Trojan golfers sixth in Class 2A

Hillsboro’s golf team finished sixth out of 12 schools competing at the Class 2A State Championship Tour­nament May 22 at the Golf Club at Southwind, Garden City.

The Trojans combined for a team score of 375, placing them behind champion Sacred Heart (309), St. Marys Colgan (316), Kansas City Christian (339), Republic County (363) and Plainville (369), and ahead of Trego Community (381), St. John-Hudson (410), Stanton County (422), Meade (429), Hoxie (432) and Lyndon (530).

Elliot Ollenburger led the Trojans with an 88, which tied for 22nd place among the 87 golfers, just one stroke out of top-20 medalists.

Rounding out the scoring were Elias Werth, 91, tied for 27th; Caroline Roth, 96, tied for 34th; Carson Herbel, 100, tied for 46th; Joe Knoll, 105, tied for 52nd and Colin Settle, 118, tied for 68th.

Coach Scott O’Hare said, “Although scores overall were a bit higher than they were shooting for, there were still some positives to take from that experience.

“Weather conditions were amazing and the kids were pretty positive after the practice round on Sunday and after preparations on Mon­day morning before teeing off.”

O’Hare said his team played solid golf on a tough course.That course is not very forgiving,” he added. “I believe the nerves of state competition, having so many spectators with every group, and the difficulty of the course got the best of some of them.”

Overall, O’Hare said he was pleased with his team this season.

“Although they never quite accomplished the goal of posting a team score in the 330s, they did get as low as 343,” he said.

The Trojans won two tournaments during the regular season and finished among the top three teams in all but one regular season tournament, finishing fourth at the 36-hole Marion County Invitational.

O’Hare said the future looks bright for Hillsboro golf.

“We will certainly miss Carson and Caroline next season, as both were critical parts of this team throughout the season,” He said. “However, Elliot and Elias have both made tremendous progress in their high school careers and will provide a great core going into next season. Colin and Joe both have tremendous potential.

“I believe these four individuals, particularly if we can add a couple more into the mix, will continue to build on the success of these past couple seasons.”

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