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Local high schools half-way through state golf tournament

May 24, 2018 GMT

The first day of state golf is in the books, and both the Lakeview and Scotus players have put in a full 18 holes. After one day in the book both teams have struggled to climb the team leaderboard with Lakeview sitting in 12th place, and Scotus tied for ninth, but with 18 holes left the tournament is far from over.

Despite the rough start, Lakeview Head Coach Sandy Harrison is focusing on the positives and believes her team can play much better tomorrow.

“I think we need to spend more time thinking on the positive than the negative,” Harrison said. “I think we will comeback tomorrow and play much better than we did today.”

Senior Elijah Mohlman of Lakeview gave a description of the course conditions after finishing the first 18 holes.

“The greens are pretty quick,” Mohlman said. “The rough was really thick, other than that pretty nice out. The fairways are good.”

Despite the lack on team success junior Bryce VunCannon from Scotus is near the top of the leaderboard after he shot a 76 in round one which is four over par. He is tied for third halfway through the competition. He mentioned that he was able to capitalize early in the competition before the wind picked up.

“Early on it was relatively easy,” VunCannon said. “Then it got windier as the day went on. (I) capitalized on some of the earlier holes, and started to fade a little bit as it went on. I think it was a pretty good day.”

VunCannon hopes to be close to be close to par tomorrow which only one athlete (Caleb Badura of Aurora) was able to achieve on day one.

“I want to be around even,” VunCannon said. “To get there I have to put some range work in right now, and just mentally focus, and just prepare myself for tomorrow the best I can.”

Scotus Head Coach Tyler Swanson is hoping his team competes a little better tomorrow.

“Team wise I hope we compete better,” Swanson said. “Our goal was to shoot around 85, and besides Bryce (VunCannon) and Colson (Kosch) we didn’t hit that mark, so we need two of our other 3 guys to shoot closer around there.”

Swason believes that if his team does that they could possibly reach into the top six as a team.

Other individual results are as follow: T33 Colson Kosch Scotus shot 85, 44 Carter Luedtke Lakeview shot 87, T45 Ethan Paben Lakeview shot 88, T63 Elijah Mohlman Lakeview shot 96, T65 Sam Blaser Scotus shot 97, T67 Cameron Johnston Scotus shot 100, T67 Jared Engel Lakeview shot 100, T71 Drew VunCannon Scotus shot 102, T73 Landon Bignell shot 103.

The competition will resume tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at Quail Run Golf Course.

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter at the Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at peter.huguenin@lee.net