In one sense, losing to Dover by two shots at Fire Ridge Golf Course on Thursday, Sept. 14 was kind of a bummer. On the other hand, dropping Meadowbrook to get a win was a plus.
However, the most important thing for the West Holmes Knights golf team was finally shooting a number it was more comfortable with. The Knights have been struggling a bit since experiencing some nice success early on in the season, so their score of 171, which was just two shots off of Dover’s 169 and 18 shots better than Meadowbrook’s 189, was a pleasing effort. But what was more important was that with the Ohio Cardinal Conference tournament and sectionals looming, the Knights put forth a solid team effort.
“We’ll take it coming off of that 189 we just shot,” West Holmes assistant coach Jack Moutoux said. “This is one of our best scores this season, so it is a push in the right direction for us. We are getting down to the end of the year, so it is important for us to start playing better and with more consistency.”
West Holmes pushed Dover (8-2) to the brink on the strength of team medalist Evan Yoder’s 40. He was aided by Walker Uhl and Carter Hahn, who produced 43s, and Gavin Christine rounded out the scores with a solid 45. Nick Rohr and Brett Mirich both shot 50 for the Knights.
Dover was every bit as consistent, led by Alex German’s 39 leading the way for the Crimson Tornadoes. Brayden Wikoff shot a 41, Micah Smith carded a 43, and Gabe Miller and Cameron Spraggins both shot 46. Wickoff, Dover’s number-four man, was especially impressive since his card contained a triple-bogey.
“It was nice to see a couple of qualifiers step into their first varsity experience and perform well tonight,” Dover coach Jim O-Donnell said. “We’re still gaining momentum and trying to improve our scores on a daily basis, and our kids are getting in as much play as possible to achieve that.”
Miller has been incredibly consistent for the Crimson Tornadoes, which is why O’Donnell believes this 46 is an anomaly that happens. Every golfer has that off day. However, number-one man Alex German is that anchor who can carry a team, and he has been right there at the top of Dover’s scores all season long.
“It’s nice to have that one great score you can count on, and Alex has been very reliable all season,” O’Donnell said. “If he says focused and just goes about his business and doesn’t get caught looking ahead, he can accomplish some big things yet this year.”
O’Donnell went on to note that he feels very comfortable with where his team is right now and likes their chances come sectional tournament time at Eagle Styx Golf Course in Zanesville.
Meadowbrook’s number-one man Trey Singleton overcame a slow start and finished with a flurry, birdying holes seven and eight and lipping out for a birdie on nine to finish with an even-par 36 and medalist honors for the day. Tucker Rogers added a 43, and Cage Black shot a 46 for the Colts.