The Viking golf team opened their regular season schedule with a Tri match vs. Kenston and Chardon on Monday, August 10th.
The teams squared off on the front 9 at Punderson Golf Course. Kenston was the host team and elected to play the blue tees measuring 3,408 yards trying to take advantage of their length.
The Vikings #1 and #2 man in Paul Wise and Patrick Dunmire played well shooting 43 and 42 respectively. Wise started strong with a wonderful par on 1. He played a beautiful mid iron from the fairway bunker on 1 to the green for a two-putt par. Dunmire hit a nice drive on 1 but caught his next shot thin, then reached the green in three and 3 putted for a disappointing double bogey.
Meanwhile, Tizzano hit a nice drive on 1, hit the green in regulation and made a two-putt par. He followed his par up with a bogey on 2. Sammy Turk scrambled on 1 through the trees and played a beautiful green side bunker shot to help salvage a double bogey.
Dunmire played his next four holes in +1 with three pars and a bogey while Wise scuffled a bit going bogey on 2 and double bogey on 3 before settling down with two nice pars on 4 & 5.
Meanwhile, Tizzano and Turk struggle mid round to find their groove.
Fast forward to the dreaded #8, the #1 handicap hole at Punderson. Wise, as he did last week, laced a drive down the middle, he then pured a 5 iron to the front of the green. He two putted for a huge par. Wise also parred this hole at the Kenston Invitational last week while his teammates averaged +3.25 over par on the hole. Dunmire found the trees on the right side and played a wonderful punch shot through the trees just before the water hazard. He then hit his wedge approach shot to about 12 feet left of the hole. He drained the putt for par, improving vs last week on the hole by 3 strokes.
Wise and Dunmire both hit the green on the difficult par 3 9th that measured at 180 yards, however, the hole was likely playing 190 into a slight breeze at the face of the golfers. A difficult pin placement resulted in 3 putt bogeys for both Wise and Dunmire.
The match was still in doubt when Sammy Turk stepped to the tee on #9. She first approached with an iron and after some discussion, she switched to a wood. She hit one hard down the left side and caught a tree. The ball ended up about 20 yards short of the green on the right. Sammy hit a beautiful chip to about 5 feet. She proceeded to make the putt for a great up and down par. As it turns out, that up and down par was the difference between a one-point victory vs Chardon and a tie.
“Assistant Coach Blackburn has stressed upon the kids that every shot matters, this was a perfect example,” said Coach Dunmire, who celebrated his first victory as Viking head golf coach. “It feels great, I was extremely happy for the kids, especially Sammy as she struggled out here last week. It is always good to get the first win under your belt. From the tips, this course can be a bear. It plays over 500 yards farther than where we play from at our home course Briardale. I was proud of how the team responded.”
Patrick Dunmire was the medalist in the Tri Match with a 42. One shot better than Pollack from Kenston(43) and his teammate Wise(43). Rounding out the scoring for the Vikings was Sammy Turk with a 51 and Zac Tizzano with a 52. “Patrick had a wonderful practice round on Sunday night and he parlayed that into a great round today, it was good to see.”
Kenston(2-0) won the Tri Match with a 176, VASJ(1-1) posted a 188, and Chardon(0-2) a 189. VASJ is now 1-1 on the season.
Tuesday, August 11th – Home – Tri Match vs Lake Catholic & Benedictine at Briardale
Wednesday, August 12th – Away – Dual Match vs. Cornerstone Christian at Briardale