Philip Schlabach couldn’t find the green from the fairway Monday, Sept. 14 at Fire ridge Golf Course where the West Holmes Knights took on Tuslaw.
No matter, because he let his putter do the talking for him once he finally did manage to get to the green. Schlabach took just 12 puts in his nine hole round, earning himself a 40, teammate Blaine Hager fired off a 39 and the Knights toppled Tuslaw 171-189 to gain a victory.
“I just couldn’t hit a green in regulation to save my life,” said Schlabach of the round. “Luckily, my putter was working pretty good, because I was scrambling all night to save pars.”
Hager and Schlabach’s solid contributions were the saving grace for a Knight team that otherwise struggled mightily on its home turf.
Hager played his usual solid game, limiting damage, but three-man A.J. Race struggled all night, shooting a 48. Four-man Jake Bowman also failed to turn ion many good holes, firing a 46. Eric Biltz added a 49, but while Cort Stout’s 46 may not have looked that impressive once all the holes were totaled up, his game really wasn’t too far removed from being very solid. Outside of a triple on the par-four fourth and a nine on the eight, where he spanked tow shots out of play, Stout was just two-over par on the remaining seven holes.
He even showed enough poise to settle back in and grind out a par after the disastrous eighth.
“That’s really pretty good shooting aside form those two holes,” assistant coach Jimmy Allison said.
But for the most part, Allison said the Knights have to play better that a 171, especially on their home course, one that they should know how to navigate better than they did on this night.
“It’s a win, but its’ very frustrating to see us play like this, especially here at Fire Ridge,” said Allison. “We just don’t have a lot of consistency right now, and we aren’t handling it very well from a mental standpoint.”
The Knights took off early this year like a team on a mission. However, the past half dozen matches have not been kind to them, as they search for an answer to gaining some consistency before the sectional tournament rolls around.