If only Bellevue’s Isaac Hartley could redo the first couple holes in his rounds, he’d be a happy golfer.
“I always start off bad,” said Hartley, who earned second-team honors at Monday’s Port Clinton Golf Classic shooting a 5-over 77 to tie for sixth overall in a field that featured 21 schools at the Catawba Island Club. “The first few holes I went par, double bogey, bogey, then almost got a hole-in-one on my fourth hole (No. 9), which I hit two feet above the hole and tapped in for birdie, only to follow it up with another birdie at No. 10.”
Bellevue finished fourth as a team with a four-man total of 335. Dylan DeWitt carded an 83 for the Redmen, Thomas Pressler shot an 87 and Ryan Wilburn an 88.
Lakewood St. Edward earned the overall team title with a new tournament record score of 303. The Eagles were paced by tournament medalist Dannz Zahn, who carded a 1-over 73.
Parma Padua was second at 318 and Perkins third at 332. Clyde took seventh at 347, Woodmore was eighth at 354, Margaretta placed 13th at 372, Oak Harbor 15th at 373 and St. Joseph Central Catholic was 16th at 375.
“I had a lot of good birdie chances today,” Hartley said. “I lipped out a ton of putts. On the last hole, I missed a 4-foot birdie putt for a 76.”
Hartley tallied two birdies, 10 pars, five bogeys and a double bogey during his round. It was his second time leading the Redmen in tournament play this fall. Back on Aug. 12, Hartley tied Wilburn for a team-low 75 as Bellevue won Clyde’s Ralph Hohenstein Classic with a 305.
“We’ve been saying, ‘hopefully, this is our year,'” Hartley said. “Last year we made it to districts as a team. This year, anything less than making it to state would be a disappointment for us.”
Leading the Fliers with an 83 was Luke Hohenstein. Zach Rieman added an 84 for Clyde and Brett Combs and Tristen Pocock each carded a 90.
Alex Gedert earned second-team all-tournament honors for Woodmore with a 79. Rounding out the scoring for the Wildcats was Devin Fisher with an 87, Myles DeStazio with a 93, while Jake Greenhill and Matt Hartford each tallied a 95.
Margaretta’s top scores came from Austin Spicer and Logan Brauer, who each fired an 83. Oak Harbor’s Travis Focht led the Rockets with an 82. Logan Winke and Ryan Pavilca had a 93 and 95 respectively for the Rockets.
Collin Spader’s 89 was tops for SJCC, which also got a 92 from Aaron Burns, a 95 from Mathias Michelsen and a 99 from Christian Smith.