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by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
It has been a work in progress for the Tallmadge boys golf team thus far.
Unfortunately, the Blue Devils regressed a bit Aug. 29.
Tallmadge dropped its Suburban League American Conference debut Aug. 29 at Oak Knolls Golf Club in Kent.
Kent Roosevelt earned a 183-214 win over the Blue Devils.
Jake Pallotta led Tallmadge (1-3, 0-1) with a 50 and Noah Bowser and Austin Moore shot scores of 52 and 53, respectively. Brandon Gray completed the team scoring for the Blue Devils with a 59.
The Rough Riders' Kyle Smith earned medalist honors with a 44.
"Oak Knolls is a brutally long layout from the blue tees, almost 7,000 yards for 18 holes," Tallmadge head coach Jon Shomo said. "
No one on either team had a great time of it. Our young guys are not physically capable of playing that length.
"We have to learn and go back to trying to get better. A couple of guys are thinking too much about mechanics on the course, an affliction Jack Nicklaus calls analysis paralysis. Sometimes, you just have to go out and play golf."
The host Blue Devils lost to Western Reserve Academy Aug. 25 at Maplecrest Golf Club in Kent.
The Pioneers earned a 157-176 victory over Tallmadge.
Bowser led the Blue Devils with a 1-under-par 34 to earn medalist honors. He made four birdies.
"A fantastic round by Noah," Shomo said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't back it up with another really good round or two."
The Pioneers were led by junior Kevin Escott and senior Michael Pamer. Both players shot a 38.
Also competing for Tallmadge were Moore (47), who had an eagle on the fourth hole, Gray (47) and Jake Reifsnyder (48), who played in his first varsity match.
"Reif played well for his first taste of varsity action," Shomo said. "We talked after the round about where we are as a team. We are showing improvement.
"There are more good shots, but right now, our bad ones are atrocious, costing us two to three shots each.
"Once our bad shots are not as bad, we will take another step toward where we want to go. We need to do better and pay attention to short putts."
The Blue Devils were scheduled to entertain Suburban League American Conference rival Copley Sept. 1 at 3:10 p.m.
They are set to visit American Conference foe Barberton Sept. 8 at Barberton Brookside Country Club in Norton. Play is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.