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Cougars Take Hillsdale Invitational

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/14/2013

Mohican Hills Golf Course hosted the Hillsdale Invitational Wednesday afternoon, where 14 area schools competed for the title. But at the end of the day there was no competition, as Crestview ran away from the field with a 37-stroke victory over second place Dalton, 40-shots better than third place New London.

The defending state champions in division III welcome back each of their top four golfers for the 2013 campaign and they performed like champions at Wednesday's event. Crestview's Josh Brooks won the individual title, firing a 73 with 5 birdies on the difficult par 72 course. Teammate Ben Olewiler finished a stroke off the pace with a bogey on his final hole, but says finishing behind Brooks is nothing new.

"Josh usually beats me most of the time, but I'm getting there." Olewiler says. "It just gives me motivation to beat him next time."

The other top scorers for Crestview were Bryce Lutz who posted an 80 and Michael Staniford with an 89, giving the Cougars a solid team total of 316. The squad all agreed that scoring didn't come easy either, because of the extremely difficult greens. Another task that won't be easy for the Cougars to conquer will be defending their state title. The returning letterman say they're already feeling the pressure.

"There's definitely a lot of pressure." Lutz says. "I just feel like we have to go back to state and win it again."

"You get a target on your head." Says Brooks. "You know you have to play well or you're not living up to what you've already done."

"Having our top four golfers back, there's going to be expectations to perform." Olewiler says. "But to me you have to ignore all that and just play your game."

Crestview coach Bob Olewiler, who doubles as Ben's father off the course, says there's definitely pressure on his team but they're handling it well. In fact, coach says the team is far ahead of where they were at any point last year.

"The four returning from last years team worked hard during the summer." Says Olewiler. "They all are shooting better than they did at the end of last season."

The Cougars will get perhaps their biggest test of the season on Thursday when they participate in the Warrior/Jaguar Classic at North Star Resort, where the state tournament was held last year. Crestview is just one of three public schools in the event, which features 18 top teams, 14 of which qualified for state the last two seasons.

The Cougars have won two of three invitationals so far this season. They finished as runners-up to Lexington in the Colt Classic.

   
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