SYRACUSE – A tight contest came down to hole management, and Whitko was the finest of the foursome, picking up three wins Thursday in a boys golf quad at South Shore.
The Wildcats used a 39 from Cade Bechtold and three more scores in the 40s to post a 176, bettering Three Rivers Conference rivals Manchester by one stroke (177), host Wawasee by three strokes (179), and South Bend Riley’s 193.
A 43 from Caleb Busz added to 47s from Dale Reiff and Kyler Bryant were just enough to get the job done.
The top round of the night was shot by Manchester’s Harley Kruschwitz, who had an even round of 35, keeping the Squires in the thick of it. Teammate Nathan Self posted a nice round of 41, but the scores fell off, with Konrad Bergmann at 47 and Logan Parrett’s 54 had to be kept.
Wawasee needed a fourth score and couldn’t quite find one. Zach Leedy posted a 41 to lead the team, and Dillon Drake bounced back from a tough round Tuesday to post a 44. Luke Weisser carded a 45 and Evan Dippon’s 49 was the fourth score kept.
South Bend Riley had its scores read 44 from Nick Stewart, 48 from Chad Hartein, 50 from Spencer Haughton and 51 from Kyle Neill.
“We improved by 20 shots over the last effort, but we have a long way to go,” said Wawasee head coach Steve Coverstone. “Congratulations to Whitko for playing well.”
The Wawasee Golf Invite will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at South Shore Golf Club. Whitko, Manchester and Wawasee will be among the field.