, Zach Schissler, at 74.

Colin Settle contributed a 91 for 12th, Elias Werth shot a 93 for 15th and Darian Ratzlaff turned in a 102 and Avery Unruh a 110.

“Although the individual and team scores were not overly impressive, this tournament gave some indication of the potential of this team with everyone posting a score in the 40s on either the front nine or back nine,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “Unfortunately, none were able to put a solid front and back nine together.

“It was good to see Elliot get back on track with his first score in the 80s this season,” he added. “Elias struggled a bit on the front nine but made a great turn-around, posting a 42 on the back.

“Colin played fairly steady most of the day and had a good shot to break into the 80s for the first time this season. However, he struggled on a couple holes that left him just outside the top ten with a 91.”

Coming—The Trojan schedule lists two more junior varsity tournaments this week: April 27 at Hills­boro, and April 30 at Ster­ling.

“The varsity group will have this week off before our next tournament on May 1 (at Halstead),” O’Hare said. “I’m hoping we have a good week of practice, clean up a few things to increase consistency and course management.”

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