Caden Spencer rolls a putt on the green for the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in a high school boys golf tournament Wednesday at Hawthorne Hills Golf Course in Lima. (Staff photo/Brad Frank)
On the course just a couple hours after sunrise Wednesday morning, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers began the 2014 high school boys golf season about as early as a team could, as the official start of the season was Wednesday.
The Tigers began their season with a tournament at Hawthorne Hills Golf Course in Lima.
W-G arrived in Allen County early Wednesday morning, escaping fog that blanketed their departure from Waynesfield in Auglaize County.
Conditions hovered between overcast and sunny with minimal wind, while W-G placed 12th out of 14 teams, tallying a team score of 383, led by Trey Crumrine’s 18-hole score of 83.
Lake Turner followed Crumrine with an 88 for W-G.
Tigers freshman Jaden Maxwell shot a 105 in his first high school event. Caden Spencer shot a 107 to round out W-G’s scoring.
“Overall, I was happy with the tournament,” Tigers coach Craig Ludwig said. “We definitely could have improved on a few strokes here and there, from what I witnessed. We three- and four-putted a couple times. We need to do that in two putts. We need to work on our short game.”
Allen East’s Parker Frey shot a 74 on his home course to lead all players.
Kalida, the team champion at 303 strokes, had its top three players finish in spots two through four Wednesday.
Among the Tigers’ fellow Northwest Central Conference schools, Allen East finished seventh at 352 and Ridgemont was 14th at 403.
W-G will play at Hawthorne Hills in a Division III sectional tournament Sept. 25, seven weeks from today.
The Tigers and the Parkway Panthers were the only teams out of the 14-team sectional to play in Wednesday’s tournament.
Ludwig explained his thoughts about his team playing the Hawthorne Hills course Wednesday.
“Last year we struggled a little bit (there),” he said Wednesday. “We came in (today) wanting to make improvements. We play in this (tournament) for one reason: it’s our sectional site.
“We want the kids to spend time on the course once before sectionals. It’s a practice round for the course.”
W-G will begin the NWCC portion of its schedule Friday against the Lehman Catholic Cavaliers and the Temple Christian Pioneers in its first home match.
“They’re probably two of the top teams in the league, who are coming to our place pretty early in the season,” Ludwig said. “We’re going to find out pretty quickly on Friday how competitive we’ll be in the league.”
The tri-match Friday morning will begin at 10 a.m. at Prairie View Golf Club in Waynesfield.
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1. Kalida 303; 2. Anthony Wayne 317; 3. Shawnee 327; 4. Defiance 337; 5. Clyde 337; 6. Van Buren 349; 7. Allen East 352; 8. Miami Valley School 361; 9. Patrick Henry 365; 10. Elida 373; 11. Findlay 382; 12. Waynesfield-Goshen 383; 13. Parkway 390; 14. Ridgemont 403.