By Ryan Kaczmarski
The Rocky River boys team shot a combined low of 312 en route to winning the West Shore Conference tournament and overall championships on Thursday at Sweetbriar Golf Course.
Pirate golfers Tim Smith and Jackson Farling tied for medalist with low rounds of 75. Considering the extremely wet course, this was an amazing feat.
“It was wet and there was no roll at all,” Smith said. “I didn’t start off very well, but we play 18 holes. I made a couple birdies here and there and didn’t finish well, but I ended up with a nice round of 75.”
“I played really well today,” Farling said. “The course was really wet, though. It especially affected the ball flight and the rough was really thick.”
Rocky River ended the regular season with a 10-2 record and took first place at the WSC preview meet, add those statistics to the tournament win, and that gave them the overall conference championship.
“Two years in a row is nice,” said Pirates’ head coach Mike Patterson. “Considering the conditions, I think the kids played very well. It was extremely wet with standing water, but the greens were good and it was the same for everybody.”
Tom Garibaldi shot 78 and Sam Sheehan shot 84 to round out Rocky River’s scoring.
“Tim Smith has been our number one all year and played well,” Patterson said. “Jackson (Farling) is only a sophomore and for him to shoot a 75 was huge for us. To have three players shoot in the 70s today was huge.”
The Bay boys team finished fourth in the tournament and tied with Elyria Catholic for fifth place overall in the conference.
Jack Eiffel had Bay’s low round with a score of 84. The other scores for the Rockets were Scotty Guether (85), Andrew Cooper (88) and Kevin Keefe (89).
Bay had a regular season record of 5-7 and finished fifth at the WSC preview meet.
The Bay girls team won the WSC tournament, but came in second to Avon in the overall conference standings.
“It has been a very successful season,” said Bay girls head coach Joseph Cheney. “We went 9-3 in WSC play and our only losses were to Avon. Under the sloppy conditions, we must be mudders, my girls stuck to their game plan of staying down on the ball and keeping it in the fairway.
Bay junior Stephanie Sheppa had the low round for her team with a score of 92, which is a career low for her.
“She did it by having great control off the tee and only having 38 putts,” Cheney said.
Cierra Miller, also a junior, finished with a round of 94.
“Both of these girls (Sheppa and Miller) have the ability to be great golfers,” Cheney said. “They have good distance off the tee and by continuing to develop their short games, they will become complete golfers.”
Rounding out the scoring for Bay was Kelsey Reilley (97) and Michaela Campbell (98).
The Rocky River girls team placed second in the tournament, led by senior Jacqueline Gentner. Gentner tied Avon’s Kaitlin Neumann with the low round of 81.
“It was really nice to tie for the low score,” Gentner said. “Hopefully I can beat my score at sectionals.”
The other Pirates’ scorers were Catherine Evans (96), Ellie Peterson (101) and Elena Chiviles (105).
“I’m very pleased with their effort,” said Rocky River girls coach Richard Haag. “We had a couple of girls really step up. Three out of my four scorers were seniors, so they really stepped it up and had great rounds despite the conditions today. Everyone did exactly what they needed to do.”
Avon placed third in the tournament, but still clinched the overall WSC title.
The sectional tournament starts on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and will be back at Sweetbriar.