ARCANUM — The Butler boys golf team placed fourth overall and the Lady Aviators finished 11th at the Greater Western Ohio Conference pre-season tournament last Wednesday. The tournament was held at Beechwood Golf Course.
The Butler boys were fourth with an overall score of 317. Springboro won the event with a 299, Beavercreek was second with 308, and Centerville was third with 313.
The Aviators were led by A.J. Lawrence who shot a 73. Zach Crawford shot 74 followed by Austin Greaser’s 81, Jack Herbst’s 89, Nathan Skinner’s 95, and Dalton Gaskins with a 110.
Lawrence’s 73 tied him for third individually and Crawford tied for seventh overall.
“We are going to have a good season,” said Butler golf coach Scott Hadder. “I’ve got some really good players.”
Hadder is in his first year as the boys coach and says that once the Aviators overcome the injury bug, they will be really good.
“Right now we aren’t at full strength,” Hadder said. “Gannon Godsey just got cleared to play following shoulder surgery and then my freshman phenom Austin Greaser broke his thumb and is out three weeks. Once we get at full strength, I think we have a chance to win the GWOC and make a run at state.”
The Lady Aviators shot 496 as a team. Centerville (326), Springboro (351), and Miamisburg (385) were the top three teams in the tournament.
Katy Moses led the Lady Aviators with a 115 followed by Kaitlyn Jackson (118), Hope Nishwitz (117), Halee Perry (146) and Haley Hampton (148).
“I thought the girls did an excellent job,” said Butler girls golf coach Carolyn Thiel. “We have a very young team, and most of my girls haven’t played for more than one or two years. For having a very inexperienced team, I was proud of how they performed. Our schedule is pretty tough, so we want to keep getting experience and gain confidence even when things get tough.”
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