Hillsboro coach finds silver lining in sparse golf team

Staff writer

Although numbers for the Hillsboro golf team are down this year golf coach Scott O’Hare is looking forward to coaching the three golfers that will make up the team.

“It will be a little different for the players this year because there won’t be so much regard given to the team score,” O’Hare said. O’Hare said that senior Evan Ollenburger will likely be his top golfer because he has the most experience.

“Evan is a returning letterman that has consistently improved and played on varsity since he was a freshman,” he said. Last year, Ollenburger missed playing in the state tournament by one stroke.

“If we fix a few things Ollenburger could shoot in the mid-70s,” O’Hare said.

O’Hare plans to play junior Philip Ediger at different levels depending on the tournament.

“Philip started as a freshman and struggled his first year,” O’Hare said. “He was small as a freshman. As he has matured, he has gained greater control of his golf swing.”

Freshman Alex Dalke is the third golfer O’Hare will work with this year.

“He was part of our junior golf program, so he has had some exposure to golf prior to high school,” O’Hare said.

O’Hare is trying to recruit more players but has yet to get anyone to commit. “We had pretty solid golf teams from about 1998 to 2009, but numbers and experienced golfers have dropped off dramatically,” he said. O’Hare said an unseen benefit is the amount of time he will be able to spend with players. Hillsboro’s first action will be April 8 in Herington.

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