By David Fong
COLUMBUS — With his drive and determination, Holden Scribner would have been successful wherever he played his high school golf.
But as his high school career came to a close Saturday, Scribner knew there’s no place in the world he would have rather played than Troy High School.
“I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world,” said Scribner, whose storied career ended Saturday following the final round of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I state tournament at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course. “It was just a great experience the last four years with my teammates and my coach. It’s crazy that it’s all over. I can’t even hardly talk about it.”
In his first trip to the state meet, Scribner shot a 9-over 81 Friday, but came back Saturday to shoot a 79 for a two-day total of 81-79 — 160. In a tournament in which a 5-over 149 was good enough to earn medalist honors, Scribner tied for 14th out of 72 golfers.
“Overall, I struggled with my game a bit,” Scribner said. “I didn’t play nervous or anything like that, I just struggled at times. (Saturday) I played with a lot more confidence. I shot a 36 on the front nine and was playing well. Then I hit some rough spots and struggled on the back nine.”
Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said under the conditions — winds reached 30 miles per hour during the day — Scribner played well Saturday.
“He was one of only 13 golfers to break 80,” Evilsizor said. “He had it rolling early and was even-par on the first nine, then his driver kind of left on the second nine and he had to do too much scrambling. On a course like that, that doesn’t always pay off. I know he was a little disappointed with how he played, but I think he eventually came around and was proud of what he accomplished.
“Even when things weren’t going his way, he never gave up and he kept battling. I felt like he represented Troy extremely well and I know we are all very proud of him.”
Scribner said the chance to close his career by playing at the state tournament is something he’ll never forget.
“It was just a great, great experience,” he said. “There were a lot of people there watching. It was cool. It was sweet getting to play against the top dogs in the state. If you look at the junior golf rankings, Ohio is ranked No. 7 out of all 50 states, so you know some of the best golfers in the nation were competing there this weekend.”
Evilsizor said he’ll miss coaching Scribner.
“We’ll miss him tremendously,” Evilsizor said. “He’s been a huge part of this program. Even before he was in the ninth grade, we knew about him and knew he was coming up because he had played with some of our older guys. He’s going to leave a big void to fill. I know he said he plans on coming back and playing with us this summer; he’s welcome any time.”
Now that his high school golf career has come to a close, Scribner said he’ll explore his college options, as he hopes to continue playing at the next level.
“I definitely want to play golf in college,” he said. “I’ve got a couple of schools I’m looking at right now.”
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