Trail wins 3rd straight county golf title


EATON — National Trail’s boys golf team turned in a record-setting performance to claim its third straight Preble County Tournament championship on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at The Eaton Country Club.

As a team, Trail fired a new school record 308 to outdistance runner-up Preble Shawnee (368) by 60 strokes. Eaton finished third at 393, Twin Valley South was fourth with a 428 and Tri-County North finished fifth with a 452.

Trail’s 308 for 18-holes toppled the previous school record of 312, which was set in 2002.

Trail had the top four individual placers.

Junior Nick Brubaker tied the Blazers 18-hole school-record with a 72 to earn medalist honors.

Sophomore Kellen Laird fired a 75 to finish second, while Justin Turner shot 76 to finish third and Riley Littrell shot 85 to finish fourth.

Rounding out the scoring for Trail was Fletcher Davies with a 90 and Sawyer Davies with a 102.

“This is way better than I ever expected. It was pretty exciting to see,” Trail coach Ramon Rutan said. “They’ve all put in a lot of work, especially over the past month and to see it pay off was pretty cool.”

Rutan said having three players score in the 70’s isn’t unexpected.

“They’ve been doing it in practice so it’s not a shock, but it’s just nice when they put it all together,” he said.

For Preble Shawnee, Levi Agee shot an 86 to finish fifth overall and Wyatt Duckworth shot an 87 to round out the top 6.

Rounding out the field for the Arrows were Jaydin Fields with a 96, Landon Tubbs with a 99, Chance Mowen with a 103 and Carson Hollon with a 107.

For Eaton, Gabe McCarty shot an 89 to lead the way. Andrew Webb shot 95, while AJ Beeghly shot 102, Derek McCoy-Dudas shot 107, Brayden Ballinger shot 119 and Maxon Elstro finished at 130.

For Twin Valley South, which hasn’t fielded a golf team since the 2018 season, Parker Howard shot a 100 and Wes Hager shot 105. Seth Vohris finished at 111, Aiden White shot 112 and Trent Ray finished with 113.

Tri-County North was led by Braden Bacher and Jack Vanderschaff with a 104 and 105 respectively. Zane Owens finished at 116, Cameron Rike shot 127 and Carson Rike shot 130.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4061 and follow on X @emowenjr.

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