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Scotus, Lakeview golf at Pius X Invite

April 3, 2019

City teams Scotus Central Catholic and Lakeview boys golf were both in action on Monday at Firethorn Golf Course in Lincoln as part of the Pius X Invite.

Scotus, in its first tournament and first competitive rounds of the season, was fifth overall with a final team score of 349 strokes. Lakeview was 16th on a total of 437.

Shamrock senior Bryce VunCannon was the highest local finisher shooting an 83, tying with three others for that score, and accepting 10th place on tiebreaker criteria.

The Vikings were led by Landon Bignell carding a 93.

“I thought as a whole, for our first time out, we did a very good job as a team,” Scotus coach Tyler Swanson said. “Playing Firethorn is always an exciting thing for our kids, but its also one of our biggest challenges of the season.

“You have to be very accurate off the tee box, and if you aren’t, there can be a lot of trouble out there. We did not have many blowup holes today, and each kid did a great job of navigating the course so they could score for most of the day.”

Other Scotus scores included Sam Blaser with an 87, Seth VunCannon shooting an 88, Drew VunCannon carding a 91 and Cameron Johnston putting together a 103.

Lakeview scores included Carsten Loeske with a 109, Logan Jaixen shooting 116, Mason Hinze 119 and Jaden Johnson 120.

Elkhorn South won the meet with a team total of 329 edging out the Pius X Gold squad by six shots. York was in third with a 342 followed by Norris with a 345.

“I think the guys really battled well. Conditions weren’t great. It was windy, it was cold and we haven’t been able to prepare on challenging courses like we have in the past,” Lakeview coach Alex Heard said. “Usually we get a few rounds in on Quail Run before a round on Firethorn, and that’s kind of out of the question for us now.

“We’ve been playing Van Berg, but it’s not quite the test Quail is. I think we were just a little, I wouldn’t say nervous, because the guys were relaxed because they knew it was a test, but I do think from the start they were taken aback with how challenging it was.”

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com