By Josh Brown
TROY — It’s been a while since the Troy boys golf team truly had an opportunity to show its home off.
Monday, that changes.
The Trojans will play host the the Troy Invitational at noon Monday at Troy Country Club — a tournament that used to be a yearly tradition but hasn’t been held in more than half a decade. And while it will be a good chance to check out some of Troy’s Greater Western Ohio Conference competition for the rest of the year, as well as some of the area’s other top teams, it will also provide a chance for all of those teams to check out Troy.
“We’re appreciative and thankful to have a chance to play our home matches at both Miami Shores and Troy Country Club. We’d been wanting to host the Invitational again, we had an open date at the Club and jumped on it,” Troy boys golf coach Mark Evilsizor said. “I think it’ll be a neat chance to show off Troy Country Club and the city itself.”
Evilsizor is entering his fourth season as the Trojan boys’ coach, and the Troy Invitational hasn’t been held in any of those years. According to the GWOC’s website, the Miami County Invitational was held in 2008.
“It’s been a long time,” Evilsizor said. The last one was held by coach Ty Mercer. They used to host it at Shores, too, but he held the last one at Troy Country Club, too. It’s definitely been a while.”
The Trojans are coming off of their first 18-hole invitational victory of the season after they won the Greenville Invitational Thursday. Sophomore Holden Scribner, who had a pair of runner-up finishes going into Greenville, won medalist honors, and Nate Uhlenbrock also turned in a top-five finish.
This year’s tournament will feature a number of the strongest teams in the Greater Western Ohio Conference. Centerville won the Preseason GWOC Tournament, while Butler — the Trojans’ primary American North Division rival — finished third, with Troy right behind in fourth. Fairmont, which was fifth overall in the Pre-GWOC, has also since added an 18-hole invitational victory to its resume, and other GWOC teams like Northmont, Greenville and new addition Tippecanoe will compete, as well.
The Invitational will have some extra Miami County flavor with Newton and Troy Christian joining the mix, as well as a couple of Tippecanoe’s former Central Buckeye Conference rivals in Bellefontaine and Springfield Shawnee. And a pair of Greater Catholic League schools in Chaminade Julienne and Carroll added even more depth to the 13-team field.
“I think it’s a good cross section of boys golf from all over our area,” Evilsizor said. “Centerville always brings a good team, Fairmont just won a tournament, Butler won the Urbana Invitational that we were at on Tuesday, and Bellefontaine beat us at Urbana, too. It’ll be an interesting tournament. We’re also going to use a six-man format — some invitationals go with five-man formats, but we wanted to use six, get more guys a chance to see the course.”
And that’s what Evilsizor and company’s primary goal was — putting on a tournament that gave as many people as possible a chance to have a fun day and enjoy their time in Troy.
“Everything just seemed to work out,” Evilsizor said. “We had the open date, I’d been working closely with Mark Robart, the golf pro at Troy Country Club, to get everything organized and we’ve got a good group of parents that have helped put everything together. And we sought out local businesses to sponsor each hole, too, get their names out there.
“This tournament is a chance to showcase the city of Troy itself, as well as the surrounding area. It’s going to be a fun day.”
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