Western boys golf coach Steve Hoppes was pleased with his team’s fifth-place finish in Saturday’s Twin Lakes Invitational, but knew his squad was better than the 339 it posted.
The Panthers saw improvement in Wednesday’s 165-215 win over Taylor on the front nine at Chippendale G.C., but still have a little cleaning up to do in Hoppes’ eyes.
“Three of our top five [hit the ball] out of bounds at least once,” he said. “We have to quit getting penalty strokes. I suspect we lost eight strokes to penalty [Wednesday] night. That puts us down in the 150s, which is where we ought to be. We should be below 160 every time in none-hole matches. Take out the penalty strokes and we’re right there.”
Tyler White carded a two-over 37 to grab medalist honors for the victors.
“Tyler was really solid and steady.” Hoppes said. “He had one birdie and two bogies, so really steady round for him, but it could’ve been a little better.”
Ryan Rossi and Baylor Woolley added 42s for the Panthers, while Brennan Raines carded a 43.
Allen Bottomley carded a 51 to lead Taylor. Tyler Koon added a 52, Bryce Fritsch a 53 and Clay Dishon a 59.
KOKOMO 166, LOGANSPORT 178
Zach Watterson took medalist honors for the Wildkats with a 3-over 38, and also scored the first hole in one of his career to help the hosts top the NCC-rival Berries on the front nine at Kokomo C.C.
Watterson used a six iron to ace No. 2, which was playing at 177 yards Wednesday. The feat was witnessed by teammate Tanner Guyer, as well as Logansport’s Brian Worthington and Kennedy Achey.
“I was very pleased with how Zach played. Overall, it was his best match of our first three,” Kokomo coach Jay Davis said. “Obviously it’s a thrill and a very special moment in any golfer’s life to hit a hole in one. I’ve played for years and have come close, but it’s not something that happens for everyone, no matter how good of a golfer you are.”