The Arrows nipped cross-county rival Ontario for the 20th title in a tournament that is looked on as having one of the strongest fields from top-to-bottom in Northwest Ohio.
“We certainly feel it is,” tournament director Shayne Fischer said. “You can bet the top seven or eight teams here today will be contenders for district and regional titles.”
Norwalk, which won three straight titles under the direction of coach Wes Douglas, was the best of the local contingent Monday in tying for fourth with Genoa at 343. That was five strokes behind No. 3 Olmsted Falls.
“Certainly not our best showing, but no complaints with a top five finish,” Douglas said. “This is a tough golf course, one that has trouble waiting for a player on every hole. Play well here and you can compete anywhere.”
The Truckers, after a final regular season match with Clyde, go to Mohawk for their sectional next Tuesday.
Norwalk senior Jarod Kessler led the team in scoring with a 78, one of just four players to break 80. The tournament medalist was Amherst’s Adam Cook. He carded a four-over 75. Max Watson from Ashland was in at 77 as was Marc Wilkins, Jr. from Ontario. Kessler followed with his 78.
The only other area golfer to break into the all-tournament top 10 was Oliver Thomas from Margaretta. He was one of three players who shot an 82.
Other Norwalk score came from seniors Cam Nickoli (86), Braden Nunez (87), Grant Fisher (92) and Jonah Mersereau (96).
Perhaps the surprise team of the tournament was Willard, which came up with their best-ever tournament showing — a seventh place finish with 349 strokes.
“Very satisfield,” Willard coach Nick Wenzel said. “Honestly, I saw this coming though. We had not been playing to our potential, but we broke through this afternoon. Now have renewed optimism for Thursday, as we come right back here for our sectional.”
The Willard total came by virtue of scores from junior Kolin McKelvey (83), seniors Alec Gardner (86) and Graham Wiers (91), sophomore Ian Brown (89) and freshman Micah Dawson (102).
The tournament honoree was former St. Mary Central Catholic coach Chuck Riesterer.
Riesterer took the Panthers to the state tournament five times over his 13-year coaching career. Their best finish was fifth. The 63-year-old coach also coached girl’s basketball at SMCC.
Final scores of the 23-team tournament:
Ashland 332, Ontario 333, Olmsted Falls 339, tie Norwalk and Genoa 343, Amherst Steele 344, Willard 349, Margaretta 350, Woodmore 351, tie Westlake, Vermilion 354, Shelby 366, Edison 367, Huron 369, Clear Fork 376, Port Clinton 377,Perkins 379, tie Clyde, North Ridgeville and Oak Harbor 381, Midview 383, Bellevue 384, St. Mary C.C. 406.
Area individual scores:
Norwalk (343): Braden Nunez 87, Jarod Kessler 78, Cam Nickoli 86, Grant Fisher 92, Jonah Mersereau 96.
Willard (349 ): Kolin McKelvey 83, Alec Gardner 86, Graham Wiers 91, Ian Brown 89, Micah Dawson 102.
Margaretta (350): Oliver Thomas 82, Dylan Morris 87, Carson Kennedy 89, Tommy Anderson 99, Cameron Brace 92.
Vermilion (354): Joby Pfeil 86, Reese Miller 88, Noah Cassiatore 91, Mason Montgomery 89, Sam Herron 118.
Edison (367): Thomas Oeder 85, Casey Fair 86, Clayton Betts 97, Ryan Nealey 107, Adan Hall 99.
Huron (369): Tim Delahunt 89, Jake Swope 99, Jacob Monchar 91, Jaret Monak 90, Connor Kleist 108.
Port Clinton (377): John Young 99, Noah Shaw 104, Jaxox Martinez 85, Lyman Brown 89, Garret Arnold 113.
Perkins (379): Drew McVeigh 100, John Sharp 92, Sam Siegel 90, Jacob Williams 97, Ian Hemphill 115.
Clyde (381): David Hohenstein 90, Mike Haynes 99, Grant Reese 110, Ryder Gamerstfelder 98, Tyler Dearth 94.
Oak Harbor (381): Jacob Glubler 115, Alex Millinger 96, Colin Ish 97, Jordan Millinger 97, Kyle Tomar 91.
Bellevue (384): Nate Fox 95, Jacob Tiell 101, Jacob Volkman 98, Garrett Vickery 93, Connor Rospert 98.
St. Mary C.C. (406): Ashton Groff 94, Carson Kasper 115, Tyler Hand 91, Gus Roth 106, Billy Tyler 125.