Columbus High's Shane Hess took ninth place at the Lincoln Southwest Invite on Tuesday shooting a 97.
As a team the Discoverers finished in 10th place out of 15 teams with a score of 365.
"Being within two weeks of the district tournament, using good course management and mental toughness to grind a good round of golf will be important preparation for the end of the season competition," said Columbus High head coach Rick Benson in comments sent to the Telegram.
Lincoln Southwest won its home invite shooting a 298 behind Geran Sander and Josh Bartels wtying for first with 712.
Brock Kuhlman shot a 91, Mitchell Goc carded a 97, Zach Paden finished with a 98 and Cole Asche tallied a 100.
"Overall, not really good," Benson said. "Brock Kuhlman shot a 91, which was a little high for him. He should normally by mid-80s or maybe low 80s. We had two guys in the upper 90s that I felt should have been a little lower also.
"I know they can play better. Obviously, Shane had a pretty decent day. He three-putted five times, so he could have had a really good score if he could've two-putted a few times. For him, it's moving him in the right direction."
With districts approaching on May 13, Benson said a momentum-boosting performance like Hess' can be big at this point in the season.
"I think it really helps his confidence, which is really important for Shane," he said. "The more confidence he has, the better he plays. I think it was really important in a big meet. So it's nice to see him come out in the top 10."
Benson said the rest of the team needs to have a short memory.
"They have to realize it wasn't their best day, but tomorrow could be totally different," Benson said. "Just being positive mentally and preparing yourself for the next event can at least put that bad round out of your mind."
Central Community College - Columbus vs Doane JV - Tuesday
The Central Raider Golf team hosted the Tigers from Doane University on Tuesday. The Raiders were lead in scoring by Ethan Paben and Carter Luedtke, both from Lakeview, who both posted scores of 80 followed by Ryder Lewis who scored an 88.
The Raiders were back in action on Wednesday and Thursday as they compete in the Region IX Championship held at York C.C.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com