Scotus boys golf had a busy week competing in three tournaments in four days.
The Shamrocks were at the Lakeview Invite on Monday, Grand Island Central Catholic's meet on Tuesday and the Wayne MAC Invite on Thursday.
After winning the Lakeview Invite, the Shamrocks took fourth place at the GICC Invite shooting a 333.
"Tuesday was calm but still very cold," said head coach Tyler Swanson in comments sent to The Telegram. "Even though it was colder, our guys did a great job of mentally being ready to compete on both days and used Monday to springboard us into Tuesday's scores."
Bryce VunCannon took second on Monday and followed that up with a fifth-place finish on Tuesday shooting a 76 at GICC.
"On Tuesday, he got off to a really rough start but was able to battle back and shoot a respectable 76 for a fifth-place finish," Swanson said. "It was a very competitive meet for him at the top and I thought he battled very well after he got off to that poor start."
On Tuesday's meet, Sam Blaser and Seth VunCannon both shot an 85, Cameron Johnston carded an 87 and Noah Fleming shot a 90.
"I was able to see each of our golfers today do some very good things," Swanson said. "Sam almost holed out on No. 11 but had a tap in birdie, Seth chipped in for birdie on No. 1 and finished his last hole of the round with a birdie."
GICC won its own invite shooting a 310, behind Eli Fox scoring 70 for the medalist position.
Just two days later, the Shamrocks were back on the golf course.
Scotus took third as a team shooting a 341, while Bryce VunCannon was the runner-up on the individual side with a 75.
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"Today was a really good day to golf," Swanson said. "It’s was one of the better weather days we’ve had in a while and we had some guys do very well. Bryce has another good day on the course. He sandwiched a great round around a triple, and double bogey on his first and last holes of the day. His 75 placed him second and may have been the best he’s played all year."
Cameron Johnston scored an 86, Sam Blaser carded an 87 and Nolan Fleming finished with a 97.
"Sam and Cameron put together two good rounds," Swanson said. "They are starting to become more consistent with their rounds and I really like the way they are trending as we get closer to conference and districts."
Jared Beaver, who was getting his first varsity start scored a 93.
"Today, Jared shot a very respectable 93," Swanson said. "It was his first time playing on varsity and at Wayne CC and I thought he handled the course and pressure of being a varsity golfer very well. He was very consistent with how he played today and made a lot of putts."
Swanson said that Beaver along with Nolan Fleming and Drew VunCannon are competing for final varsity spots going into the final stretch of the season.
Scotus will be at the conference tournament on Saturday at Indianhead Golf Course.
"I think we have a very good battle going on between Drew, Nolan, and Jared," Swanson said. "All three of them are playing well enough to be varsity golfers. They have a couple more opportunities to make that push for the last spot. I’m really hoping one of them is able to separate themselves and I don’t have to pick between three guys who are playing really well right now."
Oakland-Craig won the Wayne MAC Invite shooting a combined 336, in part due to Ian Lundquist winning the meet with a 71.
Scotus golf will also be in action at the Norfolk Catholic Invite on Monday. The Shamrocks will then dual Schuyler on Thursday at Schuyler's golf course.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org