Homer Central golfers used a balanced lineup to stay unbeaten after three OHSL Freedom National Division matches this season with a 212-222 win over host Cortland High Monday at Willowbrook Golf Club.
Louis Nardis paced the Trojans with a 40 while Noah Goddard totaled 41, Ethan Stiles 42, Brent McNeil 44 and Mike Turck 45. Adam Passalugo led the Purple Tigers (1-1 league and overall) with a 40 to share medalist honors with Nardis. Tyler Zacek shot a 43, Landon Rozewski a 45, Cooper Swartwout a 47 and Brandon Ludwig a 47.
“You really have to hand it to Homer,” CHS coach Yale Hughes said. “They played surprisingly well on a course that they don’t play very often. They are much better this year than I thought they would be. I thought they would be very top-end strong but they have great balance throughout their whole squad.
“On the other hand, we underachieved. Many of our players hit several balls out of bounds. Those penalty strokes sure add up quickly. We’re disappointed but we know that there’s plenty of season left to get better.”
Despite the setback, Hughes saw some good individual results from his team.
“Adam’s 40 gave him the home score to make sectionals,” Hughes said. “Now he has to shoot a 5-over-par round or better on an away course. That shouldn’t be a problem. He’s been playing well all year. Landon continues to impress; his 45 was the best he’s shot all year. Brandon’s 47 was also was pretty good for someone with little match experience.
“We have no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have three more matches in four days. We just have to shrug it off and think positive thoughts the rest of the week.”
Cortland was to host Mexico today and Phoenix on Wednesday at Willowbrook, both matches starting at 11 a.m. The Purple Tigers then travel to Chittenango Friday to take on the Bears at Rogues Roost in another 11 a.m. start.
Homer is off until Friday, when it hosts Westhill at Cortland Country Club with an 11 a.m. tee time.
In other OHSL outings Monday, Auburn got the best of East Syracuse-Minoa Blue 201-226, Westhill topped Phoenix 210-259, Mexico defeated Chittenango 215-253 and Syracuse CBA posted an easy 2126-255 win over LaFayette.