October 22, 2021

OHSL golf: CHS back in race upending Trojans

The Cortland High golf team got some revenge and re-entered the OHSL Freedom National title picture Monday afternoon with a 222-227 win over host Homer at Cortland Country Club.

Both teams are now 6-2 in league play, a half-game behind Westhill, which improved to 6-1 in the league with a 201-277 win over visiting Phoenix Monday at Camillus CC. The Purple Tigers (7-4 overall) split with both Homer and Westhill this season, while the Trojans (7-3 overall) lost Westhill earlier and visit the Warriors on Thursday.

Tyler Zacek easily earned medalist honors Monday with a 36 while Cortland also got a 42 from Adam Passalugo and 48s from Landon Rozewski, Brandon Ludwig and Nick Djafari.

Brent McNeil and Mike Turck paced Homer with 44s while Noah Goddard and Casey Hayes both came in at 45 and Ryan Angell totaled 49.

“Tyler came through big-time today,” CHS coach Yale Hughes said of Zacek. “His driver was on, and when you’re hitting fairways at ‘The Club,’ the course gets much easier. Adam also played steadily, just like he’s done all year. I’m also proud of the way Nick played today. This was the first match that his score counted for the team total. We caught Homer on a bad day. They usually are much better than what they did today.

“Our 222 wasn’t a great score, but it was good enough to put us back into contention for the league title. We need a little help from Homer, though. They need to beat Westhill on Thursday to make it a three-way tie for first place. If that happens and each team beats the other teams in the league, like they’re supposed to, the league would have tri-champs.”

“Another bad day on the links for us,” Homer coach Sean Malone said. “For some reason we just haven’t been able to consistently put good rounds together. Everyone is shooting well over their averages over the past week and a half, and it has cost us a few matches we felt we could have won. We are going to put in some work over the next few days to try and correct it. Hats off to Cortland for coming and playing better than us.”

Cortland visits league opponent Phoenix Wednesday at Rose Creek Golf Course and LaFayette Thursday in a non-leaguer at Orchard Vali Golf Club in a pair of 3:30 p.m. starts. Homer hosts Chittenango Wednesday before its trip to Westhill Thursday, both matches also starting at 3:30 p.m.

In another National Division match Monday, Mexico posted a 226-244 win over Chittenango to remain in fourth place in the standings.