It was another windy Winchester Invitational golf tournament, but not enough to derail Richmond’s solid performances in 18-hole tournaments this year.
And definitely not to spoil a rare accomplishment for Union County’s Cody Frame.
Richmond’s Matt Sheridan earned medalist honors to lead the Red Devils to their third victory in four invitationals this spring, while Frame aced No. 11 to highlight the Patriots’ third-place performance.
“The wind was horrible,” Richmond coach Ron Murphy said after his Red Devils shot a 321 Saturday. “I was really happy with Matt Sheridan and Geno Pieroni. Drew Barrett shot well on the front, he had a 36.”
Sheridan claimed medalist honors with a 75, while Lincoln’s Eric Underwood was second with a 79 and Pieroni tied for third with Jay County’s Evan Mathias. Both shot 81.
“We worked a lot on keeping his weight back,” Murphy said of Pieroni, adding that the 81 was believed to be a personal best for the junior.
Barrett finished with 82, Jarrett Focht shot 83, Evan Williams 90 and George Chaney 95 for the Red Devils, who also won the Bo Van Pelt and Justin Cross invitationals earlier this year.
Jay County (337) finished second, Union County (345) third, Blackford (357) fourth, Northeastern (368) fifth, Lincoln (373) sixth, New Haven (375) seventh, Union City (382) eighth, Winchester (388) ninth, Muncie South (391) 10th and Union (452) 11th, while Monroe Central had two golfers present.
Matt Frasur carded the team-low 83 for the third-place Patriots, while Frame and Miller shot 86s, Jake Antrim 90 and Tyler Dunn 92.
But one stroke for Frame was all it took to complete No. 11. He aced the shot from about 153 yards out, according to UC coach Tony Gulley, and the Winchester Golf Club presented him with a plaque.
“He was 1-under going into it, then he took a 9 on the next hole,” Gulley said. “He was just a little excited, and who could blame him. I’m very proud of him, just wish the score would have been a little bit better.”
Garrett Schuler had 92, Brayden Reece 87, Broc Hornung 91, Kohl Hoskins 98 and Austin Clay 108 for Northeastern, while Kendall Riggs followed Underwood with a 90 for Lincoln, A.J. Ogle shot 100 and Austin Merida and Ben Bertsch 104s.
“The weather, it wasn’t too cold, but lots of wind out there today,” Lincoln coach Phil Renforth said. “For Eric to shoot 79, which is the low for the year, it was pretty impressive. He played very well for us.”
For Union City, Dylan Doppler had 91, Dewey Whitesel 97, Nate Smith 106, Trevor McLaughlin 95 and Isaac Davison 99.
Brandon Edwards led Winchester with an 88, Aric Miller shot 99, Brandon Morris 97, Joe Webb 107 and Logan Garza 104.
Austin Durham led Union with a 91, Hunter Eviston shot 119, Brendan Byrd 122, Evan Patterson 138 and Matt Tucker 120.
Winchester is the host site for this year’s Tri-Eastern Conference tournament and the TEC has been balanced this year.
The Falcons edged Lincoln earlier this year, and the Patriots, who shared the TEC title with Northeastern in 2013, travel to face both teams this week.
They head right back to Winchester on Monday and play Lincoln at Cambridge City’s Winding Branch Golf Course on Wednesday.
“They (the Patriots) had a decent round and it’s the main thing, you just have to keep improving and keep going from there,” Gulley said.
Winchester travels Tuesday to Hagerstown, Northeastern is at Union City on Thursday and Lincoln travels Friday to Hagerstown.
“Hopefully by the time we play in the conference tournament, it’ll be the third time we play at Winchester,” Renforth said. ” … As far as being on the course, our kids have played it. … Familiarity helps.”