COLUMBUS — Wayne senior Bryce Haney shot a two-day total of 161 at the 2015 Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Division I State Golf Championship on Friday and Saturday at the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University for the seventh best score of the 12 individuals who qualified for state and the 27th best overall score out of the 72 golfers that competed either as a team or individually.
“It was a huge accomplishment, especially considering that he just started playing golf in July 2013, so for him to make it all the way to state, I would say there’s like 272 teams that start the year and about 1300 kids in Division I golf to start the season and he was one of the final 72…,” said Wayne Coach Jon Soukup. “If you want to break it down, he was the 27th best golfer in Division I out of 1300 kids this year. I’d say the numbers speak for themselves.”
Soukup said the results show how hard Haney has worked and how much time he has put into the sport
“Even though he might be a little disappointed in his final score, it’s still a great accomplishment,” said Soukup. “He played good…It was a good experience for him. That was his goal at the beginning of the season — just to make it to state.”
On Friday, Haney played the back nine first and had a 38 on that portion followed by a 40 on the front nine.
Soukup said the conditions on Saturday were pretty tough with 20 to 30 m.p.h. winds and that there were some holes that if you were hitting into the wind, they were playing 70 to 100 yards longer than on Friday. On Saturday, he shot a 42 on the back and a 41 on the front.
Soukup said the main area Haney needs to improve on is hitting out of sand bunkers.
Soukup said that Haney could have shot lower on both days, “but I’m not one disappointed at how he played one bit; I don’t think he is either.”
Soukup said he was grateful to have support from the community with administrators and faculty in attendance and current students and present and past Wayne golfers.
“It was great to see all of the community that was able to come out and cheer on Bryce over the two days,” said Soukup. “It really was a good time and I believe he represented the school and community and his family very well. I’m very proud of him.”
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