AVON — It’s been a very good year so far for Alex Treuel of Elyria.
Next Wednesday, at Thunderbird Hills North in Huron, he’s primed to make it even better. That’s where the Division I sectional golf tournament will be held in the first step toward next month’s state tournament in Columbus.
On Saturday, Treuel tuned up with an impressive par round 71 for medalist honors in the prestigious Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Tournament at Bob-O-Link, topping the best local golfers of all divisions.
The LCAAA the only tournament that allows all area golfers to compete on one course.
In team play, Midview shot a sizzling 299 to unseat defending champion Avon Lake, as all five Middies shot in the 70s on the Red and White nines. Avon Lake and Elyria tied for runnerup at 303, a score usually good enough to win in major tournaments. Amherst (306) and Elyria Catholic (312) rounded out the top five.
Treuel edged Ian Suszka of Vermilion and Matt Schneider of Amherst, who each shot 72, and Bryan Yeo of Keystone and Matt Gregory of Firelands, who each shot 73.
It was Treuel’s sixth victory in eight 18-hole tournaments this fall as he has been consistently the best area prep golfer. Last year, in the LCAAA tourney, he also was medalist at 72, but lost the trophy on the fifth hole of a playoff.
He shot a 70 in the sectional in 2006 to qualify for the district but failed in the second round to advance to state.
“I hit my driver really well today, and that has me excited about going to the sectional,” Treuel said. “It was pretty cold this morning and it took me a while to get warmed up.”
Treuel started in the shotgun tee off on the Red layout’s ninth hole and by the time he got back to the Red first hole he was hot, parring seven holes in a row.
“I had three birdies and three bogeys, the rest all pars,” said Treuel. “I sank a 25-footer for bird on the White ninth and five footers on the seventh at White and eighth on Red.”
The team story was all Midview. The Middies had 74s by Jay Overy and Louis Elbert, 75 by Brad Weaver, 76 by Jared Linden and 77 by Ryan Dale. Only the low four scores count for the team total, so it is very unusual for a 77 not counting in any tournament. Seven teams didn’t have a single player with that low a score.
“Everybody put it together today,” said Midview coach Randy Camp of his team’s lowest score this season. “But there were no surprises. All these guys are capable of good scores.”
If Midview can repeat that kind of shooting in the sectional at Thunderbird Hills, the Middies will almost surely advance to the district — with a shot at qualifying for state. But Camp is making no predictions.
“There are a lot of unknowns in the sectional because we’ll be going against teams we’ve never played before,” he said.
“This was definitely the best we’ve shot as a team this year,” said Midview’s usual number-one golfer Jay Overy. “Our previous low was 305. I started out rough today with five bogeys on the front nine. But I settled down and rallied, getting birdies on my last two holes. I had three birdies for the round, on the White ninth and eight and nine on the Red. Overall, I drove pretty well today, but I didn’t chip or putt very well.”
After a chilly start, the weather warmed up, and it turned out to be a perfect day for golf under sunny skies and little wind as evident by 26 golfers breaking 80.
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Midview 299 (Jay Overy and Louis Elbert 74), Elyria 303 (Alex Treuel 71), Avon Lake 303 (James Swan 74), Amherst 306 (Matt Schneider 72), Elyria Catholic 312 (Colin Coughlin 74), Firelands 317 (Matt Gregory 73), Wellington 322 (Blake Sword 74), Keystone 326 (Bryan Yeo 73), Avon 328 (Brad Meissner 79), North Ridgeville 336 (Zak Narowitz 78), Lorain Admiral King 338 (Matt Comer and Cody Buckholz 79), Vermilion 338 (Ian Suszka 72), North Ridgeville Lake Ridge Academy 345 (Leo Park 82), Black River 354 (Matt Stuart 82), Columbia 368 (Jerry Karl 76), Lorain Southview 397 (Randy Schumaker and John Uszak 91), Elyria Open Door 425 (Eric Mann 99).
Alex Treuel, Elyria, 34-37—71, Ian Suszka, Vermilion, 35-37—72, Matt Schneider, Amherst, 36-36—72, Bryan Yeo, Keystone, 36-37—73, Matt Gregory, Firelands, 35-38—73, Andrew Northeim, Firelands, 35-39—74, Blake Sword, Wellington, 37-37—74, Matt Jones, Amherst, 36-38—74, Jay Overy, Midview, 34-40—74, James Swan, Avon Lake, 36-38—74, Louis Elbert, Midview, 36-38—74, Colin Coughlin, Elyria Catholic, 36-38—74,Cameron Bote, Elyria, 37-38—75, Jeff Knepper, Keystone, 38-37—75, Jeff Ickes, Avon Lake, 37-38—75, Tory Stewart, Elyria, 35-41—76, Ryan Polk, Elyria Catholic, 37-39—76, Brian Mielcusny, Avon Lake, 37-39—76, Jerry Karl, Columbia, 38-38—76, Kenny Natterer, Wellington, 39-38—77, Zak Narowitz, North Ridgeville, 38-40—78, Reilly Bates, Avon Lake, 38-40—78, Matt Comer, Lorain Admiral King 38-41—79, Cody Buckholz, Lorain Admiral King 40-39—79, Brad Meissner, Avon, 39-40—79, Adam Beach, Vermilion, 38-41—79.