By Rob Kiser
If Wednesday’s Dan Kendig Memorial was any indication, there will be some real battles in Cross County Conference golf matches this season.
Along with Twin Valley South’s Nathan Osborn — who wasn’t there — three CCC golfers shared medalist honors in the tournament at Echo Hills, while another was a stroke back.
Covington’s Andrew Slusher, Miami East’s Zac Johnson and Franklin Monroe’s Jeremy Bridenbaugh all carded 78s, while Newton’s Chet Jamison came in with 79.
Slusher had a 37 on the front and 41 on the back, while Johnson and Bridenbaugh both had matching nines of 39.
Slusher had hopes of being medalist.
“It is always good to get the season started,” Slusher said. “I played well except for a few holes. There are always a few holes you can look back on, but it was a good way to start the season.”
“It is a great way to start the season,” he said. “I came in just hoping to do well.”
As the round went on, he began thinking about being medalist.
“Definitely, the last couple holes I was pretty nervous,” he said. “But, I am happy with the way I played.”
Jamison came into the season with high expectations, so he was a little disappointed with his score.
“I got the ball to the green just fine,” Jamison said. “But, I really struggled with my short game. This game is 80 percent mental, and that is what I struggle with most. Because, once something happens, it gets in your head. But, I always enjoy these preseason tournaments and it is good to see where everybody is at early in the season.”
Fort Loramie won the tournament with a 340 total, edging Anna by one stroke.
Franklin Monroe finished third with a 350 total.
The rest of the team scores included Versailles 361, Newton 373, Milton-Union 375, Miami East 380, Arcanum 393, Fairlawn 410, Russia 412, Houston 415, Covington 427, Bethel 440 and Piqua 447.
Connor Van Skyock led Versailles with an 82.
Other Tiger scores were Preston Platfoot 88, Austin Pleiman 91, Ethan Kremer 100, Alex Keiser 102 and Brayden Robinson 114.
Other Newton scores were Garrett Peters 89, Nate Zielinski 102, Drew Thiesing 103, Mitchell Montgomery 108 and Nash Lavy 110.
Other Miami East scores were San Zapadaka 95, Cooper Elleman 102, Austin Parsons 105, Kyle Fellers 111 and Luke Gilliand 113.
Jack Dapore led Russia with 88.
Other Raider scores were Will Sherman 106, Brandon Koverman 108, Evan Coverstone 110, Drew Sherman 115 and Tyler Scott 119.
Cameron Via led Houston with a 94.
Other Wildcat scores were Bryan Funk 102, Nathan Stangel 108, Collin Walker 111, Jon Steiner 114 and Adam Winner 116.
Other Covington scores were Jack Shell 108, Dylan Lucas 116, Thomas Kuether 125, Brent Humphrey 126 and Jobe Morgan 137.
Aaron Davis led Piqua with a 90.
Other Indians scores were Nick Wright 113, Kyler Kommer 117, Matt Herron 127, Decker Jackson 133 and Evan Hicks 134.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.