WYOMING – The Cincinnati Hills League boys golf title runs through Wyoming in 2015 as the Cowboys recently chipped their way to their third league championship in four years. Junior Cooper Hausfeld led the charge with a 76, followed by freshman Dylan Stevens with a 79.
“We made it through the CHL competition undefeated,” Cowboys coach Rod Crider said. “We beat Indian Hill by 14 and we beat Madeira by 18 strokes.”
The Mustangs had prevailed last season, preventing three straight by Wyoming, but the Cowboys depth prevailed this season. Though unblemished in the CHL, Wyoming does have a handful of losses in their overall record, thanks to an aggressive menu of opponents.
“I intentionally set out this year to run a tough schedule,” Crider said. “I thought we had a chance to be a pretty good team.”
Crider’s men have had narrow defeats against Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy and McNicholas, and have taken on bigger schools like Turpin and Milford. The goal is for tight competition to pay off in the tournament where Wyoming has advanced to the district match in Division II in every year but one during Crider’s command.
The Cowboys are a mix of veterans and underclassmen, so they’re also in good shape for years to come.
“I don’t know what we’ll have coming up in our freshman class, but we’ve got five of our top eight back,” Crider said. “We have three seniors in the top eight. We still have a little bit of youth.”
Sam Marty, Brendan Madden and Ike Mitchell are the Wyoming seniors. Marty, along with junior Hausfeld, leads the team in low average at a little over 39 per nine holes. Also among the top 15 in the league are freshman Stevens, junior Jack Fischer and senior Madden.
The focus of the Cowboys after sectionals was one more run at Weatherwax in Middletown. The course has been sold with the land earmarked for other use. However, the Cowboys fell four shots behind Indian Hill for the fourth qualifying spot as a team Oct. 1 at Sharon Woods.
Individually, Sam Marty did qualify for the district run with an 80 in the Division II sectional.