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Ediger places in top 20 golfers at Sterling

Trojans take 8th

Staff writer

Hillsboro High School golf team placed eighth out of nine teams, with 407 strokes Monday at Sterling.

Individually, Philip Ediger led the Trojans. He placed 20th out of 48 golfers with a score of 91.

“Philip is starting to dial in and get more comfortable and confident in his game,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “He’s very close to shooting in the eighties. I think that once he breaks that barrier, he will be in a great position to post some personal best scores in the second half of the season.”

He said Elias Werth, Elliot Ollenburger, and Colin Settle continue to improve.

“Although their 18-hole totals are not quite where we hoped to see them, I think their improvement is best shown when comparing front nine scores to the back nine scores at this tournament.”

At 102, Werth improved 10 strokes from front to back with a 56 and a 46, Ollenburger improved 7 strokes with a 56 and 49 to finish with a 105, and with a 109, Settle improved 5 strokes shooting a 57 and 52.

“Not that they improved their golf games dramatically during the tournament, but it shows what they are capable of,” O’Hare said. “It was also the first time any of them had played the course, which can inflate scores a bit.”

Alex Dalke also shot a 117.

Sacred Heart

The Trojans placed eighth of nine schools with 427 strokes Friday at a Sacred Heart tournament in Salina.

After shooting consistent 49s on his front and back nine, Ediger placed 29th out of 55 golfers with a 98.

“I was pleased with Philip rebounding from his first tournament,” coach Scott O’Hare said Friday. “He improved a few strokes and played back-to-back nine hole rounds in the 40s.”

O’Hare was also pleased with how Settle performed.

Settle came in 38th with a score of 103 after shooting a 53 on the front and a 50 on the back.

Although Settle’s score didn’t improve from his previous meet, O’Hare said the Sacred Heart course was a tougher one that Settle had never golfed on before.

“I believe both Colin and Philip are getting very close to breaking through with some much improved scoring rounds,” O’Hare said. “Once they find a little more consistency, eliminate those bad shots that are costing them multiple strokes to recover from, and gain a little confidence, I really believe they will both be shooting much lower numbers.”

Werth shot a 112, Ollenburger shot a 114, and Dalke shot a 118 for the Trojans.

“Really, all five of these guys continue to improve in certain areas,” O’Hare said. “Each one is getting to a place where they can play some very solid golf shots, and do some good work around the greens.  It’s just a matter of getting reps, feeling more comfortable, and getting consistency in all phases.” 

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