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Boever, Putnam are medalists as Trojans sweep golf dual

WORTHINGTON -- Lucas Boever wasn’t pleased with the score in his first golf meet this year.

So he did something about it.

Boever, a senior on Worthington’s boys golf team, spent his weekend at the course in an effort to improve on his opening-day 49.

“I played over the weekend, probably 20-some holes,” Boever said. “That helped a lot, getting out and playing.”

Boever shot 11 strokes better in Monday’s meet against Hull Western Christian.

Aided by an eagle on No. 6, Boever finished with a medalist round of 38 to lead the Trojans to a 171-190 victory.

“I was like four over going into six and then I had an eagle on that hole. I went driver, 7-iron and my divot was like this far from the hole,” he said as he put his hand a few inches apart. “I had a four- or five-foot putt to eagle it, so that helped me a lot. Otherwise, my irons were on pretty good, and I had some good shots on my drives.”

Boever wasn’t the only Trojan to improve from last week’s meet. Teammate Nick Weg also dropped a handful of shots and carded a 39.

“I think I just hit the ball better in general,” Weg said. “I made a few putts, but I missed a few. I missed a birdie putt on six, a four-footer that went around the cup. I missed a putt on nine. I was just burning edges today. I could have shot way lower, but the ball didn’t want to go in the hole. It feels good when you hit the ball good, though.”

Like Boever, Weg spent time at the course between meets.

“(Sunday) I played and I shot par, so I knew I had it in me,” Weg said. “It just takes time to get back in the groove.”

On the girls side, the Trojans continued their hot start. Led by Maggie Putnam, WHS defeated Western Christian 203-222.

“That’s the goal, to get to 200 or below my midseason and toward the end we want to be consistently below 200,” WHS head girls coach Paul Barduson said. “I saw some good things out there today. Now that we’ve played a few meets, it’s nice to see some drives in the fairway and some smart shots, using course management. Overall, everybody had a better day.”

Putnam won her second medalist of the season with a 45.

“I feel like just having good drives this year helps a lot. I thought I definitely wouldn’t be doing this well at the beginning of the season,” Putnam said. “I think there’s definitely room for improvement. I would like to be more consistent.”

Bailey Weg and Syria Freimuth each had a 50 and Kendall Nixon and Lilly Mahlberg each scored a 58.

“My driver was surprisingly good as were my chips and my putts,” Freimuth said. “I usually only had one putt or two. Otherwise, the people I played with were fun.”

Freimuth, an eighth-grader, was happy with her score, but didn’t have time to dwell on her round -- she was heading to the range to hit more balls.

“My driver is something I need to work on, and my putting. Those are shots that I can do to improve and get a better score,” she said. “I’m going to practice more, I want to be able to get to the 40s this year.”

Preston Thavixay and Logan Powers each had a 48 for the WHS boys.

“Those kids are dedicated,” WHS head boys coach John Koller said. “They want to do well, and a lot of kids spent a lot of time here this weekend working on their games. That’s a huge thing. As a coach, you can only do so much, they have to get reps and they have to work at it. It was a great team win. We played more like the way we want to play out here on our home course.”

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