SUNBURY — The Centerburg golf team put itself in good position after a windy day one of the Division III State Golf Tournament.
The Trojans shot 338 as a team, good enough for sixth after the first 18 holes at North Star Golf Course in Sunbury.
“Overall, we’re OK. I’m pleased with the scores even though some of them could have been a little better,” said Centerburg coach Nathan Altizer. “It was tough scoring conditions out there.
“The wind came up and made it a challenge, especially on the front nine (which Centerburg played second). The first five holes are dead into the wind. It’s tough with the club selection. Add in the greens were quick and the wind made every shot that much harder.”
Gilmour Academy leads the tournament with a 316. Ottawa Hills is second at 324, followed by Fairfield Christian Academy (332), Garaway (335), Wellington (337) and the Trojans.
The Trojans got a big day from their No. 1 golfer, Garrison Myles. The senior fired a 39 on his first nine (the back side), then followed that up with a 2-under par 34 on the front. That 1-over-par 73, which included an eagle 3 on the par 5 seventh hole, put him in second individually after one round. Myles hit driver, then wedge to about four feet on the seventh, then made the putt.
“The wind was tough. I was just trying to keep it out of the wind and not let any shots get away from me,” Myles said. “The front nine was almost like a links course. (On No. 7) I just tried to hit a draw around the corner and then hit a pitching wedge in there close. That really pumped me up.”
Alex Andrews of Gilmour is the top individual at the moment after firing an even-par 72. Ryan Troyer of Garaway is tied with Myles at 73.
Myles had a bit of a home field advantage as he worked at North Star this summer. That helped him a bit in knowing where to hit the ball, but it was still tough to do considering the wind.
“I work out here so I’ve played the course a couple of times. It helped me know my way around the course, especially the greens. Knowing what to do there was a big advantage around the greens. They were real slippery. On downwind putts, you just tap it and hope it goes in. You couldn’t really be aggressive with your putts. I just tried to focus on my line.”
Troy Lemke and Nich Pitzer were next for the Trojans, both carding 87s. Cole Metcalf added a 91 and Austin Garber a 92.