LAGRANGE — Conventional wisdom would say that a challenging course like Grey Hawk Golf Club would favor veteran players well-experienced in the rigors of the high school game.
Avon and Olmsted Falls showed Tuesday that you shouldn’t always trust conventional wisdom.
The Eagles had three sophomores shoot 78 or lower and the Bulldogs shot 310 to take first place with freshman Ben Scheeff leading the way, earning medalist honors with a 2-over-par 74 at the Keystone Grey Hawk Invitational.
Sophomore Jack Gerborg shot a 77 for the Eagles, who finished with a team total of 328. Gerborg shaved 11 strokes off his score last year in the same event.
“We’re really happy with how we all played today,” Gerborg said. “We had three scores in the 70s, which was kind of unexpected. We all really stepped up as a team today.”
Nolan King and Tyler Christy, who each shot 78, and Oliver Hewitt with a 95 rounded out the Avon lineup.
“I’m happy with today,” Avon coach Jeff Stevens said. “Olmsted Falls played great today so they deserve a lot of credit. I expected my kids to do well today because they play regularly at Red Tail and this course is comparable to Red Tail. They tend to like courses like this that don’t have a lot of trees on them.”
Gerborg had to win a three-hole playoff over Amherst senior Jacob Fitzpatrick to take home the second-place trophy.
“My round started off pretty solid,” Gerborg said. “I hit my irons and my driver pretty well. First hole of the playoff we both got in trouble and had to save bogey. We both just scrapped it out from there.”
Fitzpatrick’s 77 led the Comets to a fourth-place finish with a 348.
The teams were off the course before a line of midafternoon showers came through southern Lorain County but shortly after noon there was a brief delay after lightning was seen in the area.
“I played really well today,” Fitzpatrick said. “I hit my spots that I was picking out. We were hoping for good, low team scores today and we had some struggles but we’ll figure it out. It was good to see where we finished compared to some of the other local teams today. It gives us an idea of what to expect this season.”
Brett Baumgartner also had a solid round for the Comets with an 84.
Everything was bouncing right for Olmsted Falls. All five Bulldogs came in with scores under 80. Brady Loomis had a 78 while Mally Kilbane, Evan Thiel and John Rini each shot 79.
Scheeff had never played Grey Hawk before Tuesday so he spent most of day trying to play methodical, steady golf and allowed the course to come to him.
“As a freshman this feels amazing,” he said. “I tried not to go for every par 5 in two. I laid up on four of the five par 5s. I just tried to make every par and play the most stress-free game of golf I could. I tried to swing 80 percent on every iron shot. I wanted to go for my most comfortable distance.”
Keystone finished third for the second time in a row, this time with a 340. Bryan Sayers led the Wildcats with an 82 while Jake Morgan had 83.
Midview freshman Bryan Stone had his second consecutive sub-80 round, shooting a 79 for the Middies, who finished tied for seventh with Lutheran West with a score of 360.
Team scores: Olmsted Falls 310, Avon 328, Keystone 340, Amherst 348, Bay 350, Hamilton Badin 359, Lutheran West 360, Midview 360, Wellington 368, North Ridgeville 376, Elyria Catholic 377, Vermilion 388, Elyria 390, Ravenna 431, Buckeye 440, Lakewood 444
Medalist: Ben Scheeff (Olmsted Falls), 74
OTHER Top Individuals: Jack Gerborg (Avon), 77; Jacob Fitzpatrick (Amherst), 77; Brady Loomis (Olmsted Falls), 78; Nolan King, Avon, 78; Tyler Christy, Avon, 78; Evan Thiel (Olmsted Falls), 79; Mally Kilbane (Olmsted Falls), 79; John Rini (Olmsted Falls), 79; Bryan Stone (Midview), 79
Olmsted Falls (310): Evan Thiel 79, Brady Loomis 78, Ben Scheeff 74, Mally Kilbane 79, John Rini 79
Avon (328): Jack Gerborg 77, Nolan King 78, Tyler Christy 78, Matt Granito 97, Oliver Hewitt 95
Keystone (340): Jake Morgan 83, Ian Morgan 84, Bryan Sayers 82, Rocky Houston 94, Kyler Yusko 91
Amherst (348): Jacob Fitzpatrick 77, Austin Bray 93, Brett Baumgartner 84, Nathan Harmych 96, Logan Janik 94
Bay (350): Eddie Papp 84, Josh Perrine 92, Jack Nagrette 85, Lucas Shell 89, David Banks 106
Hamilton Badin (359): Andrew Schwartz 83, Nick Young 90, Andrew Larkin 85 , Brady Reichart 101, Sam Vornhagen 102
Lutheran West (360): Tyler Robinson 93, Jakob Gross 82, Cameron Wandrie 92, D.J. Robinson 94, Tyler West 93
Midview (360): Bryan Stone 79, Michael Ebosh 83, Quinn Rowe 97, Cullen Large 101, Evan Vince 106
Wellington (368): Will Palmison 83, Luke Tanderich 101, Wyatt Sasack 103, Eric Benko 81
North Ridgeville (376): Ben Lampe 85, Kolin Matej 92, Zach Januska 96, Evan Turay 103Sam Forristal 108
Elyria Catholic (377): Kyle Mahaffey 84, Alex Brown 100, William Muzilla 93, Nick Batt 100, Ryan Mahaffey 109
Vermilion (388): Brock Fisher 87, Evan Humphrey 97, Gus Matheson 100, Josh DiFucci 104, Matt Saegert 106
Elyria (390): Ryan Streator 83, Ben McFrederick 99, Eric Sito 104, Luke Coward 99, Jeremy Barley 118
Ravenna (431): Zach Scibelli 123, Abbie Retherford 93, John Stancato 127, Landon Skilton 104, Kevin Robbins 131
Buckeye (440): Christian Ray 88, Jackson Chambers 116, Michael Koeth 116, Will Reagan 120, Collin Schraeder 139
Lakewood (444): Charles Hericks 118, Jack Derethik 117, Gavin Fulmer 117, Jude Johnson 112, Tristan Rumsey 98
Oberlin (no team score): Anthony Jackson 102