ARCANUM – Golf in the Western Ohio Athletic Conference is off and running this year and early on there are a few teams in boys play that remain undefeated.
Coming into Thursday night; Newton and Tri-Village were undefeated with Arcanum, Bradford and National Trail each having one loss.
The Railroaders traveled to Beechwood golf course to take on the Patriots.
Last season Tri-Village finished 2nd in the league and lost their top three scorers on the team that included Hunter Gilpen, Dylan Holsapple and Aiden Collins who is now playing college golf at IU East.
The Patriots are coached by Logan Brubaker now in his 6th year driving the golf cart around the course.
“We knew we had a lot of guys coming out for golf but when you lose your top 3 scorers you don’t know who is going to step up and fill those spots and I believe our off-season program starting in March going once a week and then twice a week in the summer has paid dividends as a few guys have really fallen in love with the game,” Brubaker said.
“I feel like this team can compete week to week with almost all the teams in the league. Newton and Arcanum look to be the heavy weights right now and we’re kind in that group shooting between 170-190 which includes Preble Shawnee, National Trail and Bradford.
Playing the number one spot for TV is junior Casey (CJ) Osborne, two is sophomore Xavier Collins, three is junior Kasen Hale, four is freshman Trey Homan five is junior Wyatt Ketring and at the six spot is sophomore Carter Finkbine.
The Patriots would remain undefeated on the season by way of a 181-193 win over Bradford.
Tri-Village individual scorers were CJ Osborne 43, Xander Collins and Wyatt Ketring each carded a 44 and Kasen Hale a 50.
Medalist honors went to Bradford’s Scout Spencer shooting a 42, Keaton Mead 44, Dalton Skinner 49 and Treyl Manuel 58.
Tri-Village improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference while Bradford fell to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference.
“While neither team had their best stuff tonight, it was nice to see a little grit from both teams,” Brubaker stated after the match.
“I’m very proud of the start this team has had as they’ve worked extremely hard… we’ve moved a lot of dirt on the range and the course. I believe good golfers are judged on how well they can battle when they don’t have their best rounds, and I think we’ve done a good job of doing this a few times this year. Hopefully we can enjoy tonight’s win for a few days and continue getting a bit better each day,” Brubaker concluded.