VENANGO — Entering the third mega match of the season there was a three-way tie atop the Region 3 standings. Seven-time defending region champion Saegertown found itself in unfamiliar territory — no longer alone at the top. Conneaut Area and Union City had also climbed up the board and were putting the pressure on the Panthers.
“This is a very unique year where we’re not real high,” said Saegertown head coach Brian Hanley. “We’re all right in the middle now.”
The Panthers, at least for now, have regained sole possession of the top spot in the standings after defending their home course. On Wednesday afternoon, Saegertown paced the field with a team round of 333 to win the third mega match of the season in Region 3.
“We knew if we didn’t take care of business here and then go to CASH and play their course, it’s a tough hole,” added Hanley. “It’s mentally tough.”
Saegertown may be the lone leader again, but it is certainly now time to relax. The Panthers now have 16 points. CASH follows with 15. Union City is third with 13. Cambridge Springs has 10. Seneca has six while Maplewood has 3.
It was a balanced performance once again for the Panthers. Dylan Flinchbaugh had the low round of the tournament with a 78. Nick Archacki tallied an 84, Carson Jones an 85 and Andy Hasychak an 86.
“This is what you want from your home team. That’s about what everyone’s capable of doing average-wise,” Hanley said. “If you ask each one of my boys, they’d probably say they could go 10 strokes lower. But every kid up there could say the same thing, that’s how golf is.”
Conneaut wound up in second place with a 360 overall. Alex Wiles was the top golfer for the Eagles with an 81. Cooper Baum and Jordan Vaughn each had 92’s while Andrew McKalip shot a 95.
“We’ve just got to learn how to take a lump and move forward without thinking about it so much,” said Conneaut head coach Bob Slevin. “Today’s match, I knew, was going to be a difficult match. We prepped a little bit for it. But the greens were a little bit quicker than we’re used to, the wind was a little factor today, the
temperature became a little factor today.
“(Saegertown) played well. Their home course and they played well.”
Union City was also in that tie for the top spot, but ended up falling to fourth as Cambridge Springs edged out the Bears with a 367.
“Cambridge played their best game this year,” said Slevin.
Lance Welker led the way with an 89. Devin Mott shot a 90, Caden Mumford had a 93 and Walker Cunningham followed with a 95.
“I was hoping that Cambridge would’ve went eight strokes lower, that would have helped us put CASH back,” said Hanley. “But they’re coming along. Cambridge is starting to be respectable and I like that.”
Union City placed in fourth with a 370. Tyler Parkhurst tallied an 85 to lead the Bears. Josh James posted a 91 while Cole Desimone notched a 96. Matt Yaple finished with a 98.
Seneca ended in fifth with a 448. Joey Petrarca had a 98 for the Bobcats. Maplewood shot a 478 team score with Chase Halsaver leading with a 113.
Next up is Conneaut’s home match at Oakland Beach Golf Club next Wednesday.