A huge start. A struggle at midseason. Two straight wins.
That is the West Holmes Knights golf season in a nutshell, and they hope that the latter statement is something to propel them into what they hope will be a good run at the end of the year.
The Knights made it two victories in a row Tuesday, Sept. 15, when they traveled to The Pines in Orrville to take on the Red Riders in an Ohio Cardinal Conference showdown.
The Knights did what they had to do, shooting three strokes better than they had the night before at their home course at Fire Ridge, and dismantling Orrville 168-192. West Holmes is hoping that these victories are leading up to momentum that they can carry on to bigger, more important matches down the road.
Number two-man Philip Schlabach again played solidly, matching the 40 he shot the night before, earning medalist honors. Number one man Blaine Hager fired a 42, a little off his game, while five-man Eric Biltz recovered from a disastrous 49 the night before to put together a very respectable 42, matching Hager. A.J. Race and Cort Stout rounded out the scoring by both chalking up 43s, making it a very consistent night for a team in search of some consistency.
For Race, the score marked an improvement of five strokes over the night before, something that made him happy even if the total of 43 wasn’t exactly anything to be thrilled with.
“Something is just out of whack with my swing right now,” said Race, who said pushing everything to the left is something that he is not accustomed to doing.
“We’ve been out of whack as a team for about four or five weeks,” added Hager. “Hopefully we can get it together by the time the OCC tournament rolls around.”