WOODWARD — The Woodward-Granger golfers hosted five teams for the annual Hawk Boys Invitational Thursday, with ADM edging Ballard by one stroke to win the team competition.
The Tigers fired a strong score of 153 to nip the Bombers, who finished at 154. Perry was third at 168, with the Panorama JV reporting a 175, W-G a 180 and Madrid a 186.
Ballard’s Nash Bucher won a tiebreaker over ADM’s Joe Vest for top individual honors after both fired even-par rounds of 35. ADM’s Brody Boston was third with a 37, with Perry’s Noah Wilkening and ADM’s Ben Sandquist both turning in cards of 38.
“Noah had another very good round,” Perry head coach Nick Fields said. “Will (Whiton) put together a nice round after struggling the last couple of meets and Connor (Nielsen) is starting to come around.”
Whiton was second for Perry with a 41, with Nielsen shooting a 44. The team counted either Jack Brosnahan or Kade VanKirk’s identical circuits of 45 for the fourth and final team-scoring card, with a 52 from Zach Roberts not tabulated.
“As a team we need to get better around the green and also need to learn to stay focused for the entire round,” Field added. “We have a tendency to play bad the last couple of holes we play. With that being said I think we are heading in the right direction.”
Wilkening had four pars in his nine holes, with Nielsen, VanKirk and Whiton tallying three pars apiece while Brosnahan and Roberts recorded one par each. No Bluejay golfer was able to convert a birdie.
Head coach David Combs had five of his six golfers score in the 40s, with Nick Brummond leading the charge on a card of 43. Brady Aunspach and Hunter Pierce both provided scores of 45, with Austin Ober shooting a 47. Jordan Pierce (49) and Lane Kooiker (54) did not have their scores used for the team total.
Aunspach had two pars, with one par apiece for each of the remaining Hawks save Hunter Pierce, who played consistently while shooting his 45 on eight bogeys and one double-bogey.
Reed Cobb was the low golfer for Panorama with a 39, with a 42 from Aaron Spelling the low round for Madrid.
W-G BOYS INVITATIONAL
at Woodward, April 16
Team Standings — 1. ADM, 153; 2. Ballard, 154; 3. Perry, 168; 4. Panorama JV, 175; 5. Woodward-Granger, 180; 6. Madrid, 186.
Top Individuals — 1. Bucher, BAL, 35; 2. Vest, 35, ADM; 3. Boston, 37, ADM; 4. Wilkening, 38, PRY; 5. Sandquist, ADM, 38.
Team Scoring (Four lowest used for team total)
ADM (153) — Vest, 35; Boston, 37; Sandquist, 38; Schumacher, 43; Herron, 43; Meyer, 46.
BAL (154) — Bucher, 35; S. Fitchko, 39; Jensen, 39; Baumhover, 41; A. Fitchko, 43; Schaeffer, 47.
PRY (168) — Wilkening, 38; Whiton, 41; Nielsen, 44; Brosnahan, 45; VanKirk, 45; Roberts, 52.
PAN (175) — Cobb, 39; Simmons, 44; Kuta, 46; Wagler, 46; Steiner, 47; Van Houten, 49.
W-G (180) — Brummond, 43; Aunspach, 45; H. Pierce, 45; Ober, 47; J. Pierce, 49; Kooiker, 54.
MAD (186) — Spelling, 42; Lowe, 45; Houseman, 49; Zander, 50; Meeker 54, Rigby, 62.