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WHS golf: Koepsell, Boever lead Trojans boys to victory over Pipestone

WORTHINGTON -- Worthington's Zach Boever shot the best round of his season, with a 37 on Tuesday, in a golf meet against Pipestone Area , but he came one shot short of medalist honors behind teammate Ben Koepsell's 36. The Trojans boys defeated t...

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Worthington's Ben Koepsell lines up his shot during a meet with Pipestone Area on Tuesday at Worthington Country Club. (Tim Middagh / Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- Worthington’s Zach Boever shot the best round of his season, with a 37 on Tuesday, in a golf meet against Pipestone Area , but he came one shot short of medalist honors behind teammate Ben Koepsell’s 36. The Trojans boys defeated the Arrows 155-189 on Tuesday at Worthington Country Club, while the Trojans girls won 200-229.

“He had a putt on the last hole to tie me and I knew that was to tie, so he made me nervous,” Koepsell said. “It would have been nice to tie and be co-medalists and see him make that putt and shoot even.”

Boever said he knew right from the first hole that he was going to have a good day. He hit a shot just off the green and then sank his first putt for birdie.

“I just went off from there,” he said.

The senior’s best round of the season couldn’t have come at a better time, as it gives him something to build off of with the postseason right around the corner.

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“I think this is a big confidence builder today,” Boever said. “My past meets haven’t been as good. I’ve been shooting in the low-40s. So seeing a 37 today really builds the confidence going into postseason and hopefully I can build from there.”

Koepsell finished with the top score despite barely missing out on a pair of eagles on Holes 16 and 17.

“I had back-to-back eagle chips within three inches,” he said. And I just had tap in birdies to finish my round. So that helped a lot.”

He set up the eagle chip on 16 by just missing the green to the right and short. And then on 17, he he drove to 200 yards out -- which he says is his farthest ever -- and then put the next shot right next to the green to set up his second eagle opportunity.

“They both had a chance to go in,” he said. “It is still nice to have tap-in birdies though.”

Nathoe Vorasane, Jake Prunty and Nick Weg all carded 41s for the Trojans.

For Pipestone Area, Trey Pottratz and Garrett Niehus each scored 46, while Charlie Rops shot a 48 and Logan Stahl shot a 49.

On the girls side, Worthington freshman McKenna Prunty earned medalist honors for the first time in her career as she shot a 46. Anneke Weg came in second with a 49 for the Trojans, while Bailey Weg scored 51 and Maggie Putnam scored 54.

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Emma Budden and Allie Heim led the Arrows with 56 strokes each, while Paige Morgan shot a 58 and Lauren Lapthorn shot a 59.

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