All-RTC boys golf: Steady Miller is RTC player of the year
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
In a year in which much of everything having to do with the Tippecanoe Valley boys golf team was new, their steadiest player is our RTC player of the year.
Greg Miller is a junior who lost his freshman year in 2020 to the pandemic, but he has been all-Three Rivers Conference each of the last two years. He plays with a touch and maturity that many older players lack. In fact, he plays with a touch and maturity that many older, dedicated players never acquire.
Valley had a new coach this year with Ben Shriver taking over for Nick Kindig. Only one of his sectional teammates in 2021 was also his sectional teammate this year.
Miller was the steadying force.
The following is our All-RTC boys golf team. We thank area coaches for sending us their scores and providing their insights into their teams. Having said that, this list is ours and ours alone, and we take full responsibility.
We place special emphasis on the 18-hole events over the nine-hole weekday events, and we place even more emphasis on conference and sectional tournaments. Those are the events that bring out the best competition, and those are the events that have slightly better weather.
Greg Miller (Valley) – Miller is pretty much a sure bet to break 80 in any 18-hole event in which he is entered. He missed going to regional as an individual by one stroke from the brutally tough Warsaw sectional.
J.R. McLochlin (Rochester) – He’s a rising star, and he was the only RTC area player to advance to regional. He’s an excellent ball striker and tireless worker, and as a sophomore, he figures to improve his short game over the next two years.
Drew Strasser (Rochester) – He made the all-TRC team for the first time in his career and held up to many of the No. 1 players he faced.
Jaxon Roudebush (Winamac) – Roudebush was consistently the best player Winamac had, and he made the all-Hoosier North team. He was one of four seniors on an experienced team.
A.J. Dague (Caston) – Dague made the all-Hoosier North team and missed going to regional by one stroke after shooting an impressive 82 at Dykeman Park at the sectional. He’s steady and improving.
Ryan Gregor (Winamac)
Colby Pugh (Caston)
Shaun Pratt (Winamac)
Noah Riffle (Rochester)
Dryden Vance (Rochester)
Eli Love (Valley)
Wesley Meadows (Rochester)
Ethan Young (Valley)
Jaden Seward (Pioneer)