It was senior night for the Hillsboro boys golf team and the Toppers went out in style with victory over Vandalia and Marquette at the Hillsboro Country Club on Monday, Sept. 23.
Six of the eight seniors would play varsity on Monday as the Toppers shot a 12-over 156 as a team. Marquette would be second with a 175, while Vandalia was third with a 192.
Alex Eickhoff led the way with a 35, earning medalist honors for the match by two strokes over Aidan O'Keefe of Marquette. O'Keefe would be the only non-Topper to break into the top five at the match.
Alex White and Dane Huber would chip in a pair of 40s, while Wilson Hamby had the fourth scoring round with a 41. Owen Malloy and Gunnar Micnheimer would have been in the top two for Marquette and Vandalia, but settled for the fifth and sixth spot with a 42 and a 43.
Hayden Fuller and Nate Reeves would join their senior compatriots on the course as part of the Topper JV team, which nearly outshot the Vandals with a 194. Fuller would shoot a 54 on the day, while Reeves finished with a 56.
Dominic Haggard would put up a 43, while Dillon Smail added a 47 for the Hillsboro junior varsity, while Drake Vogel was also in the top four with a 50. Preston Lyerla finished out the roster for the second string, entering the clubhouse with a 58.
While their home schedule is complete, Hillsboro has bigger fish to fry in the coming weeks, starting with the Edwardsville Tournament on Sept. 27-28. After that is the South Central Conference Tournament on Sept. 30, at Hillsboro's home away from home, Indian Springs Golf Course near Coffeen.
September 23 at Hillsboro
Hillsboro Country Club - Par 36
Boys Team Results: 1. Hillsboro 156, 2. Alton Marquette 175, 3. Vandalia 192.
Medalist: Alex Eickhoff (Hillsboro) 35.
Hillsboro (156) - Alex Eickhoff 35, Alex White 40, Dane Huber 40, Wilson Hamby 41, Owen Malloy 42, Gunnar Micnheimer 43.
Alton Marquette (175) - Aidan O'Keefe 37, William Roderfeld 43, William Schwartz 46, Nolan Rea 49, Nick Wooden 50, Grant Heinz 61.
Vandalia (192) - Chase Laack 44, Connor Satterthwaite 44, Riley Ruckman 52, Jacob Schaal 52, Nick Rosborough 62.
Hillsboro JV (194) - Dominic Haggard 43, Dillon Smail 47, Drake Vogel 50, Hayden Fuller 54, Nate Reeves 56, Preston Lyerla 58.