The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys golf team was unable to take advantage of its home course advantage as it suffered a two-stroke loss to the Elida Bulldogs in a Western Buckeye League dual match Monday at Wapakoneta Country Club.
Elida defeated the Redskins 175-177.
“When you play at home, you have to win at home to have a chance at the WBL title,” Wapak coach Ken Wayman said. “I tell the kids every stroke counts in a golf match. We can never assume we are out of a match. We have to always grind it out and play smart golf.
“Today, we gave away to many strokes on silly mental mistakes. We can’t have a bad hole and play the next hole just as bad or worse. If we do that, we will lose more than win a golf match.”
Wapak golfers turned in the top two individual scores. Caleb Acheson was medalist with a 39. And Drew Wayman shot a 40.
Bobby Crow turned in a 48 for Wapak, followed by Aaron Johnson and Marshall Gerlach, both at 50. Josh Apple carded a 54.
Elida’s Ian Handle scored a team-high 41.
It was the WBL opener for both teams.
Perry 174, W-G 192,
WAYNESFIELD — The Commodores came out on top in a Northwest Central Conference tri-match Monday at Prairie View Golf Course.
Eric Shaner fired a team-best 45 for Waynesfield-Goshen. Garrett Hauenstein turned in a 48. Justus Ball carded a 49. And Ryan Agnew shot a 50 to round out the scoring for the Tigers.
Perry’s Brey Buetner earned medalist honors with a 39. Ben Roof recorded a 53 to lead Ridgemont.
Wapak 4, Elida 1
ELIDA — The Redskins remained unbeaten on the season with the win at Elida.
Wapak’s Makenzie Klock won 6-1, 6-0 in first singles.
Shelby Gillespie gave the Redskins a 7-6, 7-5 win in second singles.
In third singles, Wapak’s Annie Harrod posted a 6-0, 6-0 shutout.
The Redskins’ fourth point came in second doubles as Chloe Veit and Carly Buzzard came out on top 6-1, 6-3.
Wapak’s only loss came in a three-set duel, with Katie Martin and Kirsten Wellons falling 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Wapak is now 4-0 on the season.