Golfers gear up for final SOC II match

Alex Hider

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With only one conference match remaining on the SOC II slate, Wheelersburg’s Mitchell McFarland is on the brink of making history.

The Pirate senior currently leads in the race for conference Player of the Year by 10 strokes. If he can hold off West junior Jordan Tieman on Thursday at the Elks Country Club, he’ll win an unprecedented fourth-straight conference Player of the Year award.

McFarland, and Akron commit, would likely be the first player in conference history to record a Player of the Year “Grand Slam.” He’s earned “Match Medalist” honors in all three SOC II matches so far this season.

In Monday’s preview match at the elks, McFarland shot a nine-hole score of 33, seven shots ahead of Tieman.

Tieman is in prime position to finish in second place in the individual conference standings. The two-time Tri-State Junior Golf Tour winner also finished in second place in 2014.

Tieman’s Senators will have some work to do if they want to repeat as conference champions. The 2014 team conference champions trail Waverly by 35 strokes entering Thursday’s match.The Tigers, led by seniors Jake and Joe Henderson, outscored the Senators by 21 strokes last week at Little Scioto Golf Course on their way to a combined score 160.

The first tee times for Thursday’s match will begin at 4 p.m. at the Elks Country Club in McDermott.

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