JOHNSTOWN — The Centerburg golf team finally broke through.
After finishing second twice at the Utica Invitational, the Trojans broke through Wednesday, posting a 319 to win the 11-team tournament at The Links at Echo Springs. Heath finished second, three shots back at 322.
“We’ve been here twice, so it’s nice to win one,” said Centerburg coach Nate Altizer. “A 319 is a good score. We didn’t play too bad. Obviously, Garrison (Myles) and Troy (Lemke) both had pretty good days.”
The Trojans’ two-headed monster of Myles and Lemke were the top two individuals, as Lemke won medalist honors with a 72 and Myles just one shot behind at 73. Both played the back nine at Echo Springs better, as each posted a 1-under-par score of 35. Myles saved par on the final hole after a nice shot out of the tall grass.
Centerburg also got 87s from both Nich Pitzer and Austin Garber. Garber also had a much better back nine, posting a 1-over-par 37 after firing a 50 on the front nine.
“I wish I could tell you what happened with Austin,” Altizer said. “Nich was a little higher than he’d like, but our three through six guys were OK. That’s where we need to improve.”
Cody Burke fired an 89 and Cole Metcalf a 94 in non-scoring rounds for the Trojans.
River View came in third as a team, shooting a 326, followed by Johnstown (337), Lakewood (345), Danville (357), Utica (360), East Knox (368), Northridge (393), Centennial (450) and Fredericktown (488).
Danville had consistent scores throughout its lineup, with each player cutting strokes on the back nine. Nate Zeune shot 86 to lead the Devils. Devin Pressley fired an 88, followed by Davis Culler (91), Brandon Crawford (92), Molly Mickley (93) and Dakota Cayner (95).
Utica also improved on the back nine, shooting 174 as a team. Austin Neff fired an 83 to lead the Redskins. Jent Dassylva carded an 86, followed by Joel Swick (92), Jacob Daubenmire (99), David Rife (100) and Mark Henderson (111).
“I thought we’d play a little better at our home course. It’s a little frustrating, but always a learning experience,” said Utica coach Brian White. “I think we could be competitive if we shot up to our potential. That’s where I’ve stressed with them — each one of them have the potential to be good.
“I thought this was a good invitational. It ran pretty smoothly. I’m thankful to the links for hosting us.”
East Knox was led by Brice Emler, who fired an 88, which included a 41 on the back nine. Justin Hay came in at 91, followed by Cody Noble (92), Derek Walters (97) and Robert Slobodan (107).
Fredericktown was led by Justin Snyder, who shot a 108. Clay Riley (121), Josh Slusser (129), Seth Robinson (130), Kyle Jones (134) and Cody Vermillion (144) were the other scores.
All five of the area schools will be back at it today, playing in the Mid-Buckeye Conference tournament at Clover Valley Golf Club. The first tee times were 11 a.m.
“I think we’re ready. We’re excited to play (today). This (Utica Invitational) was a good tune-up, so we could see how good we are as a team,” Altizer said.