PITSBURG — The Twin Valley South and National Trail golf teams played in the Franklin-Monroe Jets Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 10. Trail finished in fifth place in the team standings, while TVS placed ninth out of 16 teams in the events.
Logan Petitt, from National Trail, was top medalist for the day with a 79 for the 18 holes. Nathan Osborn shot an 81 for TVS, good enough for 4th place as an individual. He missed winning the tournament by just two strokes. There was a three-way tie with 81 for second through fourth places. Officials went to the scorecard to break the tie, and Osborne came out on the short end.
“It seems like he always has bad luck in those situations,” said TVS coach Darcy Robinson. “Still, shooting an 81, he was grateful to have placed.”
“I was really pleased to make an observation about our No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 players. Cole Petersen, Noelle Bright and Autumn Newdigate, who are all brand new to the game this year, shaved 12, 17 and 14 strokes, respectively, off their scores from one of the invitationals that we played in at the beginning of the season. All three players have progressed at a very rapid pace this year,” Robinson said.
According to Robinson, South counted the front nine on the match as their make-up match with Mississinawa Valley.
TVS’ top three boys led all scorers: Nate Osborn, 40; Willie Bowman, 48; Chance Parks, 51.
Noelle Bright rounded out the team, scoring a 59.
“Willie has been one of our most consistent golfers this year, always coming in around the 48-49 mark,” Robinson said. “He has added so much to our team this year, being his first year to play competitively. To walk onto a team and fill that No. 2 spot right out of the chute, is a pretty amazing accomplishment.”
Parks and Newdigate showed improvement as well. “We played FM on this course (Turtle Creek) on Wednesday, and between then and today, Chance improved his score by six strokes and Autumn improved by seven strokes,” Robinson said. “I’m so proud of our entire team on what they continue to do on the golf course. We’re really looking forward to what the future might have in store for us!”
Robinson said the Panthers are definitely moving in the right direction, as a team.
“Hopefully by the time the CCC Championship and sectional tournaments come around, we’ll be well under 400 as a team,” she said.
This was the final invitational tournament of the season for National Trail.
“After struggling early in the season, Logan has found his game again in the past two weeks and is playing as well as I have seen him play,” said NT coach Kurt Bachman.“He is demonstrating the leadership that I expect from our No.1 player.”
“Another senior, Isaac Plankenhorn, has played well all season and is showing the consistency that players can achieve by making good course management decisions and developing mental toughness when they are struggling in order to get back on track,” Bachman added.
Junior Chris Brubaker shot a season best, 99, for 18 holes on Saturday.
“Chris has been the most improved golfer on our team this year,” Bachman said. “His play and decision-making have significantly improved since last year, and he continues to do the necessary work to be more competitive and play better.”
The Blazers were scheduled to play Monday, Sept. 12, against Arcanum, at the Beechwood Golf Course, and Tuesday, Sept. 13, were to host Newton at Highland Lakes. They will play on Thursday, Sept. 15, versus Miami East, at Lakeland Golf Course.
Twin Valley South was scheduled to play on Monday, Sept. 12, at Bradford, and Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Stivers.
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