SYRACUSE – The format didn’t present itself for greatness, but Wawasee made it work.
Playing in rain and some wind, Wawasee posted its finest round of the season, a 161, which bested three opponents at Thursday’s quad at South Shore Golf Club.
Wawasee’s round topped Manchester’s 164, South Bend Riley’s 181 and Whitko’s 185 on a soggy track.
The win for the Warriors (6-2) came on an incredibly consistent performance from its top four, where Dillon Drake, Victor Tayagua and Evan Dippon all shot 40s while Zach Leedy was one back at 41 for the Wawasee output. Caden Weldy added a 46 as the fifth score.
“What a turnaround from our last match,” stated Wawasee head coach Steve Coverstone. “We didn’t break 180 in perfect weather. Tonight, 161 in cold and rainy weather. I am happy the kids were able to turn it around. Four rounds of 40 will win a lot of matches.”
Manchester’s top two were in usual form, with Harley Kruschwitz fired an even par 36 to medal the match. Harley was followed closely by brother Owen Kruschwitz with a two-over par 38. Konrad Borgmann and Klayton Hendrix both shot 45s, while Mathias McLaughlin rounded out the scoring with a 50.
Riley couldn’t get its third and fourth scores to keep up with the Warriors and Squires. Nick Stewart had a 41 and Chad Hartstein added a 42, but a 47 from Spencer Houghton and 51 from Jacob Beebe left the Wildcats off the pace.
Whitko didn’t have the frontline scores to keep up. Kylar Bryant led Whitko with a 42 and Jonathan Strayer had a 44, but Cade Bechtold had a 48 and Storm Baldridge a 51 to close out the Wildcat tallies.
Wawasee, Whitko and Manchester will all return to South Shore on Saturday for the Warrior Invite.