Sunday, September 21, 2014

Golfers go low in OHS tournament

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 5/5/2014

The conditions were ripe for some of the lowest scores shot in a tournament in a long time. The weather was just right.

The mental aspect was on target. The high school golfers shot scores in the 60s Monday at GreatLife Golf.

The conditions were ripe for some of the lowest scores shot in a tournament in a long time. The weather was just right.

The mental aspect was on target. The high school golfers shot scores in the 60s Monday at GreatLife Golf.

The 10th score was a 76. Anderson County’s Spencer Walter shot the lowest score of 65.

Ottawa came in with one of the lowest scores in school history with a winning score of 296.

“That is unbelievable,” Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said. “I don’t know if anybody at Ottawa has ever done that. We knew they had the potential.”

Trey Rich, who shot a 72 and finished sixth, said the weather was perfect, but the competitive part made the scores go low.

“Hearing the other scores make you more competitive,” Rich said. “Feels good to win the home tournament. Home course helped a lot ... knowing what to hit.”

Many times, Ottawa does not shoot low on its course.

“We always put too much pressure on ourselves,” McCullough said. “They came through. This is what we thought our top three guys can do, shoot in the low 70s. Hopefully it gives us confidence. The key is the top three guys are starting to play really good golf.

“What we got in our bottom three is anybody can step in. Patrick [Conroy] did Friday. Patrick did today. Isaac [McCullough] went low at Osawatomie. Andrew went low at Gardner. All we need is one of them. We have a good chance if the other guys get consistent. That is what we have been doing the past couple of tournaments.”

Quentin Blaue led Ottawa with a 70, which was third. Parker Olmsted was fifth with a 71. Conroy was 16th with an 83. McCullough was 24th with an 66. Andrew Soph had a 92.

“These kids came out here today and tore it up,” McCullough said. “I have not seen this many under-par scores in a golf tournament. You keep it in the fairways here, you can do that. It is fun to see kids go out and shoot those kind of scores.”

Central Heights’ Matt Percy finished 10th with a 76. Caleb Powelson was 21st at 85.

Ottawa was coming off a Frontier League title on Friday in Spring Hill. Ottawa shot a 335.

Blaue was second with an 82. Olmsted took third with an 82. Rich was sixth with an 85. Conroy shot an 86 to take seventh.

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