If your team’s drop score is a 79, you’re going to win a lot of golf tournaments.
Bellevue shot a winning team score of 305, winning the 14-team Ralph Hohenstein Classic on Monday played at Green Hills Golf Course. Ryan Wilburn and Isaac Hartley each shot a 4-over 75 to tie for third overall Dylan DeWitt carded a 77 and Thomas Pressler had a 78, making Tyler Rospert’s 79 as the Redmen’s throwaway score.
“We’re tickled to death with that team score,” Bellevue coach Jan TerVeen said. “Really our top four this year are interchangeable. A lot of times, it’s just going to be who is the most comfortable in that lead-off role. Dylan has been the one to really do that for us the last two years.”
DeWitt, a state qualifier in Division II a year ago, was the Lake Erie Junior Golf Association’s 14-16 boys age division winner this summer. Hartley was fifth in the division, while Wilburn and Pressler were third and fourth respectively in the final 17-19 division standings.
“There’s really no substitute for tournament experience,” TerVeen said. “The kids can go out and play with their buddies, but it doesn’t really prepare them for the pressure of playing tournament golf.”
Clyde’s Luke Hohenstein tied Woodmore’s Alex Gedert for the overall low score with a 72. He then topped Gedert in a sudden death playoff, earning a par on the No. 10 hole.
Hohenstein had four birdies in his first nine holes.
“Everything was going well in my round until I hit hole No. 16,” Hohenstein said. “I shot a 32 on the front-nine and a 40 on the back-nine because I hit the ball out bounds on 16 and triple bogeyed the hole.”
Clyde was fifth as a squad at 337, right behind Woodmore who was fourth at 332. Brett Combs added an 84 for the Fliers and Eli Hillman had an 89.
Don’t tell Gedert it’s time to go back to school.
Gedert, a Woodmore senior, likes the way he’s been playing golf this summer and that positive momentum seems to have followed him into the early portion of his high school season.
Gedert, who won four times this summer in LEJGA events, a missed five-foot putt that cost him a par as he three-putted for bogey, while Hohenstein sank his putt for par.
“I just didn’t hit it hard enough,” said Gedert of his putt. “I had that same putt in regulation and missed it, too, from the other side.”
But Gedert still had a smile on his face.
“It’s been fun getting out with my team again,” he said. “I like team play so much more than I do individual play because I just love being out there with the guys and competing as a group.”
Gedert sank four birdie putts to make up for the five bogeys he sprinkled into his round.
Devin Fisher had an 83 for the Wildcats who also got an 88 from Matt Hartford and an 89 from Myles DeStazio.
Aaron Burns and Mathias Michelsen each shot an 83 for St. Joseph Central Catholic, which finished eighth at 367. Collin Spader was two shots back at 85.
Travis Focht led Oak Harbor’s lineup with an 84. Ben Cochran fired an 85, Logan Winke a 95, Rayn Paulico a 98 and Andy Rathbun carded a 99. The Rockets were 11th overall with a team score of 367.
Old Fort got an 86 from Brad Heilman as the Stockaders were 12th at 379.