HARROD—Allen East felt pretty good about itself entering its first host tournament of the season.
Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Anthony Wayne felt a little better.
Anthony Wayne won the Allen East Invitational at Colonial Golf Course on Tuesday with a score of 323. Jeff Gray led Anthony Wayne with a score of 77, while Carson Bales and Austin Kottenbrock shot 81 and 82, respectively.
Allen East came in second with a score of 341. Sophomore Parker Frey and senior Lucas Herrman each shot an 82 for the Mustangs. Braden Goodwin shot an 88.
“It was just one of those days,” Allen East coach Bill Mattevi said. “Nobody had a terrible day, but everybody seemed to shoot a little higher than where they needed to be. I feel like we can challenge in these tournaments. ... We can be better.”
Ada’s Slade Downing was the medalist for the day with a 74. Bluffton’s Rich Streicher came in just behind him with a 76.
“I hadn’t practiced too well the past week,” Downing said. “Then, yesterday, I went out and shot 37 and 37, so that’s about where I was today. I hit my drives and irons well, everything just came together. I know I need to work on my putting. I feel like that’s the only thing holding me back from really consistently having low scores.”
Downing placed third in the tournament last year.
Other low scores for the day included 83’s from Anthony Wayne’s Collin Conrad and Van Buren’s Nick Overmyer, and 86’s from Van Buren teammates Brant Morton and Drew Patterson.
Logan Diller led Columbus Grove with a 96. Emilleo Guerra led Leipsic with an 88.
The invitational at Colonial is the first of four tournaments hosted by Allen East this season.
“It’s really good for my kids to learn how to play in these tournaments,” Mattevi said. “When I run these, I get all of my kids a chance to play. If they can play at least four tournaments during the season, they’re going to be better because of it.”