Hiland head coach Austin Kaufman said that Hiland’s effort at the Pirate Open Saturday, August 6 at Willandale Golf Course wasn’t indicative of his team’s capabilities. On their home course, Hiland placed ninth with a 355, and saw some larger scores than they have been shooting this summer.
The Hawks took to the road Monday, August 8, joining the 20-team field at the Indian Valley Invitational at River greens Golf Course. This time, Hiland scored much better, producing a 321, which was good enough for third place behind champion Tusky Valley and runner-up River View.
The Hawks played with much more consistency than they had two days earlier at the Pirate Open on their home course at Willandale Golf Course in Sugarcreek.
Once again Tremper Coblentz paced Hiland by firing a 77, but this time he had company at the top in the way of Johnny Mullet, who recovered from an ugly round at the Garaway Open to match Coblentz’ 77.
Freshman Bruce Yoder continued to play solid in the early going, adding an 83, while junior Claye Hummel carded an 84. Freshman Dylan Kaufman shot an 87 to round out a very good performance for the Hawks.
Taking the top spot was the Trojans, who got a tremendous effort from the Thompson Twins. Michael Thompson fired a 74 while Landen Thompson carded a 75. Adding to the stellar Trojans effort was Brenton Franks, who pitched in with a 76. That trio of scores was enough to fend off runner-up River View, who came home at 317, six shots in back of Tusky Valley’s winning score of 311.
Dover shot a respectable 332, finishing ninth in the 20-team field, and Pirates Open champion Jack Jones led the way with a 78. New Philadelphia, which finished at 349, was led by Dakota Wright, who carved out a 79. Claymont’s Joe Cottis played well, producing a 77 on the day.