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OHS golfers take third at state

By The Herald Staff | 5/28/2014

MAYETTA — It finally happened. An Ottawa High School golf team left the state tournament with some hardware.

The Cyclones placed third Tuesday in the 4A State Tournament at Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta. Ottawa shot a four-man score of 333, one shot better than Iola, which beat the Cyclones in the regional.

MAYETTA — It finally happened. An Ottawa High School golf team left the state tournament with some hardware.

The Cyclones placed third Tuesday in the 4A State Tournament at Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta. Ottawa shot a four-man score of 333, one shot better than Iola, which beat the Cyclones in the regional.

“It was pretty crazy,” Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said. “It was pretty cool. I thought we had a chance. I am so glad my guys got rewarded. We have had really good golf teams and golfers here. I am glad we got a team that put something together at the state tournament. We have always had teams and individuals good enough.”

Parker Olmsted paced the Cyclones with a 77. He tied for 14th and received an individual medal. Quentin Blaue tied for 26th with an 82.

Patrick Conroy and Andrew Soph shot an 87. Trey Rich and Isaac McCullough shot an 89.

“We did not have one kid shoot in the 90s,” McCullough said. “This is a solid team. They are able to compete. We don’t know who are our four-man scorers are going to be.”

The course played fair, which gave the good golfers a chance to rise above.

“If you kept it in play, it was fine,” McCullough said. “If you got in trouble, it was hard on you. They played like everybody else. The really good golfers played well on that course.

“Each kid had one or two holes that killed them. Patrick played the front really well. Parker was steady all day.”

Ottawa has a chance to go after a state title in 2015 with all six golfers eligible to return.

“I wanted them to get that taste and get hungry,” McCullough said. “We can do this.”

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