Don’t tell Woodmore’s Alex Gedert it’s time to go back to school.
Gedert 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 golf season. The Wildcat senior shot a 1-over 72 to tie for the overall low score as Woodmore took fourth — firing a top-four score of 332 — on Monday at the 14-team Ralph Hohenstein Classic played at Green Hills Golf Course.
Gedert, who won four times this summer in Lake Erie Junior Golf Association events, battled Clyde’s Luke Hohenstein (Ralph’s grandson) in a sudden death playoff for medalist honors. However, a missed five-foot putt 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.
“I played good,” Gedert said. “I played real good this summer in junior golf events and it’s really carried over. I’ve been playing like this in both tournaments we’ve played thus far, so I hope to keep it going.”
Devin Fisher had an 83 for the Wildcats who also got an 88 from Matt Hartford and an 89 from Myles DeStazio. Jake Greenhill was fifth on the team with a 105.
Woodmore lost four first-team all-Northern Buckeye Conference players from last year’s league championship squad, including Mikayla Baer (now golfing at Bowling Green State Unviersity), Ty Burner (now golfing at Tiffin University), Paul Makulinski (now golfing at Lourdes College) and Matt Zatko.
“We’d love to win the league again,” Gedert said. “It’s going to be a long haul this year, but we’re very capable of doing good things. We’ve been right there in contention in both tournaments thus far.”
While Woodmore is looking to continue its tradition, new Oak Harbor coach Rob Schimmoeller is trying to get the Rockets on the Sandusky Bay Conference map. The program has had plenty of struggles over the years and seen its fair share of coaches come and go.
Travis Focht led Oak Harbor’s lineup with an 84 on Monday. 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.
Bellevue won the overall team title with a 305. Perkins shot a 315 to take second-place and Huron was third at 316.