By Rob Kiser
Call Sports Editor
Even Mother Nature understands the significance of the Homan Memorial — held and completed for the 28th straight year Monday at Piqua Country Club.
Not that there weren’t a few anxious moments during a 90-minute weather delay.
“I would have sworn this was going to be the year (they didn’t finish),” Versailles coach Pete DiSalvo said. “I am so glad for Cindy (Walk, Scott Homan’s mother) that we were able to get it in. They (the Homan family) do such a great job and make this a special event for everyone.”
For Troy, it was a day not only to appreciate, but celebrate.
After winning the first eight Homan Memorials, the Trojans recorded their 10th team title and first since 1998, winning with a 309 total — 17 strokes ahead of second-place Tippecanoe.
“This is such a top-notch event,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “The family really treats us great. They set the bar high for other tournaments. We always enjoy coming here.”
The Trojans were led by medalist Troy Moore, who carded a 73.
“It (being medalist) definitely was a goal,” Moore said. “I felt like my score could have been lower. I missed quite a few short birdie putts. The team felt like we should win and we went out and did that, so that feels great.”
Other Troy scores were Dalton Cascaden 76, Grant Kasler 79, Peyton Wheat 81 and Matt Monnin 96.
“It feels great to end the drought in a tournament we had always done so well at in the past,” Evilsizor said. “It is our first win since 1998. It is great to get out on a course like this early in the season.”
Taylor Priddy and Tyler Hartz both shot 80 to lead the Red Devils, Wyatt Wilson shot 82, Bradley Calhoun added 84 and Evan Hood shot 89.
On Friday, the Tippecanoe boys won the preseason Central Buckeye Conference tournament with a team score of 329. Wilson was the medalist with 78 and Priddy was the runner-up with 79, Hood shot 84, Hartz shot 88, Calhoun shot 90 and Spencer Brackman shot 101.
Back at the Homan, Miami East finished fifth with a 344 total.
But coach Terry Henley understood what the day was about.
“This is without question the top tournament we go to each year,” Henley said. “It is because the family does such a great job — and to keep it going for 28 years, that is spectacular.”
Henley also had a lot to be pleased with his team’s play on the course.
Ryan Bergman led the way with an 80.
Other Viking scores were Scot Kirby 81, Devyn Carson 83, Kley Karadak 90 and Dylan Martinez 100.
“We improved quite a bit from last year,” Henley said. “We have everyone back but one player. It is a great opportunity for us to play on a course like this early in the year.”
Covington finished seventh with a 344 total.
Joe Slusher led the Buccs with a 79.
Other Covington scores included Levi Winn 85, Andrew Slusher 85, Jacob Blair 95, Ty Boehringer 99.
“This is always a great even, they treat us so good,” Covington coach Bill Wise said. “We look forward to coming here every year. I thought the kids played pretty well.”
Piqua finished 10th with a 367 total. Kenton Kiser led the Indians with an 81. Other Piqua scores were Kyle Ingle 91, Derek Jennings 94, Brennan Hicks 101 and Cole Greaser 101.
Lehman finished 11th with a 382 total. Sam Dean led the way with 91. Other Cavalier scores were Tyler Lachey 95, Rocco Catanzarite 98, Ryan Schmidt 98 and Zack Scott 103.
Milton-Union was 16th with 406. Jake Stefanko and Parker Puthoff led the Bulldogs with 100, while Zach Glodray and Sean Lorton both shot 103.
In the end, it was not about the scores, but honoring Scott Homan — something even Mother Nature understands.
* Miamisburg Invite
MIAMISBURG — Troy won its second 18-hole tournament in as many days on Tuesday, winning the Miamisburg Invitational with a team score of 307 on a long day of golf.
“The kids are playing really well, but things were very slow today,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “The round took five and a half hours, which is not easy to do. But I was happy the kids hung in there and stayed focused. It was a good experience for the kids to be able to handle that kind of pace and stay within their game.”
Dalton Cascaden was the overall medalist with a 75, and Grant Kasler and Troy Moore both shot 76. Cascaden and Kasler with both named to the all-tournament team.
Peyton Wheat shot an 80 to round out the scoring, but Matt Monnin with an 81 and Nate Uhlenbrock with an 84 both shot outstanding rounds, too.
“The kids are playing with a lot of confidence and excitement, and their scores reflect that,” Evilsizor said.
Eaton was the runner-up with 313, while Tippecanoe finished fifth with 325.
Troy hosts Tippecanoe at Miami Shores today.
* Girls Golf
VANDALIA — The Tippecanoe Red Devils opened Central Buckeye Conference play Monday night with a 170-188 victory over Springfield Shawnee.
Tori Merrick led the Devils with 40, Erika Brownlee shot 41, Sammie Rowland shot 44, Ally Chitwood shot 45, Taylor Hudson shot 52 and Lydia Stueve shot 66.
Then on Tuesday, Tippecanoe finished eighth at the Sycamore Invitational, shooting 360 at Waldon Pond. Brownlee shot 83 to lead the way, Merrick and Rowland shot 91, Chitwood shot 95 and Hudson shot 133. Mason won the tournament with 328.
Tippecanoe will play at the Versailles Invitational Thursday.