Victory eluded the Gibsonburg golf team during Thursday’s match with Cardinal Stritch at Sycamore Hills.
However, fourth-year coach Sam Weigman saw plenty of silver linings to take away from his squad’s Toledo Area Athletic Conference season opener.
Alex Gibson and Adam Neeb each shot an 8-over 43 to pace the Golden Bears, who totaled a respectable team score of 177 — three strokes shy of the Cardinals — in one of Gibsonburg’s best matches in the program’s recent memory.
“Today was an encouraging sign for the season because when you look at our scores from last season today would’ve been one of the lowest scores we shot,” Weigman said. “Hopefully, that’s a sign of good things to come.”
Neeb had a nice birdie on the par-4, No. 6 driving to the 100-yard marker, before hitting his approach shot within four feet of the hole.
“It was great to see Adam and Alex have a good round,” Weigman said. “John (Gibson) has had good rounds in practice, as has Cyrus Foos.
“Now, it’s just a matter of getting everyone to do that on the same day. I’m excited for when that happens.”
Gibsonburg was 2-4 in TAAC play last season, good enough for fifth place.
Cardinal Stritch’s Brandon Payeff was Thursday’s medalist, firing a round of 5-over par 40.
John Gibson fired a 44 for the Golden Bears, Gabe Hickman a 47 and Donovan Mominee shot 55 to round out the scoring.
Hickman, a senior, is a first-year player.
“He’d never played golf up until a couple months ago,” said Weigman of Hickman, who has been a standout on the baseball diamond for coach Kyle Rase. “That was definitely a pleasant surprise to see him shot a 47 today.”
The thunderstorm on July 10 wreaked havoc on the grounds at Sycamore Hills. Trees that once lined its fairways were covering them, as the course was forced to shut down business a number of days for clean up.
“The greens were in excellent shape,” Weigman said. “You could tell where their was wind damage, but the course itself was in great shape. You can tell they put a lot of work into it.”