BATH TOWNSHIP -- There was no shortage of drama in the Rob Contini Memorial Golf Tournament.
When all of the scorecards were turned in, the scoreboard showed three potential team winners, and four potential medalists.
Bath won the tournament with a team score of 307, via the tiebreaker, after Arlington and Liberty-Benton also came in with a 307.
When there is a tiebreaker, the teams involved check their fifth man on the scorecard to see who has the lowest score. score. The lowest fifth man between Bath, Arlington and Liberty-Benton was Bath junior Brady Garver, who shot an 81. Junior Evan Hall shot a team-low 73 for Bath, while sophomore Spencer Stubbs shot a 75.
Wellington’s James Perdue was the medalist after shooting a 70.
“We were talking about how we had a good chance to win this tournament because it was our home course,” Stubbs said. “It was great for the whole team for everyone to come out and shoot good scores.”
Garver’s 81 came in way ahead of Liberty-Benton’s Kaiden Robinson (86) and Arlington’s Cole Thomas (90) to clinch first place for the Wildcats.
“It just goes to show you that everybody has to go out and shoot a good score,” Hall said. “I hit a lot of greens and I putted well today. I left a few birdie putts out there, but other than that, overall scrambling was great. Getting up and down really saved me today.”
Bath had some good fortune thrown its way on Monday, with a unique penalty adding two strokes to Thomas’ score and costing Arlington an outright first-place award.
Wellington’s TemidayoDairo hit a ball he believed was his, but actually belonged to Thomas. When Thomas couldn’t find his ball, he dropped a replacement in the approximate area where he believed his ball had previously landed.
The mistake was noticed after the hole was over, and the result was a two-stroke penalty to Dairo for hitting the wrong ball, and a two-stroke penalty for Thomas for a false drop.
Without the penalty, Thomas would have finished with an 88, which would have replaced Michael Bils’ 89 on Arlington’s team score. Arlington’s score would have been a 306, which would have been good enough to take first place.
Despite the unique circumstance, Bath coach Doug Davis was more than happy to claim the tournament victory.
“It’s really nice to have six guys that are all pretty even,” Davis said. “You never know which four scores you’re going to need from one event to the next. Everyone’s got to go out and do their best, and if one guy has a bad day, the other guys will pick him up. We expected to come out and have a good year, and the work these guys put in during the summer is paying off for them.”
Perdue won the medalist for the tournament after winning a four-man playoff which lasted five holes. Arlington’s Dexter Wilson finished second, Liberty-Benton’s Jared Neiling finished third and Wellington’s Princeton Ball finished fourth. All four shot 70.
Other impressive scores included a 74 from Trent Cutlip (Elida), a 75 Brian Schatzer (Parkway) and a 78 from Zach Erhart (Kalida).
Lima Central Catholic’s James Riepenoff shot a 73, and his teammate Westin Young shot a 77.
“The biggest thing for me today was I was hitting putts,” Riepenhoff said. “I was driving the ball well and hitting greens. I’m really happy with my round. We’ve got a young team, and everyone’s game just needs to keep improving. I think we’re getting there as a team.”
Wellington, which won the Rob Contini tournament and finished as Division III state runner-up in 2012, finished fourth with a f 310. Bellefontaine finished fifth with a 320. LCC was sixth with a 322.