Troy boys 7th at Firebird Invite

By Josh Brown

KETTERING — With the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division race all but over, the Troy boys golf team is turning its focus to the postseason.

Tuesday, the Trojans got a look at what district competition will look like this year.

Playing on NCR’s South course, which has hosted the PGA Championship in the past, and in a group including two state tournament powers and GWOC North rival Butler, the Trojans finished seventh out of 19 teams at the Fairmont Firebird Invitational Tuesday, still looking to hit its stride.

Troy finished with a 332. Springboro won the tournament with a 298, followed by Butler with a 300 — including three players shooting 76. Lakota East was third with 304 and Oakwood fourth with 315.

“The score wasn’t what I wanted, but we were happy with the place,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “Our group was Oakwood, a state champ in Division II, Springboro, which is probably going to state again, and Butler, which just beat us last week. We went in thinking it would be great if we could beat one team in our group.

“We placed where we thought we could, we were just hoping to get closer to 320.”

Freshman Holden Scribner led the Trojans with a 78, tied for 14th individually. Troy Moore shot an 80, Nate Uhlenbrock shot an 81, Austin Rank shot a 93, Ryan McClurg shot a 94 and Tyler Lambert shot a 96.

“We played the championship course, which is probably one of the toughest courses most of these kids have ever played on,” Evilsizor said. “It was a neat experience. We were hoping to get that fourth score under 90, but that didn’t happen. That fourth score has been getting us in trouble.”

Troy will face district-level competition again on Saturday, playing at Weatherwax in another 18-hole tournament.

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