By Josh Brown
GREENVILLE — The Troy boys golf team had its toughest day on the course of the young season yet.
They weren’t alone.
Only one golfer at the 15-team Greenville Invitational was able to shoot below 80 at Turtle Creek Golf Course Thursday, and all four Trojans were in the 80s to claim third place with a 339.
Beavercreek won with a 318 — and had the medalist with one individual shooting 77 — and Fairfield was second with 335. Northmont, which Troy faces on Tuesday at Miami Shores, was fourth with 346.
“The course played extremely tough today,” Troy boys golf coach Mark Evilsizor said. “It was really dry, and the greens were very fast. There was four-putts all around, and even one six-putt on 18 — not in our group, but it did happen. The conditions were tough today. We definitely found the course at its toughest.”
Senior Troy Moore shot his highest round thus far with an 81, and freshman Holden Scribner added another 81 to lead the Trojans. Nate Uhlenbrock shot an 88, Tyler Lambert shot an 89, Ryan McClurg shot a 92 and Keaton Pfeiffer shot a 96.
“Troy isn’t going to be happy with the way he played, but he’s been playing at a very high level. Holden, for his age, handled himself well even though he struggled putting,” Evilsizor said. “Nate struggled for him and Tyler played well, just had a couple of bad holes. He could’ve been in the low 80s if he could’ve avoided those.
“Some of the boys are a little slow to adjust to the conditions of the course, and that’s just something we’ve got to get better at.”
Tippecanoe shot a 357 to finish sixth. Brad Calhoun led the way with an 82, Wyatt Wilson and Tucker Finders each shot 89, Spencer Brackman shot 97 and Sam Fairbanks shot 102.
Covington finished with a 420. Levi Winn led the Buccaneers with 87, Andrew Slusher shot 92, James Grilliot shot 114, Ryan Gengler shot 127, Braden Miller shot 141 and Derek McCool shot 157.
Troy hosts Northmont Tuesday in a makeup from last week’s rainout before opening Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division play at Greenville Thursday.
“Obviously, we came here to prepare for our league match,” Evilsizor said. “I expect us to play much better next Thursday.”
* Girls Golf
VERSAILLES — Troy’s girls golf team is loaded with nothing but seniors — but the Trojans are still waiting for the leader to emerge.
Troy finished third at the Versailles Invitational Thursday at Stillwater Valley, shooting a team score of 387 with no one able to break into the 80s. Tippecanoe won the tournament with a 372 — the Red Devils’ third victory of the year — and host Versailles was runner-up with a 383.
“It was beautiful out, the course was in good shape. I’m just still waiting for one of these girls to decide to shoot a low score, be our legitimate No. 1 and put the team on her shoulders,” Troy coach Matt Wibbeler said. “Right now, we’ve got all of our scores ranging in the middle area.”
Tippecanoe’s girls — which finished eighth out of a stacked 21-team field at the Sycamore Invitational earlier this week — was led by Tori Merrick with an 80 for the individual runner-up honors. Ally Chitwood shot 91, Sammy Rowland shot 99, Taylor Hudson shot 101, Lydia Steuve shot 120 and Emily Doll shot 133.
Ali Helman and LeeAnn Black both turned in top-10 individual finishes, with Helman shooting a 93 and Black a 94. Natalie Henson shot 98, Hannah Wright shot 102, Melanie Henson shot 107 and Brooke Beeler shot 108.
“Everybody had a couple of holes that they struggled with,” Wibbeler said. “That’s what’s inflating their scores in these 18-hole rounds. We’ve just got to keep working at it.”
Troy was within one shot of Tippecanoe to begin the season at the Covington Pink Out on Aug. 5, losing 356-357 that day with a pair of scores in the 80s. Wibbeler is hoping to make that a more regular occurrence.
“If two girls can make it over the hump and shoot in the 80s, we’d be winning or in the top two at these tournament,” Wibbeler said. “We did that at Echo Hills last week, then we went to the pre-GWOC and didn’t get those scores. Last year, we were second here.”
It doesn’t get easier for the Trojans either with another 18-hole tournament against tough competition Monday at the Skyhawk Invitational in Fairborn.
Tippecanoe, meanwhile, faces Butler and Chaminade Julienne today at Butler.
BELLBROOK — Tippecanoe’s tennis team squared off against one of the best teams in the Dayton area in Bellbrook Thursday, falling 4-1 on the road.
The Red Devils’ lone win came at third singles, where Jordan Jones won a highly-competitive two-set match, 7-6 (5), 6-4 over Meghna Kumar.
At first singles, Kennedy Reeder lost to Rachel Heinz 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Ladia Coning lost to Andrea Szep 6-1, 6-1. At first doubles, Ali Merrick and Victoria Nordquist lost to Abby Schultz and Shea Foster 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Sydney Laymon and Sophia McDowell lost to Ali Contestable and Melissa Wahl 6-1, 6-3.
Tippecanoe, now 1-1 on the season, hosts Lehman today.
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