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Huron freshman Bollenbacher heads to Columbus

Butch Wagner • May 12, 2015 at 5:36 PM

Huron boys golf coach Tom Bollenbacher and his 14-year-old son, Keegan, have at least one thing in common this week.

Both are living a dream.

Keegan, a freshman, qualified for the state Division II tournament in Columbus Friday and Saturday.

He is the first Huron boy to advance to the state since 1990, when Tim Weyer achieved the feat, and is the first-ever Tiger freshman to participate in the 36-hole event on Ohio State's Scarlet course.

"I'm living a dream, no doubt about that," said Tom Bollenbacher, a proud coach, and even prouder father.

Young Bollenbacher talked about playing in the field of 72 participants, 12 teams and the equal number of individuals who fought their way to Columbus.

"My primary goal is to have fun, and I don't want to be last. This will be my first time on the course and I've heard all the horror stories about the fairway bunkers, but I just want to play my game and gain valuable experience. Hopefully, I'll get back," Keegan said.

"Its a dream come true for me to play in the state and I'm focusing on controlling my emotions," said Bollenbacher, who earned his state ticket with a sparkling four-over-par 76 last week in the district at Sycamore Springs. He won one of just two spots available to continue the season.

That was also the day Bollenbacher holed out a five-wood tee shot on the 190-yard par-three 11th hole for his first hole-in-one.

The Bollenbachers have a little game going on, who hits the ball longer.

"He can't beat me," Tom said.

Keegan quickly answered back. "I think I do, and I know I'm hitting the ball straighter, and I'm improving the distance off the tee."

"Yes, I'm living a dream through my son, and yes, I'm so proud of what he has done this year. All I want from him is to enjoy the moment," Tom Bollenbacher said. "Keegan is the only freshman to make it as an individual. There are some on a team, but nobody else among the 12 individuals to qualify."

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