By Josh Brown
BEAVERCREEK — The Troy boys golf team finished 10th at the Division I district tournament Thursday, held at Beavercreek Golf Club, while sophomore Holden Scribner was 10th individually and missed the cutoff to go to state by two strokes.
“Holden, obviously he’s disappointed,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “But as his coach and his teammates, we’re definitely not disappointed in him. He’s been out low man all year as a sophomore, and that’s a lot of pressure. We thought going in that a 75 would get him there, but he was three over going into hole No. 16 — but he also chipped in for eagle on No. 2.
“He only missed by two strokes. It just wasn’t meant to be today. Maybe it’s like Troy Moore, who it took four years to get there. Still, Holden had a tremendous year. Nothing to hang his head about. We were really happy with how he did.”
Scribner shot a 77 to lead the Trojans, who shot 341 as a team. Junior Nate Uhlenbrock followed with an 81, senior Keaton Pfeiffer shot 85, senior Ryan McClurg shot 98 and senior Austin Rank shot 100.
“Nate had another solid round,” Evilsizor said. “Overall, he’s been really consistent all year. He’s only a junior, so we have our two best golfers coming back next year, and they’ll play a huge leadership role. We’re excited for that.
“Keaton played well today. He just couldn’t string many low scores together, but he hung in there. And Ryan and Austin, they probably didn’t finish the way they would’ve liked, but they played well all year.”
Tippecanoe senior Bradley Calhoun, an individual district qualifier, shot 84 and was tied for 42nd individually.
Centerville won the tournament with a 303, with St. Xavier (second, 305) and Lakota East (third, 309) also advancing to state. Butler’s Zach Crawford was the final one of three individual qualifiers to state with a 75, tied for sixth overall.
“Overall, I was pleased with how we did,” Evilsizor said. “Our district has the state champion just about every year. We saw the best today, and we carried ourselves well. We should be proud.”
MASON — Six of Miami County’s best senior tennis players saw their careers come to an end at the Division I and II district tournaments on a rainy day at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, as all the of Troy’s qualifiers, as well as the doubles teams from Tippecanoe and Milton-Union, were knocked out after a delayed first round.
In D-I, Troy senior Hannah Essick entered the district tournament having won her third sectional championship total and first as a singles player. She took on a No. 4 seed from the Mason sectional, Walnut Hills’ Lily O’Toole, and lost in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.
The Trojan all-senior sectional champion doubles team of Maggie Hennessy and Ashley Bruns also drew a No. 4 seed from the Mason sectional, Sycamore’s Harsitha Kalaiarasan and Beverly Liu, falling in a tough first set 7-5 and then losing 6-0 in the second.
And Troy’s all-sophomore doubles team of Katie Sherrick and Hailey Taylor, which entered as a No. 3 seed, faced a No. 2 from the Mason sectional in Sneha Kandi and Nicole Reid, falling 6-2, 6-0.
In D-II, Milton-Union’s double team of senior Ashley Wombold and junior Abby Hissong, which entered as a No. 3 seed from the sectional tournament, lost 6-1, 6-0 to Seven Hills’ Alana and Lauren Saggar.
Tippecanoe seniors Alyssa Stewart and Ladia Coning, a No. 4 seed from the sectional, lost 6-0, 6-4 to Chaminade Julienne’s Alexis Robinson and Olivia Boch.
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