By Josh Brown
ARCANUM — The Troy boys golf team may not have shot as well as it did a year ago at the Preseason Greater Western Ohio Conference Tournament.
But the Trojans still found themselves moving up.
Troy’s boys shot 324 and finished tied for third overall with GWOC American North Division rival Butler, but the Trojans’ fifth score came in one stroke better than the Aviators’ score, giving Troy third place overall and sole possession of the division lead after Monday’s round of 18 holes at Beechwood Golf Course.
Last year, Troy shot 312 to Butler’s 306 and fell behind in the division standings early, with only the Preseason and Postseason GWOC Tournaments counting towards the final standings.
“What a difference a year makes,” Troy boys golf coach Mark Evilsizor said. “Last year, we shot 312 and got fourth. Today, we shoot 324, and I think this is the best overall place we’ve finished since I’ve been here at the Pre or Post.
“The score may not be what we wanted, but the place is about perfect. With Centerville and Springboro playing here, to come in third to these guys is a great testament to these guys and how they’ve bought into it and like playing golf and want to be successful.”
The Trojans were led by senior Nate Uhlenbrock, who shot the third-best individual score with a 73.
“For Nate, I think that’s his best individual 18-hole round of his career,” Evilsizor said. “It’s a nice way for him to go out in his last preseason tournament here. He played real well, birdied three holes in a row at one point. For him to shoot 1-over and finish third overall, that’s pretty impressive.”
Holden Scribner followed with a 75, tied for fourth individually. Connor Stoltz shot 87, Travis Bertram and Nathan Henderson each shot 89 and Zac Collin shot a 91.
“Holden played well,” Evilsizor said. “I know he’s disappointed with how he finished, but as a coach, I’m not disappointed at all. We know what we’re going to get out of Holden.
“I was pleased with the other scores, too. They were all right within a couple strokes of each other. They were all consistent, and overall, that’s as good as a coach can ask. Our goal was to beat 320 as a team, but to take third overall, I would’ve taken that with whatever score we shot.”
Butler’s Austin Greaser shot 71, good for second place individually, but the next three scores only tied Troy’s total of 324. Needing to beat Troy’s fifth score of 89, the Aviators’ fifth man came in with a 90, and the Trojans claimed third place overall and took the early lead in the GWOC American North standings.
Tippecanoe was ninth overall and third in the GWOC American North with a 363. Freshman Nathan Gagnon led the Red Devils with a 78, Casey Tateman shot 92, Noah Blake shot 95, Ian Smith and Zach Losey both shot 98 and Sam Weatherly shot 99.
Piqua was 18th with 457. Aaron Davis shot a 94, Nick Wright shot 117, Kyler Kommer shot 120, Christian Starrett shot 126 and Matt Herron shot 149.
Centerville was first overall with 305, and Springboro was second with 314. Springboro’s Jonathan Cloyd was medalist with a 69.
On the girls side, Tippecanoe finished fifth overall with a 406 — the top score in the GWOC American North.
Taylor Hudson led the Red Devils with an 88 — the 10th-best individual score on the day — Marissa Miller shot 101, Addi Richardson shot 108, Lydia Stueve shot 109, Sydney Lange shot 113 and Mandi Kreinbrink shot 124.
Troy was 11th overall and fourth in the GWOC American North with 435. Carrigan Browning shot 97, Riley Johnson shot 110, Hannah Simister shot 113, Lauren Garlow shot 115, Camryn Spencer shot 123 and Delaney Davis shot 135.
Defending division champion Piqua finished right behind Troy in 12th with 464. Kelsey Bachman shot 99, Korren Evans shot 114, Adde Honeycutt shot 125, Skylar Sloan shot 126, Madison Ordean shot 136 and Sophie Hilleary shot 150.
Centerville was first overall with 306, and the Elks’ Marissa Wenzler was medalist with 72.
* Boys Golf
MIAMISBURG — The Troy boys golf team followed its solid performance at the Preseason GWOC Tournament up with an ever better one.
The Trojans posted two scores in the 70s and shot a team score of 318 Tuesday at the Miamisburg Invitational, winning the tournament as Fairmont was second with 321 and Lebanon third with 332.
“This was a big win for us today,” Troy boys golf coach Mark Evilsizor said. “The kids are stepping up, growing up a little bit and are playing good golf. And all of the scores are consistent, too. That’s what I like to see.
“We’ve had some success here at Miamisburg, winning here in 2014. The kids seem to like the course, and we putted well today as a whole crew. That’s always nice to see.”
Holden Scribner rallied from a rough start to finish with a 2-over 74 to lead the Trojans and finish with the third-best individual score on the day. Nate Uhlenbrock followed that with a 77, Connor Stoltz shot 81, Zac Collin shot 86, Travis Bertram shot 92 and Nathan Henderson shot 101.
“This was big for Holden,” Evilsizor said. “He started a little rough, was 3-over after four holes, but he basically played 1-under over the last 14. He settled himself down and played to his strengths. Nate was steady as can be, and we need those two to keep playing like they’re playing.”
Tippecanoe’s boys finished 10th, shooting 355.
Troy travels to the Greenville Invitational on Thursday, where the Trojans will look to defend their title from last season.
BELLEFONTAINE — Newton’s Chet Jamison was overall medalist Monday at the Ben Logan Invitational, leading the Indians to a fifth-place finish as a team with 370.
Jamison shot 75 and took first individually. Garrett Peters followed with 91, Mitchell Montgomery shot 101, Nate Zielinski shot 103, Nash Lavy shot 107 and Kleyson Wehrley shot 119.
Other scores: Twin Valley South 177, Miami East (0-1, 0-1) 182.
* Girls Golf
PIQUA — Miami East’s girls started off the season strong at the Covington “Think Pink” Buccaneer Invitational Monday at Echo Hills, finishing third overall with 405.
Paige Lawson led the Vikings with an 86 — tied for fifth individually — Marissa Kearns shot 96, Emily Rowley shot 109, Maci Krites shot 114 and Kearsten Kirby shot 115.
The host Buccaneers were ninth with 562. Emily Thompson shot 113, Emily Hedrick shot 137, Mackenzie Gambill shot 155 and Katie Hembree and Morgan Lowe both shot 157.
Versailles won the tournament with a 366, while National Trail’s Makenna Jones was medalist with a 75.
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