WAPAKONETA — The Western Buckeye League golf tournament was held Thursday at the well manicured Wapakoneta Country Club and the operative word of the day was tie, as in fifth man tie-breaker and three-way tie for the WBL championship.
When all the strokes were counted Bath, Kenton, and Shawnee shared the league title and wound up as tri-champions.
Shawnee had earned 10 points for going 9-0 in regular season league play while Kenton had nine points for second place and Bath in third place followed with eight points.
But Bath grabbed the tournament title to earn 10 points, Kenton came in second to earn nine points, and Shawnee was third to earn eight points and when all was said and done, all three teams totaled 18 points.
Bath and Kenton actually tied with identical scores of 345 but Bath earned the win with its fifth man score of 98 by Jacob Horstman that bested the Kenton fifth score of 104. Shawnee finished two strokes behind with a 347 total.
The Wildcats were led by Adam Vieira who earned medalist honors with a score of 77 that came on nines of 37-40. It was Vieira’s first round since undergoing surgery three weeks ago for a broken collarbone.
Other Bath scores were Spencer Stubbs with 80, Isaiah Bolen who shot 93 and Andrew Jordan with a 95.
“I putted really well today, I only had one double bogey (16th hole) and that was because I hit driver and shouldn’t have.” Vieira said. “It feels good after missing seven WBL matches (with the injury). I will be working on my chipping game to get ready for sectionals, I probably cost myself three strokes today with my chipping.”
The sectional tournament will be held next Thursday at County Acres in Kalida and Bath, Shawnee and Kenton are all in the field.
Shawnee scores included Jacob Good with his 81, Ian Hastings with 85, Ty Reynolds with a 90, and Keaton McKinley with a 91.
“We expected to play better than we played today; we didn’t play our best but still get a share of the WBL title.” Shawnee coach Aaron Patterson said. “The WBL title was a goal of ours so when we look back we will be glad we shared the title, but we now look forward to sectional play.”
Host team Wapakoneta finished fourth with their 354 team score. Tanner Sweede led the way for the Redskins with an 87 while Jared Miller and Logan Miller both fired 88 and Nick Bruns turned in a score of 91.
Other teams and their scores included Defiance (366), Ottawa Glandorf (367), St. Marys (377), Celina (393), Van Wert (407), and Elida (413).
Perhaps Bath coach Mike Vieira summed it up best when he said that every shot counts the same, whether it is a 300-yard drive or a one-foot putt.
“We won on a fifth man tie-breaker that gives us a three-way tie so I’m happy with everything.” Vieira said. “We could have played better but they did their best, this will help their confidence going to the sectionals.”
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