The Viking golf team opened up their 2020 season on Wednesday, August 5th at the Kenston Invitational, at Punderson Golf Course. The team fared well finishing in 4th place out of 9 teams with a score of 369.
The Vikings were led by Senior Paul Wise who fired an 89. The course was wet and played long after several days of rain. A highlight of Paul’s round was a par on the #1 handicap hole Par 4 8th. The 8th is one of the toughest holes in all of Ohio that demands a straight and long tee shot, and forced carry over water to an elevated green. Paul striped a drive down the middle, calmly hit his second shot on the green, and two putted for par. He played the hole perfectly. The other Viking golfers did not fare as well on #8 (their second last hole of the day) as they averaged 3.25 over par finishing with scores of 7, 6, 8, 8…..ouch.
Junior Patrick Dunmire came in with a 92, Senior Liam Brown posted a 93, and Junior Zac Tizzano finished with a 95. All three of them had chances to break 90 until the 8th and 9th hole took a big chunk out of their Viking backsides.
The very next day, the Vikings took the hour and 20 minute drive Southwest to Ashland, Ohio to compete in the Mapleton Simonson Invitational at Ashland Brookside Golf Course. The team finished in 5th place out of 17 teams with a score of 357. The Vikings were once again led by Paul Wise who was joined by Junior Zac Tizzano as they both fired an 87. “Paul was solid all day and managed the course extremely well, Paul has really settled in as our #1 man,” said Coach Dunmire. “And Tizzano was cruising along, birdied the 5th(his 15th hole on the day (shotgun start), but stumbled on the way in with a quad on his 3rd to last hole of the day, otherwise, he his scoring below 85. He is going to have a great year,” said Coach Dunmire.
Patrick Dunmire came in with a 92 after an unfortunate OB on the par 5 first where the ball hit downslope just off the backside of green and ended up a few inches beyond the OB stakes. “Coach Blackburn and I were right there watching that one, we had to tell him to go back and take a penalty stroke. He did not know there was OB behind the green. His next shot ended up unfortunately alongside a large tree root (no relief), and he had to punch sideways just off the green, he then made a nice up and down for an 8. It was actually a great 8, as 8’s go,” said Coach Dunmire.
Liam Brown posted a 101, he started strong but lost some energy down the stretch and his putting on some very fast greens let him down. He also unfortunately took aim at a Foot Golf flag stick instead of the golf hole flag stick late in the day. “He actually stuck it tight, but unfortunately it was tight to the Foot Golf stick, he still had over 200 yards to the green,” said a smiling Coach Dunmire, “being unfamiliar with the course definitely hurt Liam on that one, he probably knocks off several strokes without that mishap.”
Sammy Turk posted a solid 105 that included a chip in from 30 feet on the Par 3 14th. “Unfortunately, I missed the shot but caught up to Sammy on the next hole and she told me about the birdie. Big John, the Ashland Coach came over as he witnessed the shot and filled me in on the details, he said it was a wonderful shot,” said Coach Dunmire.
“Overall, I am very pleased with the start of the season, there is much work to be done but I know we can and we will continue to improve. Adding Coach Steve Blackburn (one of the top amateur golfers in Northeast Ohio), will be a great help to the kids as well as myself. We have already established some clear expectations of the team and we look forward to watching their continued development,” said Coach Dunmire.
Monday, August 10 – The Vikings are away at Kenston for a Tri Match that includes Chardon
Tuesday, August 11 – At home (Briardale) in a Tri vs Lake Catholic and Benedictine
Wednesday, August 12 – Cornerstone Christian at Briardale.