LIMA —The Allen East boys golf team might not have won its season-opening tournament on Tuesday, but the Mustangs certainly started the 2013 campain on the right foot.
Allen East fired a 326, one off the school record, for second place at the 18-team Hawthorne Hills Golf Tournament, while West Liberty-Salem won with a 321.
Shawnee (335) was third, Van Buren (338) was fourth and Miami Valley (345) rounded out the top five.
The Hawthorne Hills tournament is one of four tournaments Allen East will play host to, and coach Bill Mattevi was pleased with his Mustangs finish Tuesday.
Kayne Richardson shot a 78 to lead the Mustangs while Lucas Herrman and Parker Frey both shot an 82.
“For the first tournament, I think we did pretty well,” Mattevi said. “We had a nice array of low 80 scores and one shot a 78.
“Kayne started out bogey-bogey to shoot that 78. He turned his game around and did really well. We played our league tournament here the past few years so I think that helped our team.”
Brian Schatzer of Parkway was the medalist with a 69. Trent Cutlip of Elida shot a 74 to finish second.
“It was a little windy but it wasn’t too bad and I handled it well,” Schatzer said. “I was driving the ball really well. I putted pretty well, I had a couple of missed putts that I could’ve made but other than that it was pretty solid.
Schatzer’s 69 was a career best for 18 holes.
“I did play really well but I did have three bogeys so it could have been better,” Schatzer said.
Jake Shivley and Cole Jordan both shot an 81 to lead Shawnee to a third-place finish.
“All six guys can shoot mid-80s to low-80s and some can probably break 80 on a good day,” Shawnee coach Aaron Patterson said. “I think we improved by about 40 strokes from last year to this year with five sophomores and a senior so we’re pretty tickled.”
Patterson was looking toward this tournament to see just how well his Indians will play this year.
“Today was the day we were going to set the bar,” Patterson said. “These kids have lofty goals, especially for the (Western Buckeye League). It’s nice that we host that at the Shawnee Country Club, so that’s an advantage for us. We’re looking to obviously improve everyday and everybody be consistent on the same day and see what happens. We’re young and they’re really excited. You can tell they definitely improved over the summer by putting the time in and getting better and that’s all we can ask as coaches.”