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Boys golf: Avon shines at Grey Hawk Invitational

LAGRANGE — After losing four seniors to graduation some observers may have wondered if Avon would take its usual place among the area’s top teams this fall.

Tuesday, at the Grey Hawk Invitational, the Eagles showed they are back and possibly better than ever.

Junior Ryan Sikora led the way with a 3-over 75 as Avon shot 327 as a team, finishing 12 shots in front of Ravenna (339) to pace the 15-team field.

“I am very happy with the way we performed as a team today,” Avon coach Jeff Stevens said. “I knew our first two guys would shoot low but it was a pleasant surprise to see how well everyone played. This is important to give the guys confidence going into the West Shore Conference season.”

Senior Alex Tomko, one of the two holdovers, along with Sikora, from last year’s team, shot a

7-over 79. Senior Vince Mingo, who, according to Stevens, only picked up the game of golf last year, fired an 83. Matt Jones posted the Eagles’ final score with a 90.

“We were hoping to get a good fourth score, which we did today,” Stevens said. “If we get a fourth score of 90 or better, we’re going to compete in every tournament.”

For Sikora the key to putting up a low score was consistency.

“I played well but I only had two birdies,” Sikora said. “I was hitting my irons solid but some of my putts just weren’t falling today. The wind was very strong, sometime you needed to go up two or three extra clubs, but the key to this course is always to hit your irons well. This was a great win for us as a team to get that first win under our belt and have good thoughts going forward into the rest of the season.”

Lutheran West finished third at 341. Robert Konstan led the way for the Longhorns with a 7-over 79, while Keaton Grossman shot an 83. Midview and North Ridgeville both finished with a 344.

Rangers senior Garrett Orseno earned medalist honors with a 72. Orseno said the unseasonable cold and windy weather was a huge factor on the course.

“It was a rough round,” Orseno said. “I had to hit a lot of clutch irons. It was a rough windy day, but I was just able to stay focused. It was crazy out there. There is so much more wind on this course because there’s not as many trees. I had a lot of up-and-down putts and I was keeping the ball straight off of the tee.”

Orseno’s North Ridgeville teammate Dennis Millgard shot 82. The Middies were led by Justin Quarm’s 81 and an 82 from Ethan Large.

Jacob Bowers led host Keystone with an 87.

Elyria finished fifth with a team score of 357. The Pioneers top two golfers were Mat McFredrick (88) and Ben Haywood (89).

Vermilion (374) and a trio of Patriot Athletic Conference teams – Firelands (384), Wellington (414) and Black River (416) – were the other local representatives in the event.

Contact Todd Shapiro at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

Team scores:

Avon 327, Ravenna 339, Lutheran West 341, North Ridgeville 344, Midview 344, Elyria 357, Buckeye 359, Keystone 373, Vermilion 374, Lakewood 375, Firelands 384, Brooklyn 391,Wellington 414, Black River 416.

Medalist: Garrett Orseno, North Ridgeville 72

Top finishers: Ryan Sikora, Avon, 75; Alex Tomko, Avon, 79; Morgan McIntyre, Ravenna, 79; Colin Miller, Buckeye, 81; Andrew Gibson, Ravenna, 81; Justin Quarm, Midview, 81; Ethan Large, Midview, 82; Dennis Millgard , North Ridgeville, 82.

Buckeye 359

Colin Miller 81

Brian Prest 89

Ryan Ruber 97

Cory Gould 97

Richard Jeffery 92

Ravenna 339

Morgan McIntyre 79

Colton Tirpak 94

Andrew Gibson 81

Nick Holt 85

Alec Kohl 102

Lakewood 375

Jacob Zbin 94

Attison McCarthy 105

Steven Cross 96

Maxwell Lavisky 84

Aron Doi 101

Wellington 414

Andrew Fahler 107

Kevin Scott 83

Zach Songer 109

Jeremy Alspach 115

Black River 416

Tanner Hawley 95

Austin Thompson 107

Ethan Brenner 100

Logan Stretar 114

Vermilion 374

Patrick Sexton 97

Zach Tolson 98

Trevor Keisman 92

Tom Pena 95

Scott Lear 90

Elyria 357

Mat McFredrick 88

Ben Haywood 89

Dylan Edgell 96

Zack Demarco 99

Alex Csizmadia 84

North Ridgeville 344

Dennis Millgard 82

Garrett Orseno 72

Dan Musci 96

Nick Bogner 94

Gordon Goodman 97

Midview 344

Ryan Miller 93

Ethan Large 82

Kyle Warner 88

Justin Quarm 81

Brett Ward 94

Avon 327

Alex Tomko 79

Ryan Sikora 75

Vince Mingo 83

Nick DiFilippo 91

Matt Jones 90

Firelands 384

Mitch Hildebrandt 93

Brandon Palmer 91

Jarod Keets 100

Connor Price 100

Kyle Hieb 102

Keystone 373

Bradley Clanin 94

Jacob Bowers 87

Aaron Brodnik 99

Blake Benko 93

Sam Sherlock 130

Brooklyn 391

Brad Blaine 90

Ryan Baker 91

Amanda Baker 91

Stevan Prusak 145

John Green 119

Lutheran West 341

Robert Konstan 79

Eric Myers 88

Keaton Grossman 83

Nolan Zubin 91

Jacob Brady 94

Fairview 388

Tyler Cain 94

Mike Wazevich 99

Jake Brousek 103

Thom Sabo 92

Justin Sassano 105

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