At the 2A State Golf Tournament, Rowland Hall won by a whopping 50 strokes.
Tom Veghte took home the third-place individual trophy and his final day score of 78 didn't even count toward the team's 297. Veghte had the fortune, or misfortune, depending on how you want to look at it, of carding a 78 on the first day also, under blustery conditions, when most others posted considerably higher scores. In other words, he was consistent.
Teammate Carson Huiscamp was also consistent posting identical 75s and claiming the individual title.
The Winged Lions' Quentin Morse posted the low round of the second day, a 71, and with his first round 81 he claimed second place overall. Eric Hutchinson posted a 162, good for fifth place, and Joey Polychronis finished eighth at 166. His 74 in the second round was only bested by his teammate Morse ... Any way you look at, total domination.
All are sophomores except Hutchinson, who is a junior. And this year's performance was not a surprise. Coach Shawn MaQueen, whose biggest job must be scheduling tee times for practice, said, "Last year, with these kids as freshmen, we took second at state."
MaQueen said he felt bad for Polychronis, who only finished eighth because of his first-round 92. "He has been our most consistent golfer all year," he said. "He has never been over 85."
None of the other 2A coaches are shedding any tears. The potential for next year is to sweep the top five places remembering that only the first four count. But MaQueen warns, "Potential doesn't always become realized."
Maybe so. But tryouts for next year's team don't look promising for any newcomers. MaQueen does realize he needs to keep his players on track. After posting a commanding 25-stroke lead after the first round, he challenged his players to break 300. They did.
"That 297 was a special moment," said MaQueen.Look for a few more special moments in the next two years.
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