If one thing is certain after the first two weeks of the boys golf season, it’s that nothing is ever for certain in golf.
Centerville’s beaten Union County, Union County’s beaten Lincoln, Lincoln’s beaten Northeastern.
In other words, it’s early.
“Union County beat us by a stroke here … we lost a tough three-stroke match to Winchester, so from the standpoint of where we’re at, it’s early in the year,” Lincoln coach Phil Renforth said after his Golden Eagles finished third at Saturday’s Justin Cross Invitational at the Forest Hills Country Club.
“We’re going to get better and if we can get our 3, 4 and 5 scoring a little bit lower, then we’ve got a chance to make some noise and have a chance to be near the top of the conference by the time we get to the conference tournament.
“I’m real happy with the progress so far, and hopefully, we’ve got some guys that I think will continue to improve.”
Currently atop the Tri-Eastern Conference standings is Centerville, which earned victories over the 2013 co-TEC champions on back-to-back nights last week, beating Union County 166-173 on Tuesday and Northeastern 174-181 Wednesday.
The Knights won the regular-season TEC title in 2013 and the Patriots won the TEC tournament as both teams shared the overall title.
“We see that we’re not where we want to be and we still got a lot of work to do,” Centerville coach Roger Martin said. “We’ve got to work on some things, so when we do come back (to Forest Hills for the sectional), we’re ready to compete again. And I think they will, I think the kids will show up. They’ll put the work in. They’re just those type of kids and we’ll be ready to play on Tuesday and come sectional time. Hopefully we’ll be back to compete with some of these teams that were ahead of us today.”
The Bulldogs travel Tuesday to Hagerstown with a chance to move to 3-0 in TEC duals.
Northeastern rebounded from last week’s loss by defeating Tri High on Friday.
Centerville had the highest finish among TEC teams at the season-opening Bo Van Pelt Invitational, finishing ahead of Lincoln and Northeastern, before beating the Patriots and the Knights.
Winchester is also 2-0 versus TEC opponents, having beaten Union City 179-194 and Lincoln 175-178.
Richmond won the Justin Cross Invitational on Saturday at Forest Hills, the site of this year’s sectional, while Union County was second and Lincoln third, just one stroke behind Union County. Centerville finished seventh.
Richmond will play its first two dual matches on back-to-back road trips after hosting invitationals the first two Saturdays of the season.
The Red Devils travel Wednesday to Union County, before their visit Thursday to Connersville.
Richmond is the reigning sectional champion, while Connersville finished second.
Matt Sheridan’s career-low 69 paced the Red Devils to the sectional title last spring as they bettered a Connersville team that was highly favored entering the tournament.
Connersville won the sectional two years ago after a fifth-player’s score gave them the title, while the individual medalist honor went to former Red Devil Bryce Moore, also via playoff.
“I’m looking forward to seeing them. We’re going to go down there, so we’ve got to play good,” Richmond coach Ron Murphy said Saturday.
Richmond owns a state-best 32 sectional titles. Connersville has seven, with the Spartans winning back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012.
“It will be good to see where we’re at in comparison with them,” senior Drew Barrett said. “It will be nice to get a change of scenery, play their course.”