MONTGOMERY - The Washington Hatchets hosted the Washington Invitational on a beautiful Saturday for golf at Country Oaks.
Country Oaks is the site of the upcoming boys regional and the 15-team field featured many of the teams who will hope to be playing at regional. The course was set up at approximately 6,800 yards and had its equal share of challenging to moderately-challenging pin positions.
"This setup was very much like the course will be set up for regional. Many of the teams commented on how much they enjoyed the challenge and the overall course conditions," said Hatchet coach Bill Ricke.
Highly-regarded Jasper won the event with an outstanding score of 306 and also had the meet medalist in Will Seger who shot an even par 72. Vincennes was next with 318 followed by Heritage Hills with a score of 323. Linton was next with a 325 followed by Zionsville with a 330. Washington finished 6th with a score of 337. They were followed by, Mt Vernon (339), Southridge and Reitz (340), Princeton (348), Northview (351), North Knox (357), Evansville Central (360), West Washington (370) and Boonville (381).
Ricke was very pleased with his teamÕs finish, the best in several years.
"We played our best golf of the year today. We got a career-best effort from freshman Clay Hatton who led us with a round of 79. That is the lowest tournament round we have had from any individual in the last three years," said Ricke.
"Clay managed his way around the course beautifully today. He hit a lot of fairway and greens today and his short game was solid. His mental focus was extremely good today.
Sophomore Cam Lancaster also had a very good day firing a round of 81.
"Cam is continuing to play some very steady tournament golf for us. We look for both of these guys to perform at a high level the remainder of the season," he added.
Weston Wagler had a better tournament shoot ing an 87 and Devan Rude completed the team scoring with a round of 90.
"Weston has been trying to ingrain some new swing thoughts and they can take awhile to be tournament ready. Today he looked much closer to the Weston we have seen the last 3 years for us. Devan struck the ball pretty well today, but just could not get any putts to fall. He did not putt poorly, it was just a matter of the ball not going down for him.
Ty Stoll shot 96, but his score was not used.
"Ty had three or four bad holes today and that elevated his score. Overall, he struck the ball well. He is still learning the game and must understand how important it is to keep the mental focus on an even keel.
"Max Nickless and his staff had the course in outstanding condition for play. Some times the golf course it set up for the players to win and sometimes its set up for the course to win. Today the course was set up in a way that the players had to be "cautiously aggressive" in order to score well. That's the great thing about golf, you can make the same course play a variety of different ways. Today was "big boy golf" from the blue tees, playing the ball down."
"If you are a golf purist, you had to love the setup today. There was no place to coast out there today," said Ricke.
"Trey Miller and his staff also did a fine job of accommodating all 15 teams and their fans. We really appreciate the opportunity to have this tournament and work with quality people like Trey, Max and their staffs. They really put on a good show for everyone and things always run smoothly."
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Boys and girls entering grades three through eight this coming school year wishing to participate may register when the camp begins at 9 a.m. The camp continues each day until 10:30 a.m. through Thursday.
Each player should bring a racket (one can be provided), a towel and a water bottle.
The cost of the camp is $25 per person. Checks should be made to WHS Boys Tennis.
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