By Josh Brown
COLUMBUS — Troy Moore went into Friday looking to represent Troy High School.
After the way he performed, he has a chance to represent the whole state.
The Troy senior shot a 6-over-par 78 in the opening round at the Division I state boys golf tournament Friday on Ohio State University’s Scarlet course, putting him in a tie for 17th place individually with Saturday’s final round to go.
Moore shot 41-37, turning the corner in his own game after the turn on hole No. 9.
“He finished the round really well today,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “The key was that he didn’t have enough pars. He didn’t have any double bogies, which can blow your round up real fast, and he birdied three holes on the back nine.
“On the front nine, he didn’t play bad or anything. It was just tough getting up and down, and he was leaving himself a lot of eight-footers for par, which are tough to make on a consistent basis. But he birdied No. 10 — and was about two inches from an eagle on it — then had another tap-in for birdie on 14. And on 18, he bangs in a 25-footer for birdie, which he hadn’t made one of those putts all day. So it was an exciting way to finish.”
Moore is only the second Troy boys golfer to do so since the team qualified in 1998, and he’s the Trojans’ first state qualifier since Alex Garman in 2004. And his goal now is to climb the ranks and finish in the top 10 on Saturday.
“I he gets into the top 10, he earns All-Ohio honors, and that’s his goal,” Evilsizor said. “One guy shot a 70 and another shot a 71, and those are the two top scores right now. But there’s a lot of 76s and 77s in there, so he can do it. The conditions tomorrow should be good, the rain should hold off until later. Getting a birdie on 18 was big for him, and he’s excited going into tomorrow.
“Either way, I’m extremely proud of him. He represented Troy really well today.”
Central Crossing’s Caleb Davern leads individually with a 70, while St. Xavier leads in the team standings with a 303.
Play begins again at 9 a.m.
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