LASALLE — Less than 24 hours after shooting an even-par 36 with three birdies in a home match against the Sandwich Indians, Rochelle’s Griffin Ohlinger one-upped himself with three birdies and his first-ever eagle during LaSalle-Peru’s Cavalier Invitational at Senica’s Oak Ridge.
A 310-yard drive off the tee box left Ohlinger in prime position to reach the green in two shots. Ohlinger pulled the 7-iron from his bag, launching the ball roughly 170 yards on his second shot and placing the ball nearly 12 feet from the flag.
Calm and confident after carding a birdie on the previous hole, Ohlinger stepped up to the ball with his putter in hand, stroking the ball into the hole for the first eagle of his career. The rare scoring feat helped elevate Ohlinger to a third-place medal finish and Rochelle’s top score in the 18-hole tournament with a 3-over-par 75.
“I crushed my drive right down the fairway and hit a nice 7-iron onto the green,” Ohlinger said. “We had three meets this week and I thought I played better with each meet. It felt great to be out there again, especially since I didn’t play much over the summer… I know I have to step up this year and I want to be there for my teammates. I want them to know what I think when they hit their shots and I want to help them with their swings.”
Twelve teams competed in the Cavalier Invitational on Thursday, with Rochelle scoring 397 to finish in 12th place. Junior Damen Harrington recorded 101 for the Hubs, while junior Wade Smith and senior Rowan Williams rounded out the varsity lineup with 104 and 117.