WOODWARD — For the first time this season, the weather conditions were perfect for hitting the links Thursday, and the boys golf teams form ADM, Ballard, Madrid and Perry did just that at the 18-hole W-G Hawk Invitational.
Ballard had the low combined team score, making two circuits of the Woodward Golf Club in 309 strokes. ADM fired a 316 and W-G a 349, with Perry carding in at 351 and Madrid at 367.
Jacob Schumacher and Micah Moyer of ADM claimed the top two individual spots with rounds of 72 and 73, respectively. Aiden (75) and Sage (76) Fitchko of Ballard were third and fourth, with Perry’s Noah Wilkening rounding out the list of medalists with a score of 78 on the par-70 circuit.
The host Hawks were led by Austin Ober’s round of 80, which included three pars and three birdies. Jordan Pierce had six pars in shooting an 84, with four pars helping Brady Aunspach post an 89 while Nick Brummond carded a 90 with one par. Rounds of 98 from Hunter Pierce and of 104 from Dan Johnson were not used for the W-G team total.
Kade VanKirk fired an 87 for the Perry, with Ryan Rathje providing a 92 and Tanner Duffy a 94. Luke Rathje (95) and Tanner Darr (97) also played for the Bluejays.
Wilkening had eight pars and a pair of birdies, with VanKirk and Ryan Rathje each tallying five pars while Duffy had three holes on which he scored par.
“Noah had a good day getting fifth,” Perry head coach Nick Field said. “Kade also played pretty good. His front nine was not real good, but he came back strong with a good back nine. As a whole team we are slowly improving with every meet, which is what we are looking for.”
Grant Curran (85) and Adam O’Connor (86) joined Schumacher and Moyer in scoring for ADM, with Noah Hartman and Nick Baumhover both shooting 79 to join the Fitchko brothers in scoring for Ballard, as the Bombers had all four scorers under 80 strokes.
Aaron Spelling had an 82 to lead Madrid, with C.J. Lowe (94), Acey Zander (94) and Cole Houseman (97) also scoring for the Tigers.
Kolby Jensen (80) and Lane Scheffer (81) had their scores discarded by Ballard, Matthew West (94) and Will Geadleman (98) had their rounds unused by ADM, with Madrid not calculating the 97 from Jake Meeker or the 105 from Cole Rigby.