By Josh Brown
GREENVILLE — Troy may not have played as well as it wanted to at Turtle Creek Thursday.
But the Trojans brought home the most important thing — a win in their division opener.
The Troy boys golf team returned to Turtle Creek, the scene of its disappointing Greenville Invitational performance earlier this season, and was able to knock off the host Green Wave 169-182 to improve to 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division.
“Another rough day at Turtle Creek,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “I don’t know if it’s mental or physical, but we struggle there. We played the front nine today, and I don’t know what it is about that course.
“We just had too many double bogies and not enough pars today, and that’ll inflate your score quick. No birdies between our six guys, either, and all but one guy had at least one double bogey.”
Troy Moore was medalist on the day with a 41 as no one broke into the 30s, Holden Scribner shot 42, Nate Uhlenbrock and Keaton Pfeifer both shot 43, Tyler Lambert shot 44 and Luke Schroeder shot 46.
“Obviously, a win is a win,” Evilsizor said. “It just wasn’t as impressive as it could’ve been. But two years ago we came here and only won by six. I’m beginning to think it’s more mental. We’ve played other hard courses, harder than Turtle Creek.I just don’t know.”
Troy returns home to Troy Country Club to face Centerville’s black squad on Monday then has some time off before the next week — which includes the Trojans showdown against GWOC North rival Butler on Sept. 3.
As for Turtle Creek Golf Course?
“The next time we have to see it is August 10, 2016. Thankfully,” Evilsizor said with a laugh.
BRANDT — The Bethel Bees shot a consistent round up and down the lineup Thursday, holding off the visiting Covington Buccaneers for a 163-176 victory at Cliffside.
Bethel’s Tyler Wienert shot 38 for medalist honors, Tyler Brookhart and Nick Lightcap shot 40s, Christian White capped off the scoring with a 45, Connor Hockett shot 47 and Devon Truman shot 52.
Levi Winn led the Buccs with a 39, James Grilliot shot 42, Andrew Slusher shot 45, Ryan Gengler shot 50, Braden Miller shot 61 and Derrick McCool shot 66.
Bethel (4-0, 3-0 Cross County Conference) travels to Franklin Monroe Monday. Covington is also in action Monday, traveling to Arcanum.
SPRINGBORO — The Troy tennis team faced its toughest foe of the year yet Thursday as it traveled to Springboro, falling 5-0 in Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover play.
At first singles, Hannah Essick lost to Anke Patel 6-1, 6-0. At second singles, Maggie Hennessy lost to Ally Garofoli 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Ashley bruns lost to Christina Fote 6-1, 6-1.
At first doubles, Zoey Scancarello and Sierra Verstraten lost to Maddy Talbot and Jessa Grossman 6-1, 6-1. At second doubles, Meredith Pruitt and Katie Sherrick lost to Amanda Shamp and Morgan Hillis 6-2, 6-0.
“Springboro has a very strong young team, as the scores show,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said.
Troy, now 3-2, hosts Greenville Tuesday to open Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division play.
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