|Bath tops WBL boys golf field|
|Saturday, September 21, 2013 12:50 AM|
SHAWNEE — Elida and Van Wert can take some good things from Friday’s Western Buckeye League tournament at the Shawnee Country Club.
While both teams fell short of contending for a WBL championship, they received some fine play during the day to build on heading into next weeks sectional tournament.
Elida finished sixth in the tournament with a 356, while Van Wert was eighth with a 371 in the 10-team field.
Bath won the WBL tournament as they shot a 322 to edge Celina by five strokes as the Bulldogs finished with a 327. Kenton was one shot behind the Bulldogs with a 328.
Elida was led by Trent Cutlip as he shot a 75 (38-37) as he finished third as an individual. Nate Cellar followed with an 88, while Drew Sarno had a 96 and Jimmie Ebling a 97. Connor French finished with a 103 and Brett Shook with a 113.
“We felt like we had a chance to play well enough to jump into the top half of the league,” Elida coach Denny Thompson said. “Trent Cutlip played outstanding today with a 75. He really didn’t get the support he needed to do what we wanted to do. We did manage to move up to sixth place overall. It’s so close with all these teams right here, so we’ll take what we got and get ready for next week.”
Cutlip and Cellar received all-league honors at the tournament for their play throughout the season and Friday. The WBL handed out awards to the top 12 golfers for the season based on dual matches and tournament finish.
The Cougars were the defending WBL champions but even with four players back from that team, they were unable to successfully defend that title on a warm, sunny day in Shawnee.
“We had some good things happen individually,” Cougar coach Jeff Hood said. “We finished with a 371. We have been pretty consistent all year long playing below where I felt our potential was based on last year’s averages with the returning guys we had. It was a little disappointing that way, but we can take away some positives from the day to build on.”
Brandon Hernandez led the Cougars’ effort with an 82, while Adam Jurczyk finished with an 89. Alex Miller had a 98 and Justin Price a 102 to round out the top four Van Wert golfers. Nick Etter finished the day with a 106 and Jacob Covey had a 110.
“I thought Brandon Hernandez played well shooting an 82 to finish in the top 15 golfers in the tournament. That was a good score for him, close to where he was at this time last year,” Hood said. “It was probably his best WBL tournament score he has had in three tries.
“Jacob Covey is first-year guy varsity guy and he was able to drop his score. He was in the 40’s on the front nine after a tough back nine. Those are kind of the little things you need to celebrate. Alex Miller played some pretty good golf in stretches and Adam Jurczyk played well on the back nine here as well. It’s the kind of year where you need to celebrate small successes and learn and grow from them going into the sectional tournament.”
Bath won the tournament as they were led by Brady Garver with a 77 and Evan Hall with a 79. Spencer Stubbs finished with an 81 and Eric Jordan an 85.
St. Marys’ Carter Bowman and Kenton’s Britton Hensel shot the low rounds of the day as both had a 72.
Bowman was named the WBL Player of the Year for his solid play throughout the year, while Bath coach Doug Davis was the Coach of the Year as the Wildcats not only won the tournament, but the regular season title as well.
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1. Lima Bath 322; 2. Celina 327; 3. Kenton 328; 4. St. Marys 339; 5. Wapakoneta 354; 6.Elida 356; 7. Shawnee 357; 8. Van Wert 371; 9. Defiance 375; 10. Ottawa-Glandorf 388.