By Josh Brown
PIQUA — Covington’s Andrew Slusher was slightly disappointed with how he played.
Miami East’s Zac Johnson was pleasantly surprised, only to get more nervous as the round went on.
In the end, both were plenty happy with the results, though, as Slusher and Johnson finished in a three-way tie with Franklin Monroe’s Jeremy Bridenbaugh for individual medalist honors at the 14-team Kendig Memorial boys golf tournament Wednesday at Echo Hills.
Slusher, Johnson and Bridenbaugh all shot 78, with Newton’s Chet Jamison finishing one stroke behind at 79. Milton-Union’s Hayden Davidson finished in a tie for fifth overall at 82.
“It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t what I was hoping for,” Slusher said of his score. “It was decent though. I left some holes out there. But yeah, definitely (being medalist is the goal). At every tournament, you try to be medalist.”
“I came in thinking I’d do alright, then after a while I began to think I had a real chance,” Johnson said. “I started getting a little nervous at the end. But it’s a good way to start the season. It’s a pretty good goal (to be medalist).”
In the team standings, though, Newton was the top team finisher, sitting in fifth with 373. After Jamison’s 79, Garrett Peters shot 89, Nate Zielinski shot 102, Drew Thiesing shot 103, Mitchell Montgomery shot 108 and Nash Lavy shot 110.
Milton-Union finished sixth, shooting 375. Davidson’s 82 led the Bulldogs and Justin Brown added an 86. Nick Brumbaugh shot 101, Aaron Brown shot 106, Josh Strader shot 109 and Max Graflin shot 119.
“We replaced three seniors with three freshmen, and we’re still trying to find that consistent third and fourth score,” Milton-Union coach Brett Barnes said. “I think Hayden and Justin have a real good chance to be first team All-Southwestern Buckeye League, so that’d be a good goal for them. Also, in the last three years, we haven’t had anyone get through the sectional and into districts, so they both have that goal, too.”
Miami East was seventh as a team with 380. After Johnson’s 78, Sam Zapadaka shot 95, Cooper Elleman shot 102, Austin Parsons shot 105, Kyle Fellers shot 111 and Luke Gilliland shot 113.
Covington was 12th as a team with 427. After Slusher’s 78, Jack Shell shot 108, Dylan Lucas shot 116, Thomas Kuether shot 125, Grant Humphrey shot 126 and Jobe Morgan shot 137.
Bethel finished 13th with 440. Austin Bird shot 105, Brayden Rowley shot 107, Gabe Rowley shot 109, Adam Donahue shot 119, Riley Whalen shot 132 and Alec Donahue shot 133.
“In the past, we’ve had two or three really good golfers with lots of experience. This year, we’ve got some good players with a little experience,” Bethel coach Brett Brookhart said. “But I think everyone that played here last year improved on the scores they shot then today. It’s just totally different, playing an 18-hole tournament than it is playing nine at Cliffside. The guys just all need to keep playing.”
Piqua finished 14th with 447. Aaron Davis led the Indians with a 90, Nick Wright shot 113, Kyler Kommer shot 117, Matt Herron shot 127, Decker Jackson shot 133 and Evan Hicks shot 134.
Fort Loramie won the tournament with 341, with Anna finishing right behind in second with 341. Franklin Monroe was third with 350 and Versailles was fourth with 361.
WAYNESVILLE — The Milton-Union Bulldogs kicked off the regular season with a dual at Waynesville Tuesday, falling 183-185 in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
Hayden Davidson was the individual medalist on the day, leading the Bulldogs (0-1, 0-1 SWBL Buckeye) with a 41. Justin Brown followed with a 45, Aaron Brown shot 47 and Nick Brumbaugh shot 52.
MIAMISBURG — Tippecanoe’s boys finished ninth at the Miamisburg Invitational on Tuesday, while Troy Christian finished 15th.
The Red Devils shot 355 as a team. Freshman Nathan Gagnon led the way with 81, Sam Weatherly shot 88, Noah Blake shot 92, Austin Post shot 94, Casey Tateman shot 96 and Ian Smith shot 98.
The Eagles shot 401, with Kyle Ward shooting 98 and Aaron Gillespie shooting 99 to lead the way. Brandon Kreger shot 101, Joey Hall shot 104, Sean Burr shot 110 and Zach Grise shot 156.
* Girls Golf
MIAMISBURG — The Troy girls golf team finished ninth at the Miamisburg Invitational Tuesday, while Miami East finished 11th.
The Trojans shot 424 as a team. Riley Johnson led the way with 100, Carrigan Browning shot 103, Hannah Simister shot 108, Camryn Spencer shot 113, Lauren Garlow shot 116 and Libby Harnish shot 141.
The Vikings shot 435 as a team. Paige Lawson shot 105, Emily Rowley shot 106, Marissa Kearns shot 109, Maci Krites shot 115, Kearsten Kirby shot 121 and Cadence Gross shot 145.
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