Werth leads HHS at Marion County Invite

Elias Werth led the Trojans at the 36-hole Marion County Invitational Friday, carding a 101 at Marion and a 93 at Hillsboro for an overall score of 194. He placed 29th overall. Phyllis Richert Photo
Elias Werth led the Trojans at the 36-hole Marion County Invitational Friday, carding a 101 at Marion and a 93 at Hillsboro for an overall score of 194. He placed 29th overall. Phyllis Richert Photo

Hillsboro?s golf team experienced a challenging day at the 36-hole Marion County Invitational, which was played Friday on the golf courses at Marion and Hillsboro.

Departing from previous years? format of dividing the schools in half with each group playing one course in the morning and the other in the afternoon, all the schools competed together, playing at Marion in the morning and Hills?boro in the afternoon.

Whether it was the physical challenge of playing 36 holes in one day, or the challenge for inexperienced golfers to maintain consistency for that long, the four Trojans struggled.

Freshman Elias Werth shot the best score for the day, carding a 101 at Marion and a 93 at Hillsboro for a total score of 194. He placed 29th in the field of 46 finishers.

Colin Settle shot 100 at Marion and 103 at Hillsboro. His total of 203 placed him 36th.

Phillip Ediger, who had been the team?s top performer of late, shot 107 at Marion and 113 at home for a total of 220, which placed him 42nd.

Eliot Ollenburger was disqualified at Marion and shot a 99 at Hillsboro.

The tournament?s individual medalist was Jesse Bittner of Burling?ton with a score of 160. With five of the top seven individual scores, Burlington won the team title with a score of 648, which was 46 strokes better than runner-up Cheney.

Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to compete Tuesday in the Central Kan?sas League tournament at Sterling.

Next Monday is the Class 3A regional tournament at Sterling. Also joining the field are Beloit, Ellsworth, Southeast of Saline, Hess?ton, Hutchinson Trinity, Lyons and Minneapolis.