MINSTER — The Minster boys golf team distanced itself from the rest of the 14-team field to capture the Cardinal Invitational in the comfort of its home course Arrowhead Golf Club on Tuesday.
Minster sophomore Xavier Francis fired a two-over par 74, Freddie Purdy and John Burke each had 78s, and Josh Tumbusch shot an 82 for the Minster team total of 312.
Minster was 10 shots clear of second-place Russia, which shot a 322 on a day of early rain followed by clear, cool conditions.
Head coach Jay Purdy thinks his team has the kind of game to continue the strong run that Minster has put together over the last decade. The Wildcats have won six of the last seven Midwest Athletic Conference titles to go with the 2009 state championship and a run of district appearances.
“This was a great way to start the season,” Purdy said. “We’ve got a lot of talent. Hopefully we can play up to that talent.”
Conner Dudley of Fremont St. Joe earned invitational medalist honors with a one-under par 71.
Wapakoneta finished fourth, with Drew Wayman shooting a 79 to lead the Redskins. Bobby Crow shot an 80, Caleb Acheson had an 81 and Josh Apple shot an 89.
New Bremen took sixth with a 339 while doing the hosting duties for the early-season tournament. Darin Bergman led the way with a two-over par 74. Alex Britton shot an 81, Travis Bertelsen had a 90 and Zach Hegemier shot a 94.
St. Marys finished seventh with a 354 team score. Colin Burke’s 79 led the way for the Roughriders. Carter Bowman added an 82, Stephen Axe shot a 92 and Kyle Kiefer had a 101.
St. Marys head coach Scott Ross said this week that his team will need to develop some depth behind his top two golfers in Bowman and Burke, who both played well as freshmen last fall. Bowman
“We’re kind of lopsided this year,” Ross said. “We’ve got two kids who we know what we’re going to get and then we have some guys who we’re hoping can step and and surprise people.”
Axe has played well early, Ross said. “He just started playing last year and he’s got the bug.”
New Knoxville’s Tyler Shreve shot an 80 to lead the Rangers in their 11th-place finish. Jake Allen shot a 95, Michael Porter had a 97 and Brandon Steinke shot a 102.
Medalist: Conner Dudley, Fremont St. Joe, 71
Team Scores: 1. Minster 312 (Xavier Francis 74, Freddie Purdy 78, John Burke 78, Josh Tumbusch 82, Austin Brackman 85, Sam Schutte 85), 2. Russia 322, 3. Fremont St. Joe 327, 4. Wapakoneta 329 (Drew Wayman 79, Bobby Crow 80, Caleb Acheson 81, Josh Apple 89, Alex Gossard 92, Aaron Johnson 94), 5. Versailles 330, 6. New Bremen 339 (Darin Bergman 74, Alex Britton 81, Travis Bertelsen 90, Zach Hegemier 94, Jeff Trego 96, Alex Feltz 97), 7. St. Marys 354 (Colin Burke 79, Carter Bowman 82, Stephen Axe 92, Kyle Kiefer 101, Dirk Fenwick 104, Tyler McMarry 114), 8. Botkins 355, 9. Anna 356, 10. Sidney Lehman Catholic 361, 11. New Knoxville (Tyler Shreve 80, Jake Allen 95, Michael Porter 97, Brandon Steinke 102, David Boesche 107, Conner Samuel 111), 12. Jackson Center 395, 13. Fort Loramie (Jordan Meyer 94, Brandon Eilerman 99, Tanner Rosengarten 99, Kyle Pleiman 108, Josh Koppin 108, Aaron Schwartz 123), 14. Houston.
Parkway wins Mercer Co. Invite
Parkway coasted to the Mercer County Invitational title on Tuesday at the Mercer County Elks.
The Panthers, who look to be a contender in the MAC race this year, shot a 326. Jordan Bollenbacher led the way with a 76.
Celina took second. Alex Ray and Kaleb Kuhn each shot 83.
Marion Local took fifth. Conner Unrast shot a 95 to lead the Flyers.