TROY — The Troy boys golf team knew what was at stake in Thursday’s Miami Valley League Miami Division opener against Greenville.
“There’s always a couple of matches that you circle on the calendar, and this was one of those,” Troy boys golf coach Mark Evilsizor said.
And when it came time to play, the Trojans were ready, putting together four solid scores to put away a 164-180 victory over the Green Wave Thursday at Miami Shores to improve to 2-0 overall and 1-0 officially in division play.
With the two teams battling back and forth behind eventual MVL champion Tippecanoe last season, Evilsizor knew that if his Troy team wanted a chance to catch the Red Devils this season, it would have to get past Greenville first.
“This is a Greenville team that got better as the year progressed last year, and in some ways they surpassed us,” Evilsizor said. “By the end of the season, they made it to districts and we did not, so we knew this one was going to be tough.
“I’m really proud. This is as big a win as we’ve had with this particular group. This is one of their best scores for a nine-hole match.”
And for the Trojans, it was a matter of visualizing and then attacking.
“What I tried to do today, I try to have the guys visualize things and set goals. So I had them write on the stats sheet what they thought they were going to shoot and what they thought the team was going to shoot today,” Evilsizor said. “And, you know, quite a few of them were right there at their target numbers.
“Whether it’s golf or life, you’ve got to have goals and go out and get them. The guys really took this match seriously. They were focused today, and the scores showed that.”
Henry Johnston was the medalist for Troy, shooting 39, while teammate Ryan Dowling was right behind with a 40.
“Henry played really well,” Evilsizor said. “That’s one of the better scores he’s had. And Ryan, he’s not played well at Miami Shores throughout his career, and for him to shoot a 40, that’s a great sign for us, because we are going to play quite a few matches at Shores.”
Owen Evilsizor followed with a 42 and Tag Bender shot 43 to cap off the scoring. Brayden Schwartz added a 49 and Bryce Massingill shot a 53.
“Owen started slow and was 3 over after two holes — and then he went 3 over on the last seven holes,” Evilsizor said. “And we’re finally getting Tag into that mid-season form. He’s starting to play well. When you can have four solid scores, that takes the pressure off of your No. 1 and 2 men, so they don’t feel like they have to do too much.”
Jack Marchal shot 40 to lead Greenville, Warren Hartzell added a 44, Alex Kolb shot 46, Evan Saylor shot 50, Ash Williams shot 51 and Josh Ruble shot 55.
“I’m really proud of this group,” Evilsizor said. “They took it serious, they were focused — and they were rewarded with a big win.”
XENIA — Defending MVL champion Tippecanoe held off a challenge by Xenia Wednesday at WGC, winning 165-167.
Nathan Gagnon and Matt Salmon both shot 38 to take medalist honors, Braydon Bottles shot 44, Joey Pleiman shot 45, Colin Maalouf shot 46 and Will Riehle shot 48.
Other scores: Butler 179, Piqua 212.
• Girls Golf
NEW PARIS — After struggling at the Fenwick Invitational on Wednesday, the Miami East girls golf team placed second at National Trail’s Lady Blazer Invitational, shooting 403.
Erin Baker led the Vikings with a 90, Olivia Patton shot 96, Gretchen Stevens shot 108, Addy Godwin shot 109, Taylor Godsey shot 118 and Cadence Gross shot 136.
PIQUA — Greenville’s Kenna Jenkinson shot a 35 Thursday at Echo Hills, leading the Green Wave past Piqua in a 190-222 Indians loss.
Kenzi Anderson led the Indians with a 49, Brooklynne Wright shot 54, Haley Krogman shot 56, Ivy Lee shot 63, Sierra Grinstead shot 68 and Marin Funderburg shot 76.
Piqua faces Troy Tuesday.
Other scores: Butler 189, Troy 240.