The Van-Far golf team was able to battle some fellow district programs in a Quad Meet at Paris recently and the Indians have a better idea of how they stack up against some other district competition.
The Indians dominated with a team score of 177, 62 strokes better that second place Paris. Glasgow was third with 244.
“The boys really played great today,” said Van-Far head coach Alex Cucciarre. “Lots of low scores and good camaraderie as a team, which is exactly what I’m looking for in the guys. Shooting so low so early is a great sign of how we can play and place later in the season.”
Individually, Van-Far had four of its five golfers finish in the top five.
Freshman Rylee Hanson medaled after shooting a 39 to take first place in the nine-hole competition.
Brayden Christian placed second with a 41, Jayson Orr was fourth with a 48, and Ethan Winders shot a 49 to finish fifth.
Zane Allen (60), Trevor Lower (62), and Matt Dunn (67) each shot personal best scores as well.
“Looking at the scores, you can see we have a stellar group on the team,” Cucciarre said. “It’s so exciting to watch them play and be there to support them. Rylee had an outstanding round; leading the group as a freshman in scores is a tough thing to do. He’s going to be very successful. Everyone played really well, but my highlight must be Ethan sinking a 100-yard chip for an Eagle. It was incredible to witness his very first Eagle. Overall, it was such an awesome meet, I’m so happy with how everyone played.”
Van-Far’s young squad placed third out of 10 teams in the Palmyra JV Tournament after shooting a 416 in the 18-hole event.
Orr was the medalist for the match as he took first place with an 84. He shot a 41 on the front nine and a 43 on the back nine.
Winders took ninth place with a 101, Allen added a 112 for 26th, Lower had a 119 for 29th, and Dunn shot a 130 for 39th. The match featured mostly Class 2 programs along with Class 1 schools like South Shelby, Schuyler County, and Community R-VI.
“Jayson played well today, I’m pretty pleased with the results of our team,” Cucciarre said. “It was also a great day to get some more inexperienced golfers a full 18-hole tournament.”