Woodmore junior Alex Gedert hasn’t had many days on the golf course he’d like to forget lately, but Monday was one of those days.
Gedert and his teammates played in the Edison Invitational at Sawmill Creek in Huron on Monday, and Gedert shot a 19-over 90 for his worst round of the season.
“That was his first round out of the 70s,” Woodmore coach Steve Burner said. “He did not like that course.”
Gedert said he chalked it up to just one of those days, on a course he really doesn’t care for.
“That place never fits my eye quite right,” he said. “It’s not a course I prefer. It just wasn’t my day. I play more of a fade (shot) off the tee, and it just doesn’t fit how I play.”
As soon as that round was over, Gedert started thinking about Thursday’s Division III sectional tournament at Green Hills in Clyde.
“I’m totally refocused and ready to go,” he said.
Gedert and senior teammate Devin Fisher are the only two returning starters from a Woodmore squad that won the school’s second straight Northern Buckeye Conference title last season and then went on to take the sectional crown at Green Hills.
If Gedert shoots the same round he did at last week’s NBC tournament at Green Hills, the Wildcats will have a shot to advance at sectionals. Gedert, 17, repeated as a first-team all-conference performer this season after earning medalist honors at the NBC tourney. The 69 he carded was his low round for the season.
“It was huge for me to make a big move and make a run at it,” said Gedert, who shot 79 in the NBC tourney last season. “Everything just came together. I don’t know if I expected medalist. It never crossed my mind. I just wanted to go out and shoot a good round.”
Woodmore won the NBC tournament but fell short of defending its overall conference championship. Lake won the NBC title, which consists of four nine-hole shootouts against NBC rivals and the season-ending 18-hole tournament. Woodmore and Eastwood tied for second place for the overall title.
“It was tough,” Gedert said. “Going in, we weren’t in a good spot. It was big that we pulled through and got second. It was a big step. Our coach expected third and we exceeded expectations, because we didn’t play well up to that point. We brought it all to the (NBC) championship.”
Gedert honed his game by playing all summer in the Lake Erie Junior Golf Association and the Toledo Junior Golf Assocation. He won four times on the LEJGA circuit and did fairly well in the TJGA.
“This was my best golf season yet,” Gedert said. “Right now, it just feels right. It feels like it’s all there. Everything’s coming together at once, just because of going out and practicing every day and playing golf.”
Burner, who said Gedert is a jokester who “keeps the team loose,” said he has been impressed by the way Gedert has improved his game.
“Alex has total game,” the coach said. “He’s long off the tee and he is knowledgable around the greens, as far as being able to flop it over and get up and down. He gets out there in the summer and they play the bigger courses. I knew he was going to be a real good golfer, but I didn’t know he was going to have the total package he showed this year. There are no weak spots in his game.”
Gedert, who also plays organized hockey for the Northwest Eagles midget club, said he is ready for the postseason and has one goal in mind.
“State’s the main goal,” he said on Wednesday. “Right now I’m looking at sectionals and taking it one step at a time, but state is the ultimate goal. That’s where you want to be at the end of the year.”