By Adam Baum, Cincinnati Enquirer / Photo by Dave Soult
GREEN TWP. - It wasn't the storybook ending every golf player dreams of. Especially for a pair of squads both neck deep in seniors, Oak Hills would have liked either one of its golf teams to advance together out of the sectional tournament and through to districts, but that didn't happen.
The boys and girls both came up short collectively, but individually they were both represented at districts - the toughest tournament field in the city for high schoolers. Three seniors - Karly Egbers, Bryce Sauer and Ethan McCarthy - carried the Highlanders' torch to districts.
It was the first trip to districts for Sauer and McCarthy. For Egbers, it was her fourth straight trip, but her first as an individual and she needed to shoot 83, the fifth-lowest round at her sectional, to make it back to districts.
The guys actually had the two lowest scores at sectionals from individual qualifiers. McCarthy, who took third place at the Greater Miami Conference tournament, shot 75, tied for the third-lowest sectional round overall, and Sauer fired 77, good enough for sixth place.
"They (all) deserve the recognition," Oak Hills boys coach Dave Soult said of the trio. "Honestly, the way our season was I thought we'd get to districts as a team.
"We were senior-loaded. At the end of the year we finished with four seniors and a freshman in our lineup. The way the season played out wasn't exactly as I thought. We missed districts as a team by two strokes."
Ahead of districts, Soult said he would tell Sauer and McCarthy, "Go have fun. This could be the last tournament you ever play. Go for broke. I just want them to have fun. If you don't make it it's still a great way to finish your senior year and career." The boys didn't have it at districts, against a tough field they both shot in the 80s.
Egbers, who plans to continue her golf career in college, finished her high school career with a round of 86 at districts on Oct. 12.
"As a team this year, we weren't the best, but still it's really cool to make it and be one of the top-4 at the sectional you're in," said Egbers. "It was pretty exciting and I was hoping to move on to state but it didn't work out the way I planned. I still had a really good year."
A co-captain last season and a captain this season, Egbers said she's learned to ride the "mental roller coaster" that is golf and become a leader at the same time.
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