SALEM — Carrollton, who returned his entire team from a team that finished third in the Division II state meeting last season, repeated as league champions, while West Branch and Marlington were second and third, respectively, in the men’s golf championship. of the Eastern Buckeye Conference on Monday. at Salem Golf Club.
Carrollton won his fourth consecutive EBC crown with a score of 308. West Branch was runner-up with a score of 339, while Marlington was third with a score of 343.
Minerva (388) and Alliance (453), both with youth clubs, finished fourth and sixth respectively in the event that was delayed by morning rain but started two hours late. Host Salem was fifth with a score of 404.
The top four places from each school were counted in the team’s score.
“We’re not upset, but we’re a little disappointed, I think we could have played a little better,” said West Branch coach Frank Edie. “But it’s a difficult course, I think the kids can do a little better, but we’ll be ready for next week [at the sectional at The Elms in Massillon].”
West Branch, who qualified for state four years ago and are hoping to return to Columbus this season in the Second Division, were led by Reed Williams with 83.
“I was a little disappointed, I could have put it a little better,” Williams said. “I was hitting the rider well, I was hitting a lot of greens, it’s just that the greens are so tough here with a lot of slopes and a lot of hills.”
Williams spoke of his goals for the Warriors if they prepare for sectional and district tournament action over the next two weeks.
“I hope the team makes it to the state,” said the West Branch veteran. “That’s what I want and I want us to play the best we can, because if we can, we’re going to state.”
The Warriors’ other players were Jaxon Robb (85), Caleb Votaw (85), Landon Wilson (86), Lane Allison (87) and Dominic Brenner (89).
“We have three youngsters who have never played this course before, just one round of practice, so it’s a new experience for them and they’ve done really well,” added Edie.
Marking Marlington with an excellent day was sophomore Garett Dillon with an 80, while senior teammate Blake Howard followed closely with an 82.
“I thought Garett and Blake played really well,” said Marlington coach Rick Snode. “Those two were pretty solid all day. I think they finished fifth and sixth. [overall].”
Other Marlington golfers were Connor Battershell (86), Sam Yoder (95), Austin McIlvain (100) and Jeremy Toole (112).
“Starting late, the kids had to get up early and we had a two-hour delay, but I think they handled it pretty well,” Snode said. “We still had a bit of a slow start, but I think we played a lot better at the back. I’m very happy with our nine goals; our front nine is a little up and down.”
Alliance, which has just one senior on the team to accompany four sophomores and a freshman, was led by sophomore Ben Craig with 107.
“We have 11 kids on our team and 10 of them have never played before,” said Alliance coach Jeff Graffice. “So I didn’t have a son who played a competitive round of golf [before] and honestly, we’ve improved a lot since we started on August 1st until today.”
The Airmen’s other players were Dylan Nastari (109), Evan Winans (117), Cade Blatt (120), freshman Jacob Smith (122) and Adam Burse (122).
“We have good kids and all you can ask for is improvement and they have it,” Graffice said. “They are training every day and they are improving and five or six are sophomores.”
Leading Minerva was Case Waller senior, who fired an 88.
“He played well,” said Minerva coach Troy Richeson. “He’s had a four-hole stretch he’s been through, but other than that, he’s in the top 10 in the league, which is pretty good.”
The other Lions players were Daniel Smith (94), Aaron Honeycutt (103), Dario Sevek (103) and Jeremiah Smith (103).
“I have three seniors and today we had two sophomores and a freshman [in the lineup],” Richeson said. “Three of them didn’t see it [course]. It’s a tough hike, let alone a tough course to play in general when you haven’t seen it.”