OREGON — The Rochelle Hubs are playing their best golf of the season, and their efforts resulted in a dominant sweep of their three-team matchup with the Oregon Hawks and the North Boone Vikings at Silver Ridge Golf Course on Wednesday.
Narrow fairways and slow greens presented challenges for the players, but the Hubs had minimal trouble throughout the round, scoring a season-low 169 and blowing away their nonconference foes. Oregon placed second with 205, while North Boone finished third with 219.
“The greens were receptive to a lot of the shots coming in and they weren’t overly fast,” head coach Glen Mehrings said. “Our kids didn’t need to transition too much from the types of greens we see at home. The greens were smaller and flatter, and our kids handled them well today.”
Senior Megan Thiravong led Rochelle with 41, while sophomore Griffin Ohlinger and senior Dominic Williams each carded 42. Senior Reese Kirk added 44 to round out the top four varsity players for the Hubs (5-2, 1-2 Interstate 8), who have won three straight matches. It’s also the second straight meet in which Rochelle has had four golfers card scores in the 40s.
“Dominic’s a great ball striker,” Mehrings said. “He has a really strong release through the ball and he can drive the ball over 300 yards. He only had one wayward drive today, and driving the ball long and straight really put him in a position to succeed, especially on a shorter course… Griffin’s all-around skills have improved so much. His mishits are tighter and he’s working through his putting, but he’s taking his time before shots and his ball striking has been solid. He’s giving himself a lot more chances for birdies and pars as opposed to big numbers.”
Wednesday’s round continued a strong trend in the right direction for the Hubs, who recently recorded 171 in a home victory against Plano this past week. Rochelle will look to keep posting quality scores this weekend, when the Hubs compete in the Rocket Invitational at Rock Falls.
“After shooting in the 170s last week, I knew we could get into the 160s this week,” Mehrings said. “We had a few hiccups out there, but our kids were really solid and our top four players have really carried us so far. It’s nice to see our kids collectively improve as a group.”