WHS Golf Saves Best For Last

By Dan Woodlock
Times-Junction Sports Editor

Powered by a trio of sub-90 rounds on the day, Willard fired a season-best 18-hole round of 365 to finish in sixth place at Saturday's Northern Ohio League Golf Tournament at Green Hills in Clyde.

In his final NOL tourney opportunity, senior Brayden Bruner stepped up with a team medalist round of 86, capped by a strong closing run of 40 on the back nine--a mark that was topped by only four other golfers over the same nine-hole stretch.

Three of those golfers represented the top-three players in the tournament. NOL medalist Max Berry of Norwalk shot a 71, which included a tourney-low 36 on the back nine, to go along with his tournament-best 35 on the front.

Shelby's Brock Kehres notched the second-best round of the day at 74, as he matched Berry's back nine mark of 36. Columbian's Graydon Bunting was third in the individual standings with a 79, as he put together a score of 37 on the back.

Norwalk's Chase Hicks also compiled a 39 on the Green Hills back nine.

Marc Wilkins of Ontario and Alvaro Perez of Shelby each tallied scores of 82 to round out the top-five players, overall.

Bruner had company in the Flashes' solid day, as teammates Alec Gardner and Phil Bogner each produced rounds of 89. It was Bogner who led Willard after the opening nine holes with a 43.

Senior Scott Olson carded a keep score in what was his first and final NOL tournament, as he finished the day at 101 for the Flashes. Fellow senior Brandon Bohach recovered from a bevy of opening nine struggles to compile a solid 44 on the back to finish at 104.

Also competing for Willard was Shelby Moneypenny, who shot 110.

Norwalk emerged as the team champion, as they topped Shelby by seven strokes (323-330) for the tourney title. Bellevue stood at third with a 338, followed by Columbian at 344, Ontario at 345, Willard and Sandusky at 398.

The champion Truckers received an 83 from Travis Cring, an 84 from Hicks and a pair of 85's from both Braden Nunez and Jarod Kessler for their final team score.

Along with the second-place round by Kehres and top-five round by Perez, Shelby's keep scores also consisted of an 85 from Kane Wagner and an 89 from Dalton Boyce.

Edison Invitational

In what ultimately served as a practice round for Thursday's Sectional Tournament, the Willard golf team shot a 381 Monday afternoon at the Edison Invite at Sawmill Creek.

Brayden Bruner remained red-hot for the Flashes with a team medalist score of 81. Alec Gardner checked in at 93, followed by Scott Olson (103) and Brandon Bohach (104). Phil Bogner was just one stroke behind in the five-man event with a 105.

Ashland won the tournament with a sparkling round of 307.

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