KALIDA – High school golf is all about team balance and finding four scores to count toward your teams’ total.
Lima Central Catholic and Kalida have found the formula while Elida is still struggling to find those four scores to count.
The Thunderbirds and Wildcats both have long and successful golf histories while the Bulldogs are still looking to find their identity.
The T-Birds took a tri-match Wednesday at Country Acres Golf Club when they shot 161 to edge out Kalida which finished with a 163. Elida came in third with a score of 189, but it was its best score of the early season.
LCC (4-0) was led by senior Ian Friesner who fired an even-par 36 even though he recorded only one par in his round. Four bogies were offset by four birdies by Friesner.
“I missed the green the first two holes from easy distances and had four bogies but did make four birdies.” Friesner said. “I hit the driver all right and kept it in the fairway,”
Other LCC scores were a 40 by Colin Hennon, a 42 by Cadin Brunner and a 43 from Sam Meredith.
“We’re getting there but we still throw strokes away from 150 yards and in.” LCC coach Brock Howe said. “The kids are working on their games more and it shows.”
Kalida (3-1) posted scores of 39 from Jeff Knueve, a 40 from Josh Klausing, a 41 by Trent Siebeneck, and a 43 from Christian Nartker.
“We played good today; Knueve got off to a slow start but birdied holes 6, 7, and 8 and he is capable of that.” Veteran Kalida coach Ken Schnipke said. “My number two player, Evan Recker, had knee surgery last week but should be back for sectionals, he is real consistent around 80 or 81.”
Schnipke also noted that the other players have had to step up in the absence of Recker and that should make them better come tournament time.
Elida finished third but coach Denny Thompson sees a glimmer of hope for his squad.
Drew Sarno with a 41 and Brett Shook with a 43 gave the Bulldogs two solid scores but finding those third and fourth scores has been the problem for Elida as they fell to 0-5 on the season.
The Bulldogs counted a 52 by Jared Ramirez and a 53 from Daniel Unruh in their score.
“We are a work in progress and every match gives us more experience.” Thompson said. “Our scores have been better when we have played a course for the second time.”
All three schools have a month to continue the search for those four scores that could propel a state tournament trip as sectional play begins for everyone Oct. 1st with both Kalida and LCC competing in Division III while Elida will compete in Division I.
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