ELYRIA — Dylan Edgell knew he had to do something different. Avon, on the other hand, didn’t see the need to change anything.
Both were winners Wednesday at the Pioneer Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Course.
Elyria High’s Edgell won medalist honors with a 2-over 72, one day after shooting 99 at the Grey Hawk Invitational.
While Forest Hills is an easier track, it’s not that much easier.
“My head just wasn’t into it yesterday,” said Edgell, who had two birdies Wednesday. “So after that round, I went to the driving range at Forest Hills and spent the rest of the day working on my game.
“I had a lot of good putts today and my drives were good. I’m usually good with my short game and it happened today.”
Avon defended its team title, winning its second tournament in as many days, shooting 307 on a sunny, but windy afternoon.
Lefty Ryan Sikora led the way for the Eagles with a 73, downing Midview’s Justin Quarm in a playoff for second.
Sikora, who improved on the 81 he shot Tuesday, made a par five on the playoff hole to Quarm’s bogey.
The Eagles were also better than the 322 they shot in winning at Grey Hawk on Tuesday by 24 strokes. The second-place team was closer this time, but still not real close, as the runner-up Middies were a hefty 19 strokes behind.
Elyria was third at 322 while Westlake, which shot 301 to win the North Olmsted Invitational last week, was fourth at 328.
“We have four seniors who have played this course many times,” Avon coach Jeff Stevens said. “We also had a lot of confidence going in after yesterday’s win.”
Sikora was pleased with his game. And why not? He had a birdie, four bogeys and 13 pars.
“I played a really consistent round,” he said. “My putting and irons were really good today.”
He had two memorable shots, a 60-yard wedge to within 5 feet on the third hole to set up his lone birdie, and a 12-foot putt for par on the fourth hole.
“I’m playing pretty well so far this season,” said Sikora, who said fellow lefty Phil Mickleson, who finished second Sunday at the PGA Championship, is his favorite player on the PGA Tour.
Quarm, who hit two bad shots on the playoff hole, was nevertheless proud of his 73, his lowest score of the young season.
“My approach shots, putting and drives were all good today,” said Quarm, who had two birdies and rolled in a 35-foot putt for par on No. 14.
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Team scores: Avon 307, Midview 319, Elyria 322,Westlake 328, Keystone 341, Amherst 342, Bay 348, Parma Senior 348, North Ridgeville 359, Vermilion 361, Fairview 365, Valley Forge 387, Parma Normandy 389, Elyria Catholic 428, Lake Ridge, no team score.
Medalist: Dylan Edgell (Elyria High), 72
Other top scores: Ryan Sikora (Avon), 73 (won one-hole playoff for runner-up trophy); Justin Quarm (Midview), 73
Local teams (low four scores count for team total)
AVON (307): Ryan Sikora 73, Matt Jones 79, Nick DiFilippo 78, Mike Collins 87, Mike Raicevich 77, Andrew Golik 86.
MIDVIEW (319): Justin Quarm 73, Nick Matcham 80, Brett Ward 79, Aaron Mitchell 87, Curtis Caithaml 90, Adam Morris 88.
ELYRIA (322): Dylan Edgell 72, Zack Demarco 84, Alex Csizmadia 79, Zack Schuster 92, Nate Hensley 87, Jeremiah Csizmadia 95.
WESTLAKE (328): Patrick Steffen 75, Nick Wilson 86, Jules Blakely 76, James Lazernick 94, Ellis Langermeir 91, Max Prexta 94.
KEYSTONE (341): Jacob Bowers 82, Aaron Brodnik 80, Blake Benko 93, Cody Wilson 92, Trent Porter 87, Matt Bloch 120.
AMHERST (342): Matt Nickoloff 80, Taylor Gillam 88, Anthony Riccardi 91, Michael Falenski 102, Jackson Hazelett 83, Brian DeAndrea 96.
NORTH RIDGEVILLE (359): Tyler Gannon 90, Scoti Millgard 89, Mikey Williams 94, Josh Bowden 107, Russell Justiniani 89, Daulton Buttrey 91
VERMILION (361): Tom Pena 80, Patrick Sexton 86, Joby Pfeil 101, Andrew Volzer 104, Connor Matiacio 94, Greg Pajk 101.
ELYRIA CATHOLIC (428): Brandon Netzel 84, Will Gentry 109, Kyle Horvatich 106, Andy Brown 134, Paul Demer 119, Gregory Gorczyca 129.
LAKE RIDGE (no team score): Nick Waters 107, Quinn Sekreta 104, Joey Tagliavoni DNF.