By Josh Brown
MIDDLETOWN — Holden Scribner left Weatherwax Golf Course not knowing if he’d won or not.
“He knew he had the lead in the afternoon when we left,” Troy boys golf coach Mark Evilsizor said. “Half the Division I teams played in the morning, and the other half began in the afternoon. We still had Cincinnati teams like St. Xavier, Moeller and Lakota East to go.”
After the day the Troy freshman had, though, the news the team got late Saturday night was only fitting.
Scribner had a pair of eagles during Saturday’s Hadley Fall Classic — a 23-team 18-hole tournament with district-level competition at the district tournament’s site — shooting a 1-under 71 and earning individual medalist honors and helping the Trojans finish tied for ninth as a team with a 323.
“Out of 23 other Division I schools, 112 other golfers … it’s a pretty cool accomplishment,” Evilsizor said. “It was pretty neat to see that come up on the results. We didn’t know if he’d won until everyone else was in. When I called him to let him know, he was really excited.”
There was plenty of excitement to go around on the course earlier in the day, too.
Scribner’s first eagle came on hole No. 5, and it was a moment Evilsizor was lucky enough to catch.
“It was on par 4 No. 5, and he was about 100 yards out on his second shot,” Evilsizor said. “It bounced one time, hit the stick and went right in.
“As a coach, you don’t get to see everything every golfer you’ve got on the course does. I just happened to be going by when he hit it, and of course I was freaking out, his dad was freaking out. Holden just lightly tossed his club in the air and celebrated. He was really excited.”
He wasn’t done, either.
“On hole No. 13, a par 5, he chipped it in from just off the green for another eagle,” Evilsizor said. “He said it was the first round he’d ever had with two eagles. A lot of golfers have never had one of those rounds — heck, I’m one of them.
“We’ve been waiting for this from Holden. He’s been our most consistent golfer all year with 39 after 39. Today, he put it all together. He hit off the tee well, he putted well — of course, he’d probably say he didn’t putt well just because he missed a couple of birdies. He didn’t cash in absolutely every opportunity he had. But he was 4-under after 11 holes. Normally, if you’re having a day like that, your mind starts racing. But he held it together. He bogeyed the final two holes, the two hardest on the course, or he would’ve broken 70.”
Troy Moore shot an 81, Nate Uhlenbrock shot an 84 and Austin Rank shot an 87 to cap off Troy’s scoring, and Ryan McClurg added a 101.
Troy finished tied with Elder’s B squad for ninth on the day. LaSalle won the tournament with a 304, St. Xavier was second with a 306 and Butler was third with a 311.
Springboro’s Josh Gilkison was the individual runner-up with a 72, St. Xavier’s Parker Getgey shot 73, Butler’s Austin Greaser shot 74 and four golfers were tied with 75.
Troy travels to Sidney Monday.
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