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Foresters finish 6th, Hoch named All-Conference

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind.  It was a great start to the 2014 Crossroads League Golf Championships for the Foresters as they found themselves just one stroke out of first after the opening 18 holes at Harbour Trees Golf Club but unfortunately HU wasn’t able to sustain that level of play through the final two rounds.

After shooting a 301 on Monday morning, Coach Green’s crew shot a 313 and 326 to finish sixth in league standings with a team score of 940.

The top ten individual finishers were named to the All-Conference team and among the list of honorees was sophomore Lance Hoch. The Marion (Ind.) native finished third overall by shooting a 12-over-par 225 (77, 72, 76) to pace the Foresters.

Devin Dale carded a 233 (74, 73, 86) to finish in a three-way tie for the No. 17 spot. Ryan Boester topped off the tourney by acing his last hole from 153 yards out to post a 79 on Tuesday on his way to shooting a 237 (76, 82, 79) for 24th overall. Derek Zurcher closed the tournament with a 251 (74, 86, 91) while Drew Benedict was eight strokes back with a 259 (86, 88, 85). 

“The guys had a great spring and really showed a lot of improvement as the season went on,” said Coach Mark Green. “The first round score of 301 was excellent and put us in great position going into the second round.

“Lance Hoch had a great tournament and really matured as a golfer. I am really proud of him for making the All-Conference Team. It’s always a fun to see guys reach personal goals and Lance was able to do that today. Seeing Ryan Boester get a hole in one on his final hole was incredible to witness. He had never had one before so that made it even more special. It was a very difficult shot over water into a very strong wind.”

Indiana Wesleyan took the team title with a three-round score of 913 followed by Taylor (919), Marian (924), Bethel (928), Mount Vernon (929), HU (940), Grace (953), Saint Francis (953) and Spring Arbor (955).

The Foresters wrap up the year with a record of 29-62-1.