GRANVILLE – Identical to they did final 12 months, the Newark Catholic and Granville’s boys golf groups went backwards and forwards all fall to find out the Licking County League champion.
On the finish of the day Tuesday at Denison Golf Membership at Granville, it was the Blue Aces successful the battle, however the Inexperienced Wave once more received the warfare. Granville, led by medalist and Participant of the Yr Carter Budreau’s even-par 71, totaled 312 to edge out NC’s 316 to win the ultimate occasion of the season. However the Inexperienced Wave had constructed a cushion coming into the final spherical and nonetheless repeated as champions.
“A 316 is nothing to sneeze at, however Granville was simply higher than us right now, so quite a lot of credit score to them,” stated NC coach Phil West, who coached Granville coach Marvin Vibrant’s sons when he was with the Blue Aces. “We nonetheless get to place one other trophy within the case in school. To lose now, is healthier than three weeks from now, as a result of we’ve got massive plans.” The Inexperienced Wave returns everybody from final 12 months’s crew that positioned third within the state in Division III.
“They beat us in a five-man scorecard playoff at Zanesville Nation Membership, or it may need been totally different,” stated Budreau, whose crew additionally received the primary occasion at Clover Valley, however faltered at Moundbuilders. “I am nonetheless very pleased with my crew,” he stated. “We struggled at Moundbuilders, however I am senior captain and I needed to present some management, and speak to our guys. I talked to Alex Organ about it final evening, and he shot 81 right now which actually helped. We’re actually younger , and subsequent 12 months, (Sam) Pfau and Organ will likely be able to take over the crew. “
Pfau, who joined Budreau on All-LCL first crew, carded 79 Tuesday, whereas Steven Zurawick joined Organ at 81 for Granville.
NC competed with an illness-weakened Brian Luft, however nonetheless was stable on Tuesday. The Inexperienced Wave stays a younger crew. Junior Max Vanoy led the way in which with 76, good for third general, and classmate Luft had 78, whereas lone senior Jack Rehbeck and sophomore Brogan Sullivan shot 81s. Freshman Bobby Kieber had 82 and junior Nathan Riggleman 84, and all six made all-league. “Having all six youngsters standing there with medals is fairly fulfilling,” West stated. “Brian informed me he was about 75 p.c right now, and that was beginning out. He was feeling like crap and nonetheless shot within the 70s, on a course like this. He is solely had two rounds not within the 70s all 12 months. He is the actual deal. “
“Right now was not our greatest as a crew, however realizing Brian was not at his finest, we have been all in, and I like seeing that from everybody,” Vanoy stated. “I used to be not at my finest, but it surely wasn’t horrible. I used to be 3-over via 4 and could not get any putts to drop, however because the spherical went on, they began to fall.”
Budreau felt he left quite a lot of pictures on the market. He sank 4 birdies, together with on No. 4 and No. 9 as he fired 34 on the entrance, but in addition had 4 bogeys. “I did have a birdie on 16, a 10-footer uphill, and that was massive as a result of gamers are inclined to lose strokes on that gap,” he stated. “My iron play was actually good, and I used to be capable of actually pinpoint my driver. Although I do not hit it lengthy, I normally put it in good place.”
The primary group pairing of Budreau, Luft, Johnstown senior Clay Bruning and Heath senior David Hyperlink was not solely like an LCL dream crew, however certainly one of good mates. Bruning completed second Tuesday with 74, whereas Hyperlink had 77, tying with Watkins Memorial’s Maddox Tanzillo for fourth. Budreau, Bruning, Luft, Hyperlink, Pfau and Skyler Graham of Watkins, who had 81 Tuesday, all made first crew.
“Three of us are members right here (he, Budreau and Hyperlink), and we have performed collectively and in opposition to one another since freshman 12 months,” Bruning stated. “We mess with one another on the market, however in the long run, we’re good mates,” Luft stated. “He (Budreau) wasn’t lacking, per common.”
“It is quite a lot of enjoyable,” Hyperlink stated. “We even play collectively some in the course of the summer time, generally at random. It is good competitors.”
Regardless of enjoying with out No. 2 man Ben Ridgeway, out with illness, Heath nonetheless carved out a robust 321 to position third. Hunter Byers shot 79 and Riley Baum 80 for the Bulldogs. Evan Harper added 80 for Johnstown, fourth with 340, whereas Watkins positioned fifth at 350. Utica, led by Ben Rodichok’s 81, completed sixth with 360, whereas Shea Lesko’s 84 paced Licking Valley which posted 362. Ethan Payne had 89 to guide Northridge ( eighth at 369), whereas Cade Dunlap carded 91 for Licking Heights (381) and Brenden Thorp 97 for Lakewood (394).
Making second crew All-LCL have been Rehbeck, Sullivan and Vanoy from NC, together with Byers, Rodichok and Organ. Third teamers included Riggleman and Kieber of NC, Johnston’s Harper and Chase Boroff, Zurawick and Baum.
As event play begins, NC isn’t solely focusing on a return to the state, however a run on the championship. Nonetheless, this 12 months’s district is at Turnberry as a substitute of Denison, following sectional play at Darby Creek.
“We need to win the sectional this 12 months as a result of we did not final 12 months, and we simply received at Turnberry, so we appear to play nicely there,” Vanoy stated. However once more, only one crew advances to the state.
“If we get there, it is going to be, why not us? As a result of we are able to,” West stated. “We’ll must play nicely as a crew, two days in a row. We’re nonetheless younger, however we’re getting extra mature. These youngsters are fairly arduous on themselves. Our greatest is 301 and so they need to break 300 . “
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