It’s the oldest saying in the book.
“Every shot counts.”
That saying is probably more authentic when it comes to the game of golf.
And on September 9 at Fire Ridge Golf Course in Millersburg every shot really did count.
West Holmes, coming off a big score of 184 the night before at Ashland, shot much better, a 167, but it was only good enough to tie the visiting River View Black Bears.
Due to the tie, the match goes to the fifth scorer. For West Holmes that was Philip Schlabach and for River View it was Jaden Kelly. Kelly inched out Schlabach by one shot firing a 46 to Schabach’s 47.
The Knights’ only senior, A.J. Race, led West Holmes as the low-man, shooting a 40. Race birdied both par fives on the front nine at Fire Ridge, number one and hole six. On six, Race blistered a pea at the green after a large drive and missed an eagle putt by just a foot.
West Holmes’ one-man Blaine Hager fired a 41 with three pars on four, seven and nine. The lefty mashed a drive on hole four, the toughest hole on the course handicap-wise at Fire Ridge, just left off the fairway. He would stick his approach from 170 yards within 15 feet and par the long, uphill hole.
To round out the scoring for the Knights, Cort Stout shot a 42 and Jake Bowman came in with a 44. Stout, like Race birdied both par fives, yet took a seven on number five. He was just one over through four holes. After the match Stout promptly headed to the women’s tee of the hole one and hit about five balls with River View’s Corbin Davis’ driver. Davis banged some balls down the fairway with Stout’s driver and then the two swapped driver heads.
Bowman’s two pars came on holes one and five. He had no double bogeys.
River View’s Jake Moore had the best round of the day crushing out a 38. His playing partner Kyle Daugherty kept pace with Moore and came into the clubhouse with a 41. Three-man Joe Noe fired a 42 and Davis rounded out the top four for the Black Bears with a 46.
The Knights have dropped their fifth straight dual match of the year.