MIAMISBURG — On Tuesday, the Wayne boys golf team placed second out of 21 teams at the Miamisburg Invitational at Pipestone Golf Course with a 313, three strokes behind champion Eaton.
“Overall, the kids played really well,” said Wayne Coach Jon Soukup. “I was real happy to see the low scores. That was what I was expecting from them for this year. It was a good test for us to get ready to go to Thursday (Elk Invitational).
The highlight of the day was a hole-in-one by senior Zach Johnson and also a career low round of 77.
Senior Bryce Haney paced the team with a 75. James Harness shot a 78 while A.J. Henry had an 83, both their low scores of the year.
Soukup said the course was a little shorter, but the competition was good.
On Thursday, Wayne competed in the Elk Invitational, hosted by Centerville at Yankee Trace. Soukup said that 10 of the 15 schools were probably among the best teams in the state including teams from Columbus and Findlay as well as Wheeling, W. Va.
“They are some of the best players around,” said Soukup. “I scheduled it to give the kids some experience playing tougher schools, playing tougher competition, playing harder golf courses.”
The Warriors shot a 331 team score, which Soukup said he was happy with. He said this placed Wayne 14th out of 15 schools, but noted that score in the Greater Western Ohio Conference would have been good for sixth place. He indicated there were six schools that shot under 300 with Dublin Jerome winning the tournament, shooting 287, one-under-par.
“I’m not concerned by the finish of the team as I am with how well we played,” said Soukup.
Haney led the squad with a 73 to place eighth overall.
“In a field that strong, it’s a very good score,” said Soukup.
According to Soukup, Harness “struggled a little bit on a par 5” to shoot an 83.
“He could have easily been 77 or 78 if he just didn’t hit the ball out of bounce,” said Soukup. “He had two bad holes that cost him seven strokes.”
Johnson shot an 84 while Henry had a 91. Riley Brown contributed a 106.
Wayne is slated to travel to Butler at 2 p.m. Monday and to host Beavercreek at 4 p.m. on Wednesday and to compete in the Arrow Invitational at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22.
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