Golf: Rochelle wins Interstate Eight debut against Plano

The Rochelle varsity golf team defeated Plano on Friday to win its first-ever Interstate Eight Conference match. The Hubs then finished 10th in the Geneseo Invitational on Saturday. Above are varsity players Shepard Hayes, Megan Thiravong, Reese Kirk and Griffin Ohlinger (left to right) at Geneseo. (Courtesy photo)

Thiravong leads Hubs to 10th place at Geneseo Invitational

PLANO — Head coach Glen Mehrings knows the Rochelle golf team will need to card lower scores as the 2019 season progresses. The Hubs are showing promise, however, after winning their Interstate Eight Conference debut against Plano and starting 3-1 over their first four meets.

Rochelle outpaced the Reapers at Cedardell Golf Club on Friday, topping Plano 197-210 behind junior Megan Thiravong, who led the Hubs with a 4-over-par 39. Freshman Griffin Ohlinger carded 50 and junior Reese Kirk added 51 for Rochelle.

“We talked before the Plano match about how we needed to break 200 again,” Mehrings said. “We know we’ll need to play better if we hope to beat some of the better teams on our schedule… Megan has struck the ball consistently and Reese has struck the ball well also… Griffin has a strong mental attitude and he’s a very positive player who wants to play well. He’s a student of the game and he’ll definitely come around as the season rolls around.”

Geneseo

Rochelle returned to the tees on Saturday, when the Hubs placed 10th out of 11 schools in the Geneseo Invitational with a team score of 401. Thiravong took 11th on the individual scoreboard with an 18-hole score of 81 while Kirk and sophomore Shepard Hayes each added 106. Sophomore Brett Ferguson carded 108 to round out the top four Rochelle scores. Alleman won the tournament with 317 while Naperville Central placed second with 324.

“Megan lost a few putts during her round at Geneseo and she knows she can be better there,” Mehrings said. “She’s definitely getting better at avoiding double and triple-bogeys and she’s giving herself more chances for birdies… Reese needs to keep his wayward shots under control and avoid following up one mistake with another mistake.”

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