KALIDA — Kalida golf coach Ken Schnipke wanted his team to finish with a score in the 320’s or better Wednesday at the 2014 Kalida Golf Invitational at the Country Acres Golf Course.
The Wildcats managed to shoot in the 320’s, but even that was well off the pace set by Bath.
Bath posted four scores in the 70’s as they ran away from the 18 team field at Country Acres shooting a 304 team score to claim the team title. Ottawa Hills finished second with a 319 and Wauseon was third with a 324.
Kalida was fourth with a 327, while Van Wert was 11th with a 371, Elida was 13th with a 387, Ottoville was 14th with a 391, Delphos St. John’s tied for 15th with a 393 and Fort Jennings was 18th with a 413.
Schnipke had a goal for his team going into the invitational and they were able to reach that which had them among the top teams in a very competitive field of golf teams.
“I kind of would have liked it (the team score) to be a little better, but I was hoping to shoot in the 320’s or better and we did,” Schnipke said. “We will take it and move on. This will give us something to improve on. We shoot a 303 the first tournament and that’s hard to improve on. I would like to see the team get a little more consistent in their play. It’s a big difference between a 303 and a 327.”
Evan Recker led Kalida with a 79, while Zach Erhart and Trent Siebeneck both shot an 81. Collin Nartker was the teams fourth score with an 86.
“Using an 86, that’s a score I would like to throw out,” Schnipke said. “It was hard out there today. The wind was blowing and the greens were fast. You just do what you can do. Ottawa Hills is a defending state champion (Division III) and Bath is a very good Division II team. This was a very tough field today.”
Ottoville senior Wesley Markward had the best score of the local golfers shooting a 77. Brandon Schnipke backed that up with an 89, while Andy Schimmoeller had a 102 and Kaleb Hanicq had a 123 to round out the top four for a young Ottoville squad.
Sam Vetter led the Musketeers with a 95 and Nick Von Sossan had a 98. Alex Sealts and Collin Wieging both had a 110 for the Musketeers.
Bath won the tournament as they were led by the trio of Evan Hall, Brady Garver and Adam Vieira all with a 75. Spencer Stubbs finished with a 79.
Trevor Dominique, Wauseon, was the medalist for the day with a 72.
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1. Bath 304; 2. Ottawa Hills 319; 3. Wauseon 324; 4. Kalida 327; 5. Defiance 336; 6. Shawnee 341; 7. Arlington 343; 8. Meadowbrook 344; 9. Celina 355; 10. Wayne Trace 365; 11. Van Wert 371; 12. Bryan 380; 13. Elida 387; 14. Ottoville 391; 15. Delphos St. John’s-Paulding 393; 17. Ottawa-Glandorf 411; 18. Fort Jennings 413;