Golf team places third at West Carrollton Pirate Invitational

BEAVERCREEK — On Monday, the Wayne golf team traveled to Beavercreek Golf Club and placed third in the West Carrollton Pirate Invitational with a 323 behind Springboro (294) and Beavercreek (299).

Bryce Haney paced Wayne with a 75 while James Harness had a 78.

‘The two of them are finally starting to click,” said Wayne Coach Jon Soukup who indicated the two had recently been struggling. “We spent the entire weekend planning and practicing. Their effort showed today.”

Haney shot his last 16 holes at one-over.

“He’s hitting the ball a lot better,” said Soukup. “We’ve been working on his putting stroke. When Bryce and James play well, the rest of the team is going to do well. They’re the anchors of the team.”

Zach Johnson shot an 82 and was up with Haney and Harness until the last couple of holes. He finished up five-over on his last three holes.

“The three of those guys, I’m counting on them a lot,” said Soukup. “They’re going to be the reason why we advance, if we can, in the next two weeks.”

A.J. Henry shot an 88. Riley Brown and Hunter Vaughn rounded out the Wayne scoring with a 94 and 103, respectively.

On Thursday, Sept 17, Wayne travelled to Yankee Trace Golf Club where they fell 154-165. Soukup said that Wayne played pretty evenly with Centerville for the first six holes before the hosts pulled away.

Haney and Harness led the squad with a 40 while Johnson had a 41. Brown contributed a 44 while Henry shot a 47.

“Down the stretch, we made a few mistakes that we couldn’t recover from and we ended up getting beat,” said Soukup. “In my opinion, it was our best night of the year…, considering the location of the golf course and the difficulty of the golf course and the circumstances that we were in…They’re just a better team than we are. One through six, they have a little bit more depth than we do and it paid off.”

Wayne will compete in the GWOC Post Season Tournament at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday at Beechwood Golf Course. They will travel to Springboro at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28 in preparation for the sectional tournament.