By Rob Kiser
URBANA — For the last 28 seasons, the boys golf season has kicked off with the Scott Homan Memorial at Piqua Country Club.
When the uncertainty of things at Piqua Country Club during the closing in re-opening, the Homan Memorial was not played this year.
So Urbana coach Jerome Armstrong contacted the Homan Family about having a similar event at Urbana Country Club, which the family — and local golf teams — were excited to hear about.
That event — the UCC Classic — was held Monday, with the Homan Memorial scheduled to return next August for one final time.
“We just wanted to have something, and this is a great golf course for the kids to play on,” Armstrong said. “If after next year, the Homan isn’t being held, we would like to continue to have an event here.”
With 11 teams competing on another outstanding Pete Dye layout, Bellefontaine won the 11-team event with a score of 344, while Springfield’s Luke Wells was medalist with a 74.
Springfield Shawnee was second with 346, while Miami East led local teams competing, finishing third with a 352 total.
The Vikings were playing without Devyn Carson, who was injured.
East is coming off a record setting 22-1 season, which included the CCC title.
“Last year, we only had one senior, this year we have four,” Miami East coach Terry Henley said. “We were missing one of them today with an injury.”
Dylan Martinez led East with 82, while Kley Karadak carded an 83 and Scot Kirby had an 89.
Ryan Haney and Walker Henley carded 98s, while Dylan Martinez finished with a 102.
“Our first two guys played pretty well,” Henley said. “This is a really tough course and it was good that some of the teams from our sectional were here. It is a Pete Dye layout — I don’t think there is a level lye on the course. It was a good way to get things started. We are hoping to make a run at state this year.”
Piqua finished fifth with a 378 total.
Kyle Ingle and Derek Jennings led the Indians with 89s, while Brennan Hicks had a 98, Derrick Gullett shot a 102 and Spencer Lavey added a 130.
“It was (pretty good for the first time out),” Piqua coach Josh Burns said. “We have had some kids who played a lot this summer. We are more mature for a change. We have two seniors and two juniors. Derrick Gullett is a senior out for the first time.
“This was a really challenging course. The history the Dyes have here with this layout is amazing and it is a good way to start the season.”
Covington finished 11th with a 449 total.
The Buccs have two strong players in Levi Winn and Andrew Slusher, who shot 85 and 86.
The rest of the Buccs’ scores were: Ryan Gengler 138, Braden Miller 140 and Derek McCool 162.
“It drops off a little after Levi (Winn) and Andrew (Slusher),” Covington coach Bill Wise said. “We have a lot of youth and inexperience. It was great for them to get experience and get a taste of it today. It is a little early, because we just started practice Saturday.”
The Homan Memorial will return at Piqua Country Club next year and the family will continue to help out the Piqua golf program has the have for more than 25 years.
And on Monday — as always — the golfers were the winners.
Rob Kiser can be reached at (937) 451-3334.