GREENVILLE – Ansonia hosted Newton in boys golf at White Springs Golf Course and ran into a buzz saw. The Indians shot a 162 to 230 for the Tigers to run their record to 8-0 on the year and 6-0 in the Western Ohio Athletic Conference.
Last season Ansonia had a good year finishing 8-3 in the Cross County Conference during the regular season and slipped one spot after the league tournament into 4th place.
“I was really pleased with the season we had last year but we graduated 5 seniors off that team,” Ansonia boys golf coach Devin Limburg said during the golf match with Newton.
It’s a new look for the Tigers this year as they returned just one player with significant varsity experience.
“We are a young team trying to learn how to play varsity golf,’ Limburg stated.
“Junior Owen Lock plays the 1 spot, he played the 6-spot last year and has been solid shooting mid to upper 40’s, Limburg said. He’s put a lot of time in, and it shows with the improvements he’s made.”
“Sophomore Maverick Sanders is at the 2, he never played varsity last year and has vastly improved shooting in the high 40’s, lower 50’s, shedding about 16 strokes from last year,” Limburg praised.
“Devin McKenna is our 3 and has been averaging 55 and improves everyday as he plays more varsity golf.”
“Will Kammer is our 4 and struggled a bit early this year, but of late he is starting to have some good moments.
Garrett Brown is a junior and our 5, he is new to the program and improves everyday … but having never played he has a way to go to catch up,” Limburg continued.
Ansonia fell short in their match with Newton with just 4 golfers as Maverick Sanders wasn’t in the line-up. Owen Locke turned in a 47, Will Kammer 58, Garrett Brown 59 and Devin McKenna a 66.
“Being a young team with no seniors we are laying the foundation for bigger things to come and look to get better every day we go out on the course,” Limburg concluded.
Newton has seen several outstanding golfers go through their program over the years, including 2007 graduate Kyler Booher who is now the course pro at Miami Shores Golf Club in Troy, Ohio.
Newton has won the 3 conference titles in the last 4 years including back-to-back over the last two years and is a favorite to challenge for the first ever WOAC league title.
Tri-Village who finished 2nd last year in the league is the only other undefeated team at 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the WOAC with the two teams scheduled to play later this month.
Newton coach Ryan Karn’s team graduated 3 players from last year, including the Player of the Year. But the Indians just reload and are playing excellent golf averaging around 165 per round.
“Chandler Peters is a senior, Hudson Montgomery and Aaron Colvin are juniors and they have been our top leaders so far this year averaging around 41,” Karn said.
“We also have 3 sophomores Quinn Peters, Brady Downing and Ty Schauer who are playing very well averaging between 40-47,” Karn added.
It was no surprise Newton won the match as Chandler Peters came in with a 38 to take medalist honors. Quinn Peter 40, Aaron Colvin 42, Hudson Montgomery 42, Ty Schauer 46 and Brady Downing had a 47.
Newton passed one of their biggest tests of the season a few weeks ago when they went head-to-head with Arcanum, another team looking to challenge for a WOAC title. It came down to the last golfer with Newton pulling out a 164-166 win in that match.
Newton and Tri-Village will lock horns at Turtle Creek golf course on September 20th in another key Western Ohio Athletic Conference match.