Hats were flying off of heads and golf bags were being blown over during the Div. III sectional golf tournament at Willandale Golf Course, as if the pressure to advance to district weren’t enough of a challenge for most teams.
Howling winds greeted the golfers at the Div. III sectional golf tournament Tuesday, Sept. 27, causing scores to skyrocket.
As a result, only one player in the entire field broke 80, but that didn’t stop the two teams who were favored to move on to districts from doing so.
The Strasburg Tigers, led by Dylan Tucker’s medalist round of 75, easily won the tournament with a 321, while the Hiland Hawks got solid play all-around to grab second place at 339. Malvern was a distant third at 369, while Tuscarawas Central Catholic rounded out the nice showing of Inter-Valley Conference schools, taking fourth at 381.
While players had to deal with winds that blew ferociously at times, the consistent play of Tucker helped him navigate the course with ease. He followed up a spectacular round of 68 in the Eastern District tournament a few days earlier at River greens Golf Course, where the Tigers shot a school-record 296.
“In wind like this, you just have to keep the ball in the fairway and get the ball on the green in regulation,” said Tucker. “My goal today was to just keep getting two putt pars, because I knew it was going to be tough, and that certainly shows from the scores.”
Strasburg again showed off its depth, with Mitch Neidenthal shooting a tournament runner-up score of 81, while Gino Schupbach was right behind with an 82 and Mike Neidenthal turned in an 83.
Schupbach tied Hiland medalist Johnny Mullet for third-place on the day, and Mullet said he was simply trying to stay out of big trouble as the winds howled around him. Oddly enough, M