Coshocton’s Gage Bosson putts at Zanesville Country Club on Monday.
ZANESVILLE – Coshocton golf coach Kevin Kittell described the first two weeks of his team’s season as “goofy.”
“We’ve shot some good scores, and we’ve shot some scores that I didn’t expect to see from us this year,” he said.
Monday was an example of the latter. The Redskins fired 354, which put them in third place in the Gray Division after the first round of the East Central Ohio League tournament at par-72 Zanesville Country Club.
Alex Wright’s league-best 74 helped propel Claymont to first place with 331, followed by Meadowbrook (343), Coshocton (354), River View (380) and Rosecrans (543).
The final round will take place Sept. 17 at par-72 River Greens, where the team scores from each round will be combined to determine division champions. Individual all-league honors also will be determined the same way.
Luke Sutton shot an 85 to lead the Redskins, followed by Gage Bosson’s 86, Patrick Brouse’s 89 and Thomas Gauerke’s 94. Jake Glasure (99) and Jacob George (113) did not factor into the scoring for Coshocton.
Jake Moore had an 87 to lead the Black Bears, followed closely by Kyle Daugherty’s 89. Josh Noe added a 101 and Bradley Conkling a 103 to round out the counted scores. Jayden Kelley’s 112 and Cole Bennett’s 114 were not used.
Kittell thinks the recent struggles have been partly because of the challenging courses the team has played during the past few weeks, such as Royal American Links in Galena, Hocking Hills Golf Course and Monday’s first round at Zanesville Country Club.
“We have been getting beat up pretty good and I think that has hurt our confidence somewhat,” he said. “But hopefully we can do some different things to get that confidence back and each player can work out the other kinks in (his) game.”
Despite the overall disappointment of Monday’s finish, Kittell understands there is a long way to go this season. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.
“It’s still possible to win an ECOL title, but with a steady Claymont team at the top it’s not very probable,” he said. “We just need to focus on getting better over the next month so we are at the top of our game for the sectional tournament.”
In the Scarlet Division, Marietta’s Jeffery Hensler shot a 76 to help his team to a division-leading 328. Zanesville is five shots back at 333, followed by Dover (357), New Philadelphia (369) and Cambridge (380).