By Rob Kiser
The 30th and final Scott Homan Memorial was contested Monday at Piqua Country Club.
And nothing really changed from the first Homan in 1986, to honor Scott Homan whose life ended tragically in a car accident
“To be honest, I had no expectations going in,” Cindy Homan Walk, Scott’s mother, who along with her family has provided the best possible start to the golf season, said. “I just knew I wanted to do something for the high school golfers. Scottie (Homan) loved the game so much.”
She has done that and more with a tournament that gave local high school golfers a great course to start the season, the best possible treatment from the Homan Family and a tournament everyone also looked forward to.”
Longtime Versailles coach Pete DiSalvo and his teams have been a part of almost every Homan.
“Cindy (Homan Walk) really did a great thing with this tournament,” DiSalvo said. “It is first class every year. The first thing I am going to tell the new coach next year is you missed it. What a great course to play on. And you get to see how the other teams are doing as well. I am always looking at the board to see what other teams are shooting.”
First year Piqua coach Andy Johnson agreed.
“I got to play in this all four years at Covington,” he said. “This was my home course in junior high and high school. Anytime you got a chance to play on this course, you did it. It is a great tournament and it has always been first class all the way.”
On Monday, Wapakoneta came away with the final team title with 321, while Troy was second with 330 followed by St. Marys with 346.
Wapakoneta’s Logan Miller defeated Troy’s Holden Scribner in a playoff for medalist honors after both shot 74.
Versailles took fourth with a 346 total.
Tiger scores included Nicholas Litten Stonebraker 79, Kyle Cotner 87, Isaac Ruhenkamp 92, Preston Platfoot 95 and Alex Groff 95.
“We are not young, but we are inexperienced,” DiSalvo said. “We have two solid golfers in Nicholas Litten Stonebraker and Kyle Cotner. We just need to find a third and fourth.”
Lehman Catholic took seventh with 372 total.
Returning district qualifier Tyler Lachey led the Cavaliers with 82.
Other Lehman scores were Cole Gilardi 90, Ryan Schmidt 97, Mikey Rossman 103 and Parker Riley 106.
“I played in this tournament all four years, so I know how special this is,” Lehman coach Calvin Milligan said. “It is always first class. Tyler (Lachey) played really solid today. Ryan Schmidt and Parker Riley have been showing good senior leadership.”
Piqua was eighth with a 381 total.
Derek Jennings led the Indians with an 84.
Other Piqua golfers were Brennan Hicks 94, Aaron Davis 97, Spencer Lavey 106 and Jon Irvin 109.
“Derek (Jennings) is our most consistent golfer,” Johnson said. “He works really hard on his game, played a lot this summer and it shows.”
Miami East finished 12th with a 392 total.
Dylan Martinez led East with an 81.
Other Viking scores were Walker Henley 98, Zac Johnson 102, Luke Gilliland 111 and Jack Runner 115.
“This is the best tournament there is,” Miami East coach Terry Henley said. “They always treat you great. We lost eight players from last year and have six freshman. This is great for our young players — and they get to play with experienced players and see what they do.”
Covington was 16th with a 464 score.
Andrew Slusser led the Buccs with an 81.
Other Covington scores were Hunter Alexander 112, Dylan Lucas 135, Derek McCool 136 and Jack Shell 140.
“This is always a great tournament and I am going to miss it,” Covington coach Bill Wise said. “Andrew (Slusser) played really well. We have a lot of young golfers. This is a great way to start the season, because there is no pressure on them.”
Piqua B finished 18th with a 484 total.
Piqua scores were Kody Poling 104, Nick Wright 111, Matt Herron 119, Shane Kerrigan 140 and Christian Starrett 151.
And once again, the tournament reflected what Scott Homan was all about.
“I really didn’t have any expectations,” Homan Walk said. “I just wanted to do something to honor Scottie’s memory and turn a negative into a positive.”
Did she ever — and for the 30th year, Scott was smiling down from above on his day.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.
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