HHS, MHS sweep titles at opener

Golfers from Hillsboro and Marion high schools combined to sweep all of the individual and team titles at the Herington Invitational on Tuesday, April 3.

The tournament involved 14 schools, including Goessel, Peabody-Burns and Centre.

On a cold and blustery day, Elliott Soyez from HHS won the individual title with an 18-hole score of 76, edging Zach Frey of Goessel by two strokes. Travis Hett from Marion was third (81), Justin Kent from Hillsboro fourth (82) and Keith Jones (83) of Marion fifth to give Marion County a top-five sweep.

The combined score of 158 by Soyez and Kent resulted in a 10-stroke two-man championship over the second-place team from Goessel, Frey and Nathan Ensz (90). Southeast of Saline was third at 190.<p>?Conditions were certainly less than ideal,? said Hillsboro coach Scott O?Hare of the event. ?It was a very windy day and the Herington course sets up on a hill, so there was no protection. <p>?Despite the conditions, Elliott had a pretty solid round. He shot even-par on the front nine for a great start, but had a few miscues on the back nine to finish four over par.<p>?Justin also played a pretty decent front nine at three over par, but had some problems on the back nine,? O?Hare added. <p>?It was nice to see these two start the season by winning the two-man competition. I really expected that from them, but am glad they came through.?<p>Marion, meanwhile, won the four-man and six-man titles.<p> The Warrior foursome of Hett, Jones, Chase Carlson (87) and Jake Bredemeier (89) combined for a 340 score and a 23-stroke victory over Sedgwick. Council Grove was third at 364.<p>The addition of Paul Hodson (106) and Lindsay Hett (112) earned Marion the six-man title with a 558, which was 26 strokes better than runner-up Goessel: Frey, Ensz, Cameron Voth (94), Tyler Schmidt (98), Alex Drake (110) and Sam Lehrman (114).<p>?I thought we played so-so,? Marion coach Rex Ostmeyer said. ?A couple of people played OK, but I think we can all play better than we did today. <p>?It was OK for the first meet I suppose, but I think we will see much better scores in the future. We will need to if we plan to accomplish our goals for the year.?<p>Peabody-Burns? Bryan Wingert (97) and Jake Watts (103) combined for a 200, which placed them fifth among the 10 two-man teams. With the addition of? Joseph Zappone (102), A.J. Jones (108), Oliver Whitney (116) and Curtis Frederick (118), PBHS sixth out of seven six-man teams at 644.<p>Centre?s two-man team of Kacey Hanschu (110) and Ryan Richmond (121) combined for a 231, which ranked them ninth among 10 teams. Also competing for Centre were Heath Hill (115), Jacob Jennings (117) and Trevor Trout (117).<p>Because of a church-related youth conference, Hillsboro had only four golfers competing at Herington. Joining Soyez and Kent were Darren Enns (93) and Daniel Miller (116).<p>?This tournament did not really give us a good indication of where we are as a team as at least two, maybe three, of the anticipated varsity players were unable to compete,? O?Hare said.<p>Coming?The Hillsboro Invitational, snowed out April 5, has been rescheduled for Thursday (April 12). Marion will be competing there as well.<p>The next varsity competition for HHS and MHS is scheduled for Friday, April 20, at the Wichita Collegiate Invitational played at Hidden Lakes.

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