Aviators second at Troy Invite


TROY — After it was rained out last year, only one thing kept the Troy Invitational from being perfect for the host Trojans.

“I am pleased with where we are … I think it just comes down to we don’t like losing to Butler,” Troy boys golf coach Mark Evilsizor said. “That’s what it comes down to, to be honest with you.”

Centerville, which won the Preseason GWOC Tournament, had an overall steady round, with its highest score being an 80 as it shot an astounding 298. And Butler’s No. 1 golfer, Austin Greaser, finished as individual medalist on the day with a 66, making most of the difference between the Aviators and Trojans.

“Centerville is just a different level,” Evilsizor said. “That’s a team that should make it to state once again, I don’t see how they wouldn’t. I mean, holy smokes. And Butler’s one of those deals where anytime we play them, it’s going to be close. Their No. 1 went off today, he was medalist. Austin Greaser can really play — and he also had a double eagle on No. 15, a Par 5, put it in in two, so that obviously helps your score when you go minus-3 on one hole.”

Greaser’s day included five birdies and the two on the par five 15th, known in golf terms as an albatross. Greaser put the ball in from about 194 yards out with a seven iron.

The Aviators remained on Evilsizor’s mind.

“Again, that’s a team that I think it’s going to be neck-and-neck with them all year. We’re going to play them in a head-to-head, which will be fun, and we’ll see them a couple more times, but the big deal will be the Post (Postseason GWOC Tournament). Luckily, we’ve got some time to get better before then. It’ll be tight, as usual, though.

“We’re pleased with where we are,” Evilsizor said. “In four 18-hole invitationals, we’ve got two thirds, a first and a second. For four invitationals, that’s obviously really good. We just don’t like losing to Butler.”

Darrell Wacker contributed to this story.

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Austin Greaser shot a 66 at the Troy Invitational and shows off the ball where he shot a two on the par five 15th hole to card an albatross, or three under par.
http://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/08/web1_Greaser.jpegAustin Greaser shot a 66 at the Troy Invitational and shows off the ball where he shot a two on the par five 15th hole to card an albatross, or three under par.

The 2017 Butler boys golf team is back row, left to right, Austin Greaser, Ethan Dill, AJ Lawrence, and coach Christian Koenig; bottom row, left to right, Michael Brandt, Niels Princi, and Jestin Love.
http://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/08/web1_BGolf.jpgThe 2017 Butler boys golf team is back row, left to right, Austin Greaser, Ethan Dill, AJ Lawrence, and coach Christian Koenig; bottom row, left to right, Michael Brandt, Niels Princi, and Jestin Love.
Greaser cards 66 including an albatross

By Josh Brown

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