ELYRIA — Hopefully Westlake saved some room in its new high school for extra trophy cases because the Demons are adding to their hardware collection on a daily basis.
Westlake made it three wins in three tournaments this season, besting Avon and Elyria by 11 strokes Wednesday to win the Pioneer Invitational with a score of 304.
Sophomore Patrick Steffen, a transfer from Copley High School, took medalist honors with a 1-over par 71, playing Forest Hills Golf Course for the first time.
“I was hitting the fairways and making putts. It was a great day,” Steffen said. “It was the first time I have ever played this course but when you’ve played for a while it’s easier to adjust to new course. You just have to go out and play the game.”
Steffen finished one stroke ahead of Elyria’s Dylan Edgell, who shot a 2-over 72. Steffen’s older brother, Frank, a Westlake senior, was one of two golfers that shot 75.
“We are both very competitive with each other,” the younger Steffen said. “It’s a lot of motivation for both of us to make ourselves better players to try and beat each other. We have a young team this year and it’s been perfect timing for us to be able to step up and make the team better.”
Another new face that added to Westlake’s prize haul was freshman Nick Wilson, who shot a 12-over 82, but won the longest drive award for a 290-yard tee shot on No. 10.
“All of these guys are new. None of the guys who are giving us the good scores were here last year,” Demons coach Brandon Zepp said. “It’s been a great start to the season. The first day of tryouts I came home and told my wife, ‘These guys are pretty good.’ I am very blessed. These guys do all the work and make my job easy.”
Another freshman, Jules Blakely, rounded out the Westlake scoring with a 6-over par 76.
Avon and Elyria finished with identical scores of 315, the Eagles winning the tie breaker on the basis of No.1 golfer Ryan Sikora’s 78.
Edgell, the No. 3 man in the Pioneers’ lineup, said the team was happy with its performance in the home event.
“I was coming out looking to score low and I’m happy with a 72,” Edgell said. “We’re happy to finish third as a team. Westlake is a good team. They are tough to beat. We’re just looking to keep improving, keep playing hard and continue to work on our game.”
Alex Tomko led the Eagles with a 5-over 75.
A day after winning medalist honors at the Grey Hawk Invitational, North Ridgeville’s Garrett Orseno finished with a 73 to help the Rangers to a fourth-place finish with a 320. His teammate Dennis Millgard also put up one of the best scores of the day with a 78.
Vermilion edged out Midview by one stroke 335-336 for fifth place in the 15-team event.
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Westlake 304, Avon 315, Elyria 315, North Ridgeville 320, Vermilion 335, Midview 336, Valley Forge 338, Bay 339, Normandy 349, Fairview 360, Keystone 362, Lake Ridge 364, Firelands 377, Parma 379, Elyria Catholic 434.
Medalist: Patrick Steffen, Westlake, 71.
Top Finishers: Dylan Edgell, Elyria, 72; Garrett Orseno, North Ridgeville, 73; Alex Tomko, Avon, 75; Frank Steffen, Westlake, 75; Jules Blakely, Westlake, 76; Dennis Millgard, North Ridgeville, 78; Ryan Sikora, Avon, 78; Jack Kyle, Bay, 79.
Avon (315): Ryan Sikora 78, Alex Tomko 75, Vince Mingo 78, Nick DiFilippo 86, Matt Jones 88, Mike Collins 84.
Bay (339): Jack Kyle 79, Kevin Keefe 86, Dom Muccio 84, Josiah Strack 90, Don Milkar 95, Nathan Strack 95.
Elyria (315): Mat McFredrick 80, Ben Haywood 81, Dylan Edgell 72, Zack Demarco 93, Alex Csizmadia 82, Zack Schuster 90.
Keystone (362): Bradley Clanin 92, Jacob Bowers 82, Aaron Bradnik 88, Blake Benko 100, Sam Sherlock 119.
Lake Ridge (364): Ryan McCarthy 88, Roger Packham 82, Donny Fulop 99, Jacob Belardo 95, Harry Cole 120.
Midview (336): Justin Quarm 89, Ethan Large 86, Kyle Warner 90, Ryan Miller 80, Nick Matcham 81, Brett Ward 95.
Valley Forge (338): Jon Klinc 80, Nick Adams 78, Steve Newbould 86, Ryan Wypasek 95, Nick Maglic 94, Tommy Sepik 129.
Vermilion (335): Patrick Sexton 87, Zach Tolson 85, Scott Lear 86, Trevor Keisman 83, Tom Pena 81, Dominic Cerrone 88.
Westlake (304): Frank Steffen 75, Nick Wilson 82, Patrick Steffen 71 , Jules Blakely 76, Charlie Baddour 91, Maz Prexta 90.
Elyria Catholic (434): Brandon Netzel 105, Will Gentry 100, Kyle Horvatich 125, Leo Walsh 129, Bailey Terrell 117, Jacob Ritzic 112.
Fairview (360): Tyler Cain 83, Mike Wazavich 94, Jack Brousek 93, Tom Sabo 90, Justin Sassano 102, Chris Corrigan 103.
Firelands (377): Mitch Hildebrandt 90, Brandon Palmer 84, Jarod Keets 103, Connor Price 100, Kyle Hieb 132.
North Ridgeville (320): Dennis Millgard 78, Garrett Orseno 73, Dan Musci 85, Nick Bogner 94, Gorden Goodman 85 , Tyler Gannon 84.
Normandy (349): Ken O’Donnell 85, Alex Schirippa 87, Nick Yousef 88, Sam Smith 90, Jen Santabarbra 89
Mike Maholic 105.