Another year of the Madison County Boys Golf Tournament brings Jonathan Alder yet another championship trophy.
The host Pioneers walked away from the annual event held Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Buck Ridge Golf Course, it’s home course, with not only hardware but also a ton of confidence heading into the last portion of the regular-season schedule.
Alder fired a 9-hole score of 157 which was 14 shots better than runner-up West Jefferson (171). Madison-Plains and Shekinah Christian both finished with scores of 185, while London came in with a team score of 191.
“Considering the conditions we were playing in, I was very pleased with the way we performed,” Alder coach Mitch Koester said. “It started raining really hard about halfway through the round and the wind picked up and that kind of took the momentum away from a couple of my guys, but all things considered I thought we did well as a team.”
The Pioneers’ Hayden Mitchell was the event medalist with his round of 38. He finished just ahead of teammates Mychal McKelvey (39), Giuseppe Petrella (40) and Tyler Hilbert (40).
West Jefferson’s Matt McClish (40), Joe Thompson (42) and Shekinah’s John Michael Hershberger (42) were all part of the first team All-Madison County.
The second team was made up of Zach Otto (Jonathan Alder) -43, Gabe Garrison (Madison-Plains) -43, Peter Shughert (Shekinah Christian) -43, Adyn Gammell (Madison-Plains) -44, Scotty Hunter (West Jefferson) -44, Clay Grear (Madison-Plains) -45, and Ethan Hoenie (West Jefferson) -45.
Earning honorable mention were Liam Thompson (Jonathan Alder), Ben Hershberger (Shekinah Christian), Kyle Howard (West Jefferson), Joseph Siler (Madison-Plains) and Joe Johnson (London).
“We are playing really well right now and my top four guys have been really consistent over the past couple of weeks,” Koester said. “I like how we are playing and all six guys know that any given day they could go low, and all six of them have the capability to shot under 40. When we get four guys to go 40 or under is when it is really fun for them.
“As far as our course goes, we always think we should be able to shoot under 160 at Buck Ridge because we play there so much, but it was really nice to see them do it with the way the conditions were (Wednesday).”
Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.