By Rob Kiser
A little rain didn’t stop the Piqua and Miami East boys golf teams from battling it out on the front nine of Echo Hills Thursday morning.
And it was competitive right to the very end, before the Vikings emerged with a 179-181 win over the Indians.
“I wasn’t sure we had played well enough to get the win,” Miami East coach Terry Henley said. “We had some kids who had some troubles on a hole or two. But, it was good to get the match in.”
Scot Kirby led the Vikings with a 40, sharing medalist honors with Piqua’s Kyle Ingle and Derrick Gullett.
Kley Karadak bounced back from a nine on the par-4 fourth hole with a 45 to hep the Vikings get the win.
Dylan Martinez had a 46, Walker Henley carded a 48, Ryan Haney shot 51 and Zac Johnson added 52.
“Right now, we are ahead of last year,” Henley said about the Vikings record season from a year ago. “I still feel good about us making a run a state this year. We come over to Echo Hills to use the practice green, because it is one of the nicest ones in close proximity for us. I feel like we are ready to go for the (CCC) preview tomorrow.”
While Piqua did not record the win, the Indians were not without some positives.
Ingle continued his strong play for the Indians, recording a 40 that included a double and a triple.
“He just shot one-under in practice last night, which is the first time he has done that,” Burns said. “Kyle (Ingle) is really playing well.”
First-year golfer Gullett had his best round in the early season, carding a 40.
“I told Derrick (Gullett) that was going to happen,” Burns said. “He drives the ball a long way and I told him the putts would start to fall. That was good to see.”
Rounding out the Piqua scores were Aaron Davis 50, Derek Jennings 51, Brennan Hicks 59, Spencer Lavey.
“I am a tightwad when it comes to that (saving strokes),” Burns said. “It is (a match they could have won). Every time you go out there, you can learn something. It was good to play in this weather, because it seems like the GWOC or sectionals are always played in weather like this. Now, we get ready for the GWOC preview.”
Both teams will be back in action today.
While Piqua plays in the GWOC Preview at Beechwood Golf Course, Miami East will play in the CCC Preview at Stillwater Valley Golf Course.
With both teams hoping for a little better weather.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.