Vikings win opener, Hinze surprises
Lakeview boys golf started the season off strong, defeating Schuyler 202-214 on Tuesday at Vanberg Golf Course.
Being the first dual of the season, many of the players were still shaking off the rust according to first-year head coach Alex Heard.
“It was rough,’” he said. “We haven’t got to practice outside that much. We’ve dealt with a little bit of first-meet jitters. We were able to bounce back and get a win and kind of just scramble for a W (on Tuesday). At the end of the day, it was great. We ended up with the win.”
Junior Landon Bignell is the only returning member of last year’s state-qualifying team for the Vikings. He shot a 50, second best for the Vikings on the day.
“He looked really strong throughout practice,” Heard said. “He’s kind of taken on a leadership role for us which has been huge for me being a first-year golf coach. He’s been a really big help as far as the leadership he’s shown.”
Bignell struggled off of the tee yesterday according to Heard but they discovered in practice on Wednesday that Bignell had his driver set heavily to draw - a problem that has since been corrected.
“He still scrambled and scored for us,” Heard said. “He did a good job yesterday of battling through some things that weren’t going his way and scrambling to score decently.”
The low varsity scored for the Vikings came from sophomore Logan Jaixen. He shot a 48 over nine holes.
After shooting a round of golf with Jaixen before the meet, Heard said the low score didn’t come as a surprise.
“Logan is one that’s really been coming on strong,” Heard said. “He’s a kid that if he can get things going, he can really score low for us. I think yesterday was a sign of good things to come for him. I think he’s going to have a really strong sophomore season. That’s a score that we’re going to expect out of him, and I think he’ll be just fine living up to those expectations.”
The lowest score of the day came from an unlikely source. Sophomore Mason Hinze who played on junior varsity for the first meet shot a 44, beating out all varsity and junior varsity competitors.
“Mason is one that’s really long off the tee and he can drive the ball with best of them,” Heard said. “If he can get his putter going and he can balance the wedges he’s going to score well, just because of that length that he has off the tee. (Tuesday) he was able to put together a solid round.”
Hinze’s performance in the Schuyler dual, as well as his performance in practice, has earned him a spot on the varsity roster for the Lincoln Pius X Invite at Firethorn on Monday.
Bignell holds onto the first spot on varsity and will be followed by Casten Loseke who shot a 51 on Tuesday. Third on the roster is Jaixen, fourth is Hinze and rounding out the top five is Jaden Johnson who shot a 53 against Schuyler.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com