GREENVILLE — For everyone involved, it was just good to be back.
Five Miami Valley League schools kicked off the 2020 fall boys golf season at the Greenville Invitational Thursday at Turtle Creek Golf Course, with Tippecanoe winning with a 334, Troy taking third with 359 and Piqua finishing fifth with 416. Greenville finished second with 349 and Sidney was fourth with 409.
For most of the schools, it was the first time back in official school-sanctioned competition since late in the winter season as the entire spring season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And with the MVL announcing last week that it would play a league-only schedule in all fall sports this season, only the MVL teams that were already schedule to participate in the tournament were allowed to come compete.
“It was great to compete,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “It was nice to see everybody again and see how everybody’s doing. It was fun. We had a lot of fun today.”
Tippecanoe’s Nathan Gagnon posted the only sub-80 score on the afternoon, finishing first individually with a 76. Matt Salmon added an 81, Braydon Bottles shot 83, Colin Maalouf shot 94, Will Riehle shot 95 and Joey Pleiman shot 96.
Ryan Dowling led Troy with an 84, Henry Johnston shot 87, Owen Evilsizor shot 92, Trayce Mercer shot 96, Bryce Massingill shot 97 and Tag Bender shot 98.
“Turtle Creek’s always been a tough course, especially at the beginning of the year. I thought our kids handled it pretty well,” Evilsizor said. “We had too many double bogeys, a couple triples, and those things add up on a course like this. But overall, I’m happy with how they did.
“Ryan played well, shot 40 on the front nine — which was one of the better scores on the day. He did a good job of holding down those big scores.”
For Piqua, Evan Hensler cracked the sub-90 mark, shooting an 89 to lead the Indians. Decker Jackson shot 100, Richard Price shot 111, Drew Hinkle shot 116 and Sebastian Karabinis shot 137.
Troy will play host to many of the same teams on Monday at Troy Country Club in the seven-team Troy Invitational.
“Next week’s going to be fun. We’re basically home all three days,” Evilsizor said. “There is no MVL tournament this year, so the standings will be based on how well you do in the duals. Monday will be kind of a mini-MVL tournament.”
• Girls Golf
SIDNEY — After having its home opener postponed the day before, the Piqua girls golf team kicked off the new season at Sidney with a 231-282 loss.
Kenzi Anderson shot 58 to lead the Indians (0-1), Ivy Lee shot 70, Sierra Grinstead shot 75 and Marin Funderburg shot 79.
Miami East 216,
DEGRAFF — Miami East’s girls golf team were the first Miami County team since early March to compete in a high school-related match on Wednesday, traveling to Riverside and winning their season opener, 216-226.
Erin Baker was medalist for the Vikings (1-0) with a 50, Olivia Patton shot 54, Gretchen Stevens shot 55, Addy Godwin shot 57, Cadence Gross shot 59 and Taylor Godsey shot 63.
“We didn’t play very well, but after all it was the first match, and nerves definitely set in,” Miami East coach Ronald Patton said.
And on Thursday, the Vikings finished seventh at the Versailles Invitational with 468.
Patton shot 108, Stevens shot 115, Godsey shot 121, Godwin shot 124, Gross shot 130 and Faith Overholser shot 132.