BY YANEEK SMITH | MIRROR SPORTS — The Anthony Wayne boys golf team had just one match last week, but the Generals made it count, defeating Southview, 160-167, at Brandywine Country Club in Maumee on August 21.
Jacob Puls led the way with a nine-hole score of 39, followed by Andrew Briars and Hogan Heck, both of whom shot 40, and Nick Huffman, who had a 41.
The win moves the Generals to 1-0 and 1-0 in the Northern Lakes League. AW coach Pat Phillips was particularly pleased with the performance of Heck, who had one of his best performances of the season.
“He had a very solid round,” Phillips said. “He’s hitting the ball really well and putting a lot better than he did last year. It’s definitely going to be a big boost if he stays around 40 – that’s going to be huge.
“We played pretty good. Southview probably played the best they have all year.”
Having just one match allowed the Generals the opportunity to get in some practice time.
“It was good. We had a couple of good days of practice, we just putted for an hour on Thursday,” Phillips said. “That’s definitely our weakness – our average is about 1.9 (putting), and that’s too high. Against Southview, we did not putt well.”
The AW girls golfers got their first Northern Lakes League win of the season by defeating Springfield and fell to Northview by a stroke.
The Generals defeated Springfield in convincing fashion, winning by a score of 196-285. They were led by Kayla Crandall, who earned medalist honors by shooting a 45 at the Fallen Timbers Fairways, a par 36.
Teammate Kailey Harp finished with a 47, followed by Abi Ovacek (51) and Cece Stamm (53).
In a 208-209 loss to Northview, Crandall again finished with the top score, shooting a 47. Harp shot a 51, followed by Ovacek (53) and Stamm (58).
“We left a lot of putts short,” said AW girls coach Jim Hutchinson. “We hit it pretty well but did not putt very well.”
Hutchinson talked about what he has seen out of his golfers thus far.
“Kailee and Kayla, they’ve been my No. 1 and No. 2 golfers all year – Kailee is a little up and down, and Kayla has shot well. I don’t think she’s shot over 47 (this season),” he said.
“Cece never played before this year. She gets a little nervous when she’s not playing well, but she’s done a lot better than I anticipated. Abi is playing better – she’s still got more ability than what is coming out.”