By Jake Thompson
PITTSBORO — As a result of torrential overnight rains that bombarded Quail Creek Golf Course, Wednesday evening’s match between the Cascade and Tri-West boys’ golf teams took on a familiar feel as the spring weather continues to disrupt play.
With the lift-clean-and-place rule in effect, both teams had opportunities to shoot low scores.
Of the two squads, Cascade made the most of the situation and shot a season low mark to down Tri-West, 174-201.
“The golf course was extremely wet and they aren’t used to playing in the wet conditions,” Cascade coach Anthony Arthur said. “To come out with our low was pretty good and we are getting better.”
The Cadets’ Hunter Drury took medalist honors on the day, carding a 39 and leading Cascade to its first win of the young season.
Both Justin Franchville (40) and Jake Canaday (44) shot their season lows for the Cadets and combined with Drew Gowan (51) and Drury, the quartet made up Cascade’s scoring.
Also contributing for the Cadets on the day were Johnny Will (54) and Drake Whicker (51).
“This was our fifth day outside all season and we are behind where we should be,” Arthur said. “We are at the mercy of the weather and you can only get so much better hitting off a mat in the simulator.”
Tri-West struggled to find consistency on the afternoon, shooting over 20 strokes from where they were a couple of days earlier. Bruins’ coach Tom Pemberton believes the squad’s youth and the conditions were contributing factors.
“Mother Nature has not been kind to start the season this year,” Pemberton said. ”The lineup as a whole outside of our No. 1 golfer, everyone else is getting their feet wet as full time varsity players. With only two guys having varsity experience, it’s tough on the young guys.”
Kyle Kirby (46), Brandon Bischof (52), Garhett Cook (51) and Eric Schmidt (52) combined for the Bruins’ 201. Also scoring were Dylan Keiser (52) and Levi Luzader (57).
Each coach felt there was an area both teams could use some improvement as they progress into the year.
“The biggest thing I’ve noticed this far is we need a lot of work from 100 yards and in,” Pemberton said. “That’s where you can really score in golf and that’s costing our guys a lot of shots right now. Not just putting, but with chips and mid-range shots and that’s something we will work on here in the very near future.”
Arthur believes his team left some shots out on the course as well and for the same reason.
“Everyone’s struggling with their short game even, Justin and Hunter at the one and two spots,” Arthur said. “Even their games are struggling a little bit there and it’s not where it should be at this point in the year.”