WEST ALEXANDRIA — Twin Valley South hosted two opponents this week, losing both matches before participating in the Joe Middleton Golf Classic at Beechwood Golf Course, where Panther freshmen Nate Osborn finished runner-up.
South started off the week hosting Miami East on Tuesday, Sept. 1, falling 168-191 to the Vikings, who are currently undefeated in the Cross County Conference.
The top three finishers, who included Osborn and two East golfers, ended the day with a score of 38.
“It’s only the second time in CCC matches that Nathan has not won the match out-right,” said head coach Darcy Robinson.
Rounding out the scores for South were Winston Crosier with 42, Levi Klips with 52, Jayden Bassler with 59, Connor Bradley with 61, and Chance Parks with 67.
The Panthers then hosted Netwon on Thursday, Sept. 3.
At the meet, Newton came within one stroke of tying their team’s all-time scoring record of 154 as they beat South 155-185.
“They played an amazing round, since Eaton Country Club is considered one of the more difficult courses on which we play,” said Robinson. “This match was the first where we saw (Osborn) finish second among the golfers.”
Osborn shot a 38 while Newton’s Brock Jamison, a senior and former CCC player-of-the-year, shot a round of 35.
“Newton is in the top three as far as team records go in the CCC, so we knew this would be a tough week, playing East and Newton back-to-back. Still, I thought our score of 185 was a very solid performance,” said Robinson.
Crosier finished with a 42, while Klips shot a 50, Bassler shot a 55, Parks shot a 58, and Bradley shot a 63.
South then refocused their attention to a tournament on Saturday, Sept. 5, playing in the Joe Middleton Golf Classic at Beechwood Golf Course. The classic was hosted by Tri-Village and was an 18-hole event with a shotgun start.
Out of the 19 teams present, South finished with a team score of 385. The final results were not yet provided to the programs by time of publication.
Osborn shot a 76 on the night and walked away with the runner-up trophy as he finished behind Cameron Willis of Eaton.
“I’m so proud of Nathan’s accomplishments so far this year and especially (Saturday). Being just a freshman, he is proving that he can compete with the very best at this level,” said Robinson. “If my math is correct, he beat out 121 other golfers on the day, many of whom have a lot more high school experience than him.”
The remaining golfers for South included Winston Crosier (84), Levi Klips (106) and Jayden Bassler (119).
South also was scheduled to take on Tri-Village on Monday, Aug. 31, but had to cancel due to inclement weather. The two are expected to make up the meet on Monday, Sept. 14.
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