Flyers generate tournament win to claim NBC trophy

J. Patrick Eaken

In a close finish, Lake won the Northern Buckeye Conference boys golf title with 43 points over second place Otsego (41) and third place Eastwood (39).
In the team standings, which includes five events, Genoa finished fourth with 30 points followed by Woodmore (24), Elmwood (21) and Rossford (6).
Lake did not win a single league shootout, but at the league tournament at Green Hills Golf Course in Clyde on Sept. 14, the Flyers scored 349 to defeat second place Otsego (359), giving the Flyers the championship. Lake coach Mike DeStazio has now won league championships at three NBC schools—Lake, Genoa, and Woodmore in various sports.
The NBC Player of the Year is Genoa golfer Jake Ewerson, who averaged 40.8 strokes per nine holes in league play. Before he left to take the job at Lake, Ewerson was coached by DeStazio at Genoa. Current Genoa head coach Cody McPherson, who was junior varsity coach before taking the varsity role, says Ewerson had to dig down deep to finish strong.
“Jake has had a nice season so far. He put together an impressive league run. In the four league shootouts, he finished second, fifth, 10th, and first,” McPherson said.
  “On an interesting note, as a team, we had our worst team outing of the year at Birch Run which was the third league match. Afterward, the team was challenged to find their inner competitor and prepare for the next shootout which was the following day,” McPherson continued. “Not only did Jake respond as the leader of the team, shooting the lowest and taking first, but so did the whole team as we had pulled out a victory for the day.
  “Jake followed that event up by shooting an 80 during the league tournament out at Green Hill. His back nine was where he saw the most success, shooting a 38 which led the tournament. His second-place finish pushed him on top to be NBC Player of the year over a very nice field of competitors.
  “One thing that stands out the most about Jake is his drive. He has been internally motivated to get better at golf since he came out as a freshman and it obviously has shown in his successes this year. He is gritty, works hard, and shares his experiences with his teammates. He is a great student-athlete on and off the course.” 
Lake and Eastwood had five golfers each selected to the All-NBC team while Otsego had three.
Lake golfer Ben Luoma is first team All-NBC, averaging 42.5 strokes per nine. Joining him on the first team are Tristan Schuerman (Eastwood), 40.8, Michael Budge (Otsego), 39.8, Aaron Miller (Woodmore), 41, and Duane Perkins (Woodmore), 43.8.
Second team selections are Chaz Timko (Otsego), 41.7, Jon Huston (Genoa), 43.5, Myles Lowe (Lake), 43.4, Ryan Wagner (Lake), 44.8, Zach Buehler (Woodmore), 44.9 and Chase Osborn (Lake), 45.3.
Honorable mention choices include Lucas Gallaher (Eastwood), 46.9, Trent Marten (Eastwood), 48, Tegan Tyson (Elmwood), Ethan Edelbrock (Eastwood), 46.6, Jack Walsh (Lake), 49.2, and Carson Hollar (Otsego), 48.5.
At the NBC tournament, Eastwood shot 364 to finish third, followed by Genoa (368), Woodmore (378) and Elmwood (380). Rossford had only three golfers participate and did not have a team score.
Lake was led at the tournament by Luoma, who was medalist, shooting 40-39-79. Wagner shot 42-44-86, followed by Lowe (46-44-90), Walsh (43-51-94), Osborn (47-48-95) and Carson DeLauter (54-57-111).
Schuerman was the top golfer for the Eagles, finishing fourth with a 43-41-84. Other Eastwood golfers were Marten (42-50-92), Buehler (43-50-93), Gallaher (49-46-95), Ethan Patchett (51-46-97) and Edelbrock (56-46-102).
For Genoa, Ewerson was tournament runner-up, shooting 42-38-80. Other Comets were Huston (49-42-91), Isaac Ewerson (49-49-98), Alex Large (52-47-99), Caleb Klatt (50-55-105) and Nathan Partin (55-50-105).
Woodmore’s Miller and Perkins finished third and fourth, scoring 42-40-82 and 43-41-84. Other Wildcat golfers were Tristan Haas (49-51-100), Carsen Szakovits (61-51-112), Brock Perry (71-63-134) and Jack Morris (70-69-139).


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