OBERLIN — The course may change but the result stays the same for Avon Lake.
The Shoremen won their second tournament of the season Monday, shooting a 319 to win the Amherst Invitational at Oberlin Golf Club.
Avon Lake was four strokes ahead of second-place Avon (323). Westlake came in third at 334.
Senior Tyler Madden was one of two Shoremen to shoot 3-over-par 75.
“It’s tough here with how fast the greens are and how narrow the fairways are,” Madden said. “I wasn’t hitting my driver well at all but my short game and putting saved me.”
Madden, who shot a 74 in the season-opening Elyria Catholic invitational, is expecting to have even better days in the near future.
“I feel really good right now,” Madden said. “I know if I can figure my driver out I can hit a lot of better golf shots and I’ll be in a good spot. If I have it all one day it’s going to be special.”
Senior Ryan Shinko also shot a 75 for the Shoremen while Sean Laverty (84), Dylan Roig (85) rounded out Avon Lake’s top four scorers.
“This is a much longer course than Brentwood (site of Elyria Catholic Invitational) so there were more times I had to use my driver instead of irons like last time but I was locating them well,” Shinko said. “Coming out here and shooting well gives us a lot of confidence going into the SWC on Wednesday. It was good that Tyler and I played well but it was the other guys coming up clutch and firming up the lineup that got us the win.”
The host Comets finished fifth with a 339. Senior Jacob Fitzpatrick led the way with a 79. North Ridgeville’s Ben Lampe and Olmsted Falls’ John Rini also had 79s, while Shaker Heights sophomore Robert Kimmel shot a 73 to earn medalist honors for the third time this season.
For the eight Southwestern Conference teams in Monday’s 16-team field, thoughts immediately turned to Wednesday’s SWC Preview and how the Oberlin Golf Club course will prepare their golfers for the challenge of Eagle Creek in Norwalk.
“I’m happy with how the team played on a really difficult course," Avon Lake coach Matt Perry said. "Our top two guys (Shinko and Madden) are really the catalysts behind moving us forward. The greens are really difficult here and we don’t have a lot of experience getting up and down so I feel like what we did today is really going to help us. I know our kids are always going to work hard to put the team in a good position.”
With sophomores Nolan King and Tyler Christy both shooting 77, Avon proved it could be a force to be reckoned with when SWC play gets underway.
“It was a pretty good round. I was just hitting fairways and making greens,” King said. “The conditions were really good today, the greens were rolling nice. Last year I shot an 89 here so today was actually a little better than I was hoping for. Major improvement from last year.”
Sophomore Jack Gerborg added an 82 for the Eagles.
“I’m really happy that we’re continuing to improve heading into Wednesday. We really put up a good round today,” Avon coach Jeff Stevens said. “If you play well here, you can play well at Eagle Creek, so it helps with confidence.”
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Team scores: Avon Lake 319, Avon 323, Westlake 334, Shaker Heights 335, Amherst 339, Olmsted Falls 339, Keystone 346, Firelands 348, Padua 353, Midview 353, North Ridgeville 354, Vermilion 366, Elyria 376, Madison 395, North Olmsted 409, Wellington 493.
Medalist: Robert Kimmel, Shaker Heights, 73;
Top Individuals: Tyler Madden, Avon Lake, 75; Ryan Shinko, Avon Lake, 75; Nolan King, Avon, 77; Tyler Christy, Avon 77; Ben Lampe, North Ridgeville, 79; Jacob Fitzpatrick, Amherst, 79; John Rini, Olmsted Falls, 79.
Amherst (339): Jacob Fitzpatrick 79, Austin Bray 90, Brent Baumgartner 80, Nathan Harmych 90, Logan Janik 96, Rocco Pecora 116.
Avon (323): Nolan King 77, Jack Gerborg 82, Tyler Christy 77, Matt Granite 87, George Berki 98, Brenton Dill 89.
Avon Lake (319): Tyler Madden 75, Ryan Shinko 75, Sean Laverty 84, Dillon Roig 85, Emmet Fink 92, Owen Conroy 98.
Elyria (376): Brendan Schibley 110, Luke Coward 98, Ben McFrederick 98, Eric Sito 102, Ryan Streator 78.
Firelands (348): Jackson Talbott 83, Aaron Urban 81, Steven Iwanek 93, Will Folley 91, Tristin Stipe 100.
Keystone (346): Jake Morgan 88, Ian Morgan 88, Bryan Sayers 89, Rocky Houston 82, Kyler Yusko 88, Gage Knepper 118.
Madison (395): Lucas Welch 97, Jason Davidson 88, Ethan Kuehn 107, Liam Crouch 103, Sam Rees 113.
Midview (353): Bryan Stone 80, Michael Ebosh 81, Quinn Rowe 99, Evan Vince 106, Cullen Large 94, Dan Heular 89.
North Ridgeville (354): Ben Lampe 79, Greg Codner 87, Kolin Matej 98, Dylan Peregord 112, Evan Turay 94, Zach Richardson 94.
North Olmsted (408): Ethan Kramer 91, MacGuire Savorino 104, Justin Christ 102, Kevin Olah 111, Dominic Pinto 114.
Olmsted Falls: Ben Scheeff 88, Mally Kilbane 86, Brady Loomis 86, John Rini 79, Carson Balfour 88, Anthony DeMarco 88.
Padua (353): Charlie Beaty 86, Matt Mol 89, Cameron Tkachik 91, Dan Fisher 92, Holden Oddo 101, Cameron Short 87.
Shaker Heights (335): Robert Kimmel 73, Drew English 88, Kevin Spring 78, Zach Honig 96, Mike Bond 109.
Vermilion (366): Brock Fisher 83, Evan Humphrey 97, Gus Mafleson 97, Josh DiFucci 115, Matt Saegert 99, Carter Classing 89.
Wellington (493): Will Palmison 94, Eric Benko 103, Luke Sutherland 147, Braden Hamer 149.
Westlake (334): R.J. Zanotti 89, Will Fankhauser 81, Matt Romansky 80, Ryan Malloy 86, Sean Ambrosno 96, Luke Vulku 87.