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New London caps perfect season with FC title

By DON HOHLER • Updated Sep 19, 2019 at 5:27 PM

ASHLAND — The New London golf team put the finishing touches on an undefeated season Thursday afternoon by winning their third straight Firelands Conference tournament title.

It was their fourth win in the last five years at the annual tournament.

The 'Cats needed 366 strokes to get it done on Brookside Golf Course, Ashland's municipal course. Western Reserve finished a close second with a 369, followed by Crestview (374), Plymouth (385), Mapleton (392) and St. Paul (401).

Senior Sean Armold paced the champions with identical side of 41 for an 82. Freshman Carter Eibel continues to play exceptional golf, showing sides of 44 and 48 for a 92. Senior Sean Andolsek followed with 47-49—96 numbers, the same as the female member of the team, Katianna Barber (48-48—96).

Marcus Mayhorn, a junior, was in at 52-54—106, one stroke better than junior Dax Amburgy (49-58—107).

"It's been a fun season,” New London coach Zach Parr said. "Sean has been steady all season, seemingly never showing frustration. I see him as a kid who goes to work. Just an awesome leader, one that took freshman Carter Eibel under his wing and more or less showed him how easy the game was if he thinks his way around the course. I see a great future for Carter."

Parr assured everyone has helped out over the course of the 13-win season and that includes the lone girl on the team in Barber.

"I am anxious to see how she plays on Tuesday in the Galion sectional," Parr stated. "She will drop out of our boy's team lineup and go at it on her own and off those shorter tees. She could be a factor. I just know she has been rock solid for us as a fourth or fifth score."

Meanwhile, Western Reserve continues to improve as a club team.

"I really hope the school will elevate the sport to varsity status next year," coach Stoney Jarrett said. "Our athletes have proven themselves over the last two seasons. We pushed New London to the limit today, and with everyone returning except our lone senior, Julia Tite, who will play in the Fostoria sectional next week, we should be even more formidable next year.”

Matt Jarrett (the coach's son), continues to use his play in LEJGA events to sharpen his game. He has either been medalist or tied for that spot in all 11 matches this season. The team went 7-4.

"Juniors John Skrada and Luke Rowlinson and sophomore Camden Hankins are all capable of shooting scores in the 40s," Jarrett said.

On Thursday, Jarrett showed 43-41—84 numbers. He was followed by Skrada (44-45—89), Rowlinson (50-45—95), Hankins (49-52—101), Breck Kinney (63-59—122) and Jacob Sergent (68-69—137).

Crestview (6-4 in the FC), finished third in the tournament, headed by senior Hayden McMillen (44-40—84). Following on down it was senior Chase Brooky (41-48—89), sophomore Brett Hill (51-48--99) and Tyler Wheeler (54-50—104). Senior Peyton Garrett recorded a 49-53—102, followed by junior Dylan Shoup (50-59—109).

Veteran Plymouth coach Jeff Calame (37th year) had the tournament medalist in senior Draven Kelley, his No. 2 player. Kelley put 40-39—79 numbers on his card. Other scores came from seniors Zeb Finnegan (46-49—95) and Brody Brown (50-40—99) and freshmen Sarah Hook (53-59—112) and Jason Potts (62-50—112).

"A challenging year," Calame said. "We lost Kelley for two weeks with a concussion and that meant four matches without one of our better players. That put three freshmen in the back of our lineup We went 4-6 in the conference and 6-9 overall and considering all, that was not bad."

Mapleton (1-9, 2-9) got its best score from sophomore Evan Dennison (47-42—89). After that it was sophomore Grady Kline (50-43—93), junior Luke Miller (48-53—101), sophomore Bryan Welsh (51-58—109), freshman Nolan Dennison (61-62—122) and freshman Nathan Raczymski (62-64—126).

St. Paul, which finished at 2-8 in the FC and 2-9 overall, was paced by junior Jackson Cook (45-44—89). After that it was junior Nathan Juby (49-51—100), sophomore Logan Amato (53-50—103), senior David Swope (55-54—109), sophomore Luke Meyer (50-61—111) and senior Dyland Cook (64-69—133).

"Our goal continues to be improvement," third-year coach Mike McLaughlin said. "Consistency has been hard to find this season. Can't fault their work ethics, though. They get out on the course and work hard every day and it has been an every day thing this week ... this is our fourth straight day of competition. We're more competitive as was shown by two wins this year."

Mapleton coach Ken Eckemroth presented the championship trophy to Parr and medals to his team, along with the top six scorers of the tournament. They included Cook (St. Paul), Dennison (Mapleton), Jarrett (Western Reserve), McMillen (Crestview), Armold (New London) and Kelley (Plymouth).

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