HINCKLEY TWP. — With four new starters, Brunswick’s boys golf team couldn’t have asked for a better beginning at the Brunswick Tee-Off Classic.
Led by a 4-over-par 76 from senior Joey Bachman and a very complementary 77 from sophomore Justin Roth, the Blue Devils shot 318 and rolled to an 11-stroke victory over Chardon on Monday at Pine Hills Golf Club.
It marked the first time in coach Jon Laube’s 11-year tenure that Brunswick won its own tournament. The last time the Blue Devils won the event was 1973, when they shot a 340 to best a 10-school field and Bill Eyssen was team medalist with an 80.
“I was really happy when I came in and saw we shot 318,” said Bachman, who lost a four-way playoff for medalist honors to Uniontown Lake’s Jake McBride. “It’s a fresh team. I wasn’t expecting such a great (score). We won our tee-off classic and it’s amazing to be a part of it.”
As usual, the 18-team field was wide open. Toss in another humid day and a pair of light showers and the scores only went higher — the average was 359 — but the Blue Devils managed to keep things reasonable on their home course.
Just a sophomore, Roth was big in his varsity debut. So, too, were No. 4 man Jared Toom (83) and No. 5 Alex Hughes (82), as they came through with the deciding scores.
That’s what impressed Laube the most as his team heads to LaGrange today for the Keystone Invitational and the loaded Walker-Jones Classic on Wednesday.
“All of the scores were high today, so I was really surprised and pleased with the way we handled the conditions,” Laube said.
Bachman and Highland’s Steve Schniegenberg (76) were also pleased despite losing the playoff.
The duo joined McBride by playing their first two shots on the par-4 first hole by the book. Each hit the fairway and stuck their approach to within five feet, but Bachman pushed his birdie putt to the right and was eliminated. Solon’s David Rudary sliced his drive and was immediately out of contention.
That left McBride and Schniegenberg, who won a playoff at the Sweetbriar Division I Sectional last October, on the notorious par-4 18th. Schniegenberg left his approach short and had to scramble, allowing McBride to narrowly miss on a very long, bending putt and tap in for the win.
“I’m very happy about today,” Schniegenberg said. “I just wanted to come out and put up a good number and I did. It was unfortunate I lost in a playoff.”
Led by its senior leader, Highland finished eighth with a 351. Ryan Scherler fired an 81 in his varsity debut.
Wadsworth (348), the only experienced Medina County team at the event, was a little bit better in seventh place. Ethan Reynolds led the Grizzlies with an 83, while Tony Hogan added an 85.
Cloverleaf (399) took 17th, with sophomore Rob Schiesswohl’s 93 leading the way.
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