Hawks go low thrice while Kaufman is medalist twice

Hawks go low thrice while Kaufman is medalist twice
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Hiland senior Dylan Kaufman, shown here chatting at state last year with head coach Austin Kaufman, led Hiland to a pair of fantastic early-season scores. Included in that was his 74, which earned him medalist honors at the 2019 Mazda of Wooster Invitational.

                        

The Hiland Hawks’ veteran golf team has come storming out of the gate in the 2019 season, leaving little to the imagination for those wondering how hungry this team was going to be after last year’s fourth-place finish in the Div. III state golf tournament.

The first performance came at the rugged Jackson Invite at Shady Hollow Country Club, where the Hawks fired off a blistering 304. However, in a field filled with plenty of Div. I powerhouses, that was good enough to just tie Jackson for fourth place, Akron Hoban carding a winning score of 288 and Cleveland St. Ignatius right behind at 290. St. Xavier was third at 300.

There were some talented teams and strong scores lurking, Lake pulling in sixth with a 317 and the next team being Pickerington North’s 319. Garaway pulled in eighth with a solid 321.

The Hawks were led by Dylan Kaufman’s fine score of 73 while Brookston Hummel carded a 76, Carter Mishler fired a 77 and Bruce Yoder added a 78. Garaway was paced by Zehnder Gibson’s solid score of 77 while Ethan Miller added an 80 and Rendall Weaver shot an 82, as did Charles Beachy.

Two days later the Hawks traveled north to compete at the 2019 Mazda of Wooster Invitational, where Hiland nearly shot an identical score. The Hawks posted a 304, a score that would this time be enough to earn them a championship. The victory marks the second straight Mazda Wooster Invitational title for Hiland.

Capturing medalist honors for the tournament was Kaufman, who fired off a 74. That number was matched by Wooster’s Mason Frazier, and the two of them headed out for a sudden-victory play-off, which was captured by Kaufman.

Hiland again showed great team consistency with both Mishler and Kenny Weaver right behind Kaufman with matching 75s. Hummel added a 78, and Yoder scored an 81.

Wooster finished runner-up with a 335, Chippewa placed third at 337 and Triway was fourth at 347, led by Colton Snyder’s 85.

Then on Wednesday, Aug. 7, the Hawks added to their fantastic start to the season, going sub-300 by firing off a 296 to win the TCC Invite at Union Country Club in Dover. Once again it would be Kaufman leading the team with a 71, a score that was good enough to earn him medalist honors. As was the case in Wooster, he was being closely chased by a teammate. This time it was Yoder, who fashioned an even-par 72. Mishler was nipping at their heels with a 73 while Hummel carded an 80 and Weaver shot an 82.

That score was easily enough to fend off runner-up Notre Dame’s quality effort of 304.

If the early results are any indication, this Hawks team appears bent on not only making it back to state, but also inching up a few spots in the final results.


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