CATAWBA ISLAND — The Port Clinton golf team has endured a baptism by fire the first two weeks of the season.
Playing three of the toughest courses the Redskins will play all season, right off the bat, nothing has come easy for coach Rick Dominick’s team. Then again, progress isn’t always black and white to the naked eye.
But Dominick is pleased with the efforts he’s seen from his varsity lineup, which includes two newcomers at the five and six spots.
Port Clinton — led by junior Joey Kurtz’s 81 — tallied a four-man total of 353 Monday to finish seventh out of 19 teams at its own Golf Classic played at Catawba Island Club.
“I don’t want our kids to get beat up mentally,” Dominick said. “I know the kids aren’t happy with their scores from today, but at the same time, they got to keep things in perspective. Playing the CIC twice, Oakhurst Country Club in Grove City and Sawmill Creek, is a tough track to begin with.”
Toledo St. John’s Jesuit’s 320 topped St. Joseph Central Catholic’s 326 for the team title. SJCC’s Connor Dudley earned medalist honors with a 3-under 69. Tyler Smith of Margaretta was runner-up with a 4-over 76.
Kurtz’s round of 9-over earned him the final spot in the top 10.
“I hit the driver great and my irons weren’t that bad,” Kurtz said. “But it was like I hit a good shot and it ends up bad, then I hit a bad shot and somehow it ended up good and I made par.”
Jason Mueller carded an 87 for the Redskins, Shane Meek had a 91 and Sean Black finished with a 94.
“We’re getting better,” Kurtz said. “It’s a solid four at the top right now, but right now we’re trying to get experience at five and six. But we’re doing what we can with what we got.”
Kurtz, a first-team all-Sandusky Bay Conference performer as a sophomore, is the Redskins’ No. 1 man. Black was a second-team honoree a year ago, while Mueller was an honorable mention pick.
“Joey has been rock solid,” Dominick said. “He’s done a really good job of setting the tone each time out and you look for that in your No. 1 man.”
Alex Gedert and Devin Fisher each carded 83s for Woodmore, which finished fourth as a team with a score of 340. Liberty-Benton was third at 327.
Mikayla Baer added an 84 for the Wildcats.
Oak Harbor, 15th at 418, was led by Andy Rathbun’s 99.
Genoa, 19th at 455, was paced by Riley Swartzmiller’s 107.