Indian Hill golf swings at the best

INDIAN HILL - Playing top teams on the top courses in the area, the Indian Hill High School boys golf team has had to scratch and claw in the Cincinnati Hills League.

Squaring off with perennial powers Wyoming and Mariemont, the Braves have had a losing record for most of the season, but have fared better in league play.

The new coach of the team is Aaron Hermansen, who previously coached the junior varsity. His top shooter is junior Alex Major. At presstime, Major was averaging slightly above 38 per nine holes, just behind league leaders Dylan Stevens and Cooper Hausfeld of Wyoming.

Hermansen figures to be chasing the Cowboys, along with Mariemont as they head into the CHL Championship Sept. 22.

“We’re going to have quite a good competition,” Hermansen said. “We lost to Mariemont and Indian Hill beat Mariemont.”

On Sept. 5, Wyoming took a seven stroke victory over the Braves at Kenwood Country Club.

On average, the Indian Hill leaders shoot between 38-44 with Major often leading the pack.

“He’s been one of the top scorers around,” Hermansen said. “He’s a quiet leader, but he can talk to any one of these guys. He’s still only a junior, so he still has another year.”

Major’s best skill according to Hermansen is making adjustments. If he’s stuck under a tree, he has the ability to punch out and continue.

Trey Skidmore and Garrett Innis are hovering around 42 in average with Ben Friedberg at 44. Major, Skidmore and Innis should form the core of next year’s squad.

The Braves have faced several top teams in Oak Hills, McNicholas, Loveland, Elder, Summit Country Day and Seven Hills non-conference. In the CHL, there’s a lot of familiarity.

“They know each other well and they all get along with each other,” Hermansen said.

Indian Hill is blessed with two outstanding courses to call home. Camargo Country Club gives the Braves three dates, and four players are members at Kenwood Country Club which earns them a few dates there.

“I wish I was playing at these courses in high school,” Hermansen joked.

With the season starting in early August, the lads on the links adapt to the hot weather and usually are done with their season before too many layers are needed to stay warm. Indian Hill’s regular season ends with the CHL match-up at Glenview Golf Course Sept. 22, then a rematch at Oak Hills Sept. 27.

From there, the Braves play until they’re eliminated.

2017 Boys Golf Team Photos

CHL Boys Golf Statistics