The West Holmes golf team knew it would have its hands full with a talented Mt. Vernon High School team on Tuesday, Aug. 22 when the Knights hosted the Yellow Jackets.
While falling to Mt. Vernon wasn’t the worst thing in the world, it was the way the Knights struggled at home that irked head coach Isaac Haver. Mt. Vernon took home a 171-190 victory, and Haver said the score of 190 simply isn’t acceptable.
Losing didn’t bother Haver, but watching his team hit a lot of fairways off the tee, only to miss green after green on the approach shots, mystified him.
“We hit the ball OK off the tee, but we ended up hitting four out of 36 greens in regulation, and all four greens hit were by Evan Yoder,” Haver said. “I’m not sure what happened there, but we have to learn how to deal with the mental part of the game better.”
Considering it was the Knights’ home course at Fire Ridge Golf Course, one might expect them to have an advantage, but the lack of consistency all day long led to some higher than normal scores.
Yoder was the lone Knight to play well, fashioning a team-best 42. From there the scores got a whole lot worse with Carter Han and Walker Uhl shooting 49s and Gavin Christine adding a 50. It was not exactly the stuff Haver is looking for at a home event.
Two days later the Knights took on Mansfield Senior, a team that has struggled mightily to get a win on the golf course over the years.
Without Yoder, who was on a mission trip, West Holmes didn’t shoot its best, but it did improve, and that was more than enough to get past the Tygers 181-231.
Christine’s effort played a huge role in improving the Knights’ overall team score as he fired off a team medalist round of 42 at Fire Ridge. Uhl followed with a 44, Hahn shot a 47 and Madi Zeigler added a 49 for the winners.
“We have to gain some confidence and become more consistent,” Haver said.
The split in Ohio Cardinal Conference play leaves the Knights at 1-1 on the year in league play.