Golfers aim for more with less

Members of this year?s Trojan golf team are (from left) Lane Flaming, Colin Settle, Carson Herbel, Elias Werth and Elliot Ollenburger. ?What?s exciting about all five of them is that they all  have some athletic abilities, they?re all pretty hard-working kids and they all have a pretty good competitive nature,? says coach Scott O?Hare.This year?s Hillsboro golf team has two fewer players than it did last year, but its ability of compete in tournaments appears to be greater.

That?s the assessment of coach Scott O?Hare, who welcomes a roster of three returning players and two newcomers?all of whom have athletic skills.

?We?ll be led by three sophomores?but three sophomores that played last season in pretty much our entire varsity schedule,? O?Hare said.

The three veterans are Elliot Ollenburger, Colin Settle and Elias Werth.

?Elliot and Collin had a little experience coming into high school last year?they had been part of the junior golf program,? O?Hare said. ?Elias just took up golf last year, but he?s such an athletic kid, very coordinated, so he?s picked up on it pretty well.?

The trio worked on their game during the summer.

?All three have played a little bit in the off-season?not competitively, but I?ve seen them out on the golf course,? O?Hare said.

?They all seem to really enjoy the game and have been working real hard at it. Already, I?ve seen improvement from the end of last year.?

At the same time, he said all three have a lot to learn about the game of golf.

?They?re getting better, and I anticipate that all three of them are going to see some things improve through the season.?


The addition of two newcomers with limited experience may not seem like an asset, but O?Hare likes what he has seen from junior Carson Herbel and freshman Lane Flaming in the early going.

?It?s good to see Carson out,? said the Trojan coach. ?He?s a fairly athletic kid with good coordination. It?s pretty apparent that he understands some things about how to do it.

?We?re going to help him clean some of it up a little bit just to help him be more consistent. He?s not tournament ready right now, but I think he?ll help us.?

Flaming comes to the team with experience in the city?s junior golf program.

?What?s exciting about all five of them is that they all have some athletic abilities, they?re all pretty hard-working kids and they all have a pretty good competitive nature,? O?Hare said.

?When you put those things together, it means they want to do well and they?re willing to work hard to get better.

?From that aspect, I?m pretty excited about it?but cautiously excited. I know what this game can do to you in the mind.?

Needing a minimum of four scores to register for a team score, O?Hare is grateful to have five golfers on the roster.

?I think I have a group of five that I could take to some varsity tournaments, and five scores to pull from to get our top-four scores.

?It would be helpful as a team to have the ability to drop that highest score, and maybe post significantly better numbers than we have the past couple of years, just because we could have four or five decent scores to pull from.?

Knowing their relatively brief history with the sport, O?Hare said his primary goal for each player is to get better every day?and all five seem to be teachable.

If they can make what they learn during practice become a part of their everyday game, O?Hare is optimistic about the future.

?In my head right now, I?d love to see us drop below 350 as a team,? he said. ?When we hit that?I hope sooner than later?we?ll see about lowering it even more, because I really do think those three coming back are really close to posting some numbers that would put them into contention at some tournaments.

?I don?t know necessarily about winning yet, but scores to put them among some top-10 medalists.?


The Trojans? 2016 schedule is similar to recent years. The team will play varsity tournaments on its home course April 8 with the Hillsboro Invitational, and again May 6 when they partner with Marion High School for the 36-hole Marion County Invitational.

In addition, the Trojans will host back-to-back junior varsity tournaments April 29 and May 2.

Hillsboro was scheduled to begin competition April 5 with an invitational at Herington.

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