Litchfield and Hillsboro were on the same course for the first time this season as the two Rt. 16 rivals teed off at The Rail in Sherman on Tuesday, Aug. 24.
The annual trip north also included the Williamsville Bullets, who took the win with a 166 on Tuesday, beating the Panthers by 13 strokes and Hillsboro by 16.
Things were tight at the top individually, with three players, one from each team, tying for the top spot. Litchfield’s Tug Schwab and Hillsboro’s Dillon Smail both shot 2-over-par 36s on the day, tying Cole Brewer of Williamsville for medalist honors.
While the Bullets were both good enough and consistent enough to win the match (eight strokes separated Brewer and number six man Will Seman), the two county teams were nearly dead even.
Litchfield got a pair of 46s from Ian Otto and Kelvin Dooley, with Brawly Jacobs adding in the fourth scoring round with a 49 to give the team a 179. Numbers five and six for the Panthers weren’t far off the pace as both Zach Boston and Keagan Marten shot 50s to finish a stroke behind Jacobs.
Hillsboro also had two rounds in the 40s to go along with Smail’s medalist round as Dom Haggard and Drake Vogel contributed a 46 and a 47. Preston Lyerla added in a 51, with Tycen Thacker (58) and Austin Loskot (64) taking the fifth and sixth spots for the Toppers.
The meeting was the first, but not the last match between the two rivals, who will also face off on Sept. 21 at Carlinville and in the South Central Conference Tournament at Indian Springs on Sept. 27.
The Panthers also took second in their match prior to Tuesday’s trip to The Rail, on Friday, Aug. 20.
Litchfield shot a 167 at Timber Lakes Golf Course in Staunton, good enough to beat Gillespie by 42 and Mt. Olive by 46. Joshua Bailey would shoot a 38 to earn medalist honors for the match and lead Auburn to a match best 160.
Tug Schwab paced Litchfield with a 39, just one stroke behind Bailey for the top individual spot. Ian Otto was only a stroke behind Schwab, giving Litchfield two golfers in the top five.
Zach Boston backed the top two with a 42, while A.J. Odle added in a 46 for the final scoring round. Allen Schneider shot a 49 for the fifth scoring round, while Zach Leitschuh finished with a 58 in the sixth spot.
The two second place finishes in their last two matches (Monday’s match was cancelled due to lightning) bumped the Panthers’ record up to 4-2 on the season.
The Panthers will be at Country Hills Golf Course in Greenview on Saturday, Aug. 28, for the Bulldog Invitational.
Hillsboro will also be in a tournament this coming weekend as they play in the Dick Gerber Invite in Edwardsville, at Oak Brook on Aug. 27 and at Fox Creek on Aug. 28.
August 24 at Sherman
at The Rail - Par 36
Boys Team Results: Williamsville 166, Litchfield 179, Hillsboro 183.
Co-medalists: Tug Schwab (L) 38, Dillon Smail (H) 38, Cole Brewer (W) 38.
Williamsville (166) - Cole Brewer 38, Carson Conklin 41, Ryan Farris 43, Caleb Stuenkel 44, Leo Keebler 45, Will Seman 46.
Litchfield (179) - Tug Schwab 38, Ian Otto 46, Kelvin Dooley 46, Brawly Jacobs 49, Zach Boston 50, Keagan Marten 50.
Hillsboro (182) - Dillon Smail 38, Dom Haggard 46, Drake Vogel 47, Preston Lyerla 51, Tycen Thacker 58, Austin Loskot 64.
Records: Litchfield (4-2).
August 20 at Staunton
Timber Lakes - Par 36
Boys Team Results: 1. Auburn 160; 2. Litchfield 167; 3. Gillespie 209; 4. Mt. Olive 213.
Medalist: Joshua Bailey (A) 38.
Auburn (160) - Bailey 38, Kavish 40, Smith 40, Boesporfer 42, Komnick 44, Anderson 48.
Litchfield (167) - Tug Schwab 39, Ian Otto 40, Zach Boston 42, A. J. Odle 46, Allen Schneider 49, Zach Leitschuh 58.
Gillespie (209) - Killabrew 42, Jubelt 48, Helmkamp 58, Stevens 61, Feeley 63.
Mt. Olive (213) - Dickerson 42, D. Brunworth 44, Scheiter 63, C. Brunworth 64, Johnson 68