Boys fall to Highland
on the links
The host Tallmadge boys golf team fell to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the Suburban League American Conference after losing to Highland Sept. 14 at Maplecrest Golf Course in Kent.
The Hornets improved to 4-0 in the conference with a 158-188 victory.
Highland's Carson Wirebaugh earned medalist honors with a 38.
Noah Bowser led the Blue Devils with a 44 and teammate Jake Pallotta contributed a 46.
Rounding out the team scoring for Tallmadge were Austin Moore, Brandon Gray and Jake Kanatzar, who each shot a 49.
"We had balanced, good scores across the board," Blue Devils head coach Jon Shomo said. "The Blue Devils all started poorly on the first three holes, then mostly righted the ship on holes four through nine.
"We are not hitting greens in regulation. Out of 45 opportunities to do so, we hit four total. Our putting/chipping continues to improve. All five players had between 13 and 17 putts."
Tallmadge earned a 2-12-12 win over former Suburban League rival Cloverleaf in match play Sept. 13 at Westfield Country Club in Westfield Center.
Moore and Gray earned a 1-up win and Jake Reifsnyder and Kanatzar posted a 1-up victory for the Blue Devils. The team of Bowser and Pallotta tied their opponents to earn one half of a point.
"It was an interesting match with an exciting finish at the beautiful Westfield Country Club South Course," Shomo said.
"In match one, the Blue Devil pairing of Noah Bowser and Jake Pallotta won the last two holes to pull off a half.
"Both Blue Devils parred the eighth hole and Bowser's par coupled with a three-footer missed by the Colts resulted in the tie.
"Match two saw Austin Moore and Brandon Gray ahead by two with three to play. The Colt duo rallied to win holes seven and eight before Moore made a clutch eight-footer for a match-winning par on No. 9.
"In the final match, the teams were all square after eight. Jake Kanatzar put his tee shot on the par three on the green, but 50 feet away. A three-putt bogey stood up as the Colts could only muster a pair of fives.
"We accomplished our goal of being more competitive. I believe the match-play format lends itself to that somewhat, but we saw more competitive fire from our guys."
Tallmadge finished 24th with a score of 412 at the Wooster General Invitational Sept. 12 at Wooster Country Club.
Dublin Jerome won the competition with a score of 293 and Ashland and Olentangy Liberty both shot a 301.
Dublin Jerome's Jack Herceg earned medalist honors with a 4-under-par 68.
Bowser led the Blue Devils with a score of 90 and Pallotta (103), Moore (107) and Liam Tokash (117) rounded out the team scoring for Tallmadge.
"It was a tremendous field," Shomo said. "Our guys represented Tallmadge well in terms of sportsmanship, taking care of the course, respecting the game and its rules and keeping themselves under control, all of which are very important to us as coaches.
"What we didn't do well as a team was compete. Trying is different than really competing. We try very hard but are not at the real competing stage yet.
"We played with the champs, the Celtics of Dublin Jerome, as well as solid programs, Wooster and Lake. That intimidated us a bit, instead of moving us up a level.
"We missed shots badly, turning bogeys into triples. We will continue to put in the work to improve, but it was a step in the wrong direction."
The Blue Devils posted a 191-193 win over American Conference for Barberton Sept. 7 at Barberton Brookside Country Club in Norton.
Pallotta led the way with a 42 to share medalist honors with Barberton's Jayden Morgan.
Bowser was next for Tallmadge with a 42. Also contributing for the Blue Devils were Gray (51) and Moore (53).
"All of the players on both teams deserve a lot of credit for battling a tough course under fairly dire weather conditions," Shomo said. "We did have rain at times, but never had any thunder or lightning. The wind direction changed about three times as well.
"It was a really good round by Jake Pallotta. A 42 there [Sept. 7] is probably the equivalent of high 30s most places on most days. Noah salvaged his score by only needing 12 putts on the treacherous greens at Brookside."
Tallmadge was scheduled to entertain American Conference rival Revere Sept. 20 at 3:10 p.m.
The Blue Devils are set to play American Conference foe Aurora Sept. 22 at Barrington Golf Club. Play is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
The Tallmadge High School girls soccer team is offering "Big Sister, Little Sister," which is scheduled for Sept. 19 at the Summit County Fairgrounds.
The soccer clinic, which will feature members of the Lady Blue Devils' varsity team, is set to take place at 7 p.m.
For details, visit www.tallmadgesoccer.com.