The Litchfield boys golf team picked up two more wins over South Central Conference competition on Monday, Sept. 14, as the Panthers continue to be sparked by the new additions to their team.
For the third time this season, Litchfield was led by Tug Schwab, who shot a 6-over-par 41 to take the top individual spot at the home meet and lead the Panthers to a 182 as a team.
Carlinville would finish second to the host Panthers with a 198, while Southwestern was third with a 237.
The youth movement didn’t stop there though as freshman AJ Odle was Litchfield’s number two man with a 45, while sophomore Zach Boston was third best for the Panthers with a 46.
Senior Cam Frerichs would be Litchfield’s fourth scorer with a 50, while Ryan Baugher and Drew Hartzell also played, shooting rounds of 54 and 56.
Overall, Litchfield would have four of the top six rounds, with only Carlinville’s Henry Kufa (43) and Ayden Tiburzi (50) breaking the LHS lock on the top spots.
At Timber Lakes
The Panthers would replicate the feat the following day as they picked up wins over Staunton and Greenville in a match that went down to the wire.
Litchfield finished their round at Timber Lakes Golf Course in Staunton with a 173, narrowly edging the host Bulldogs and Greenville, who each shot 176.
Three different Panthers would shoot season-best rounds on Tuesday, including Tug Schwab, who took medalist honors for the match. Schwab shot a 2-under-par 34 on the day to post the lowest individual score by five strokes. Preston Denny of Staunton would be the only other player in the 30s, shooting a 39.
Freshman AJ Odle would also have a season-best with a 44, as did Drew Hartzel, who finished with a 48. Zach Boston also shot a 48 on the day, while senior Cam Frerichs added a scoring round with a 47. Ryan Baugher rounded out the LHS lineup with a 54 in the sixth slot.
In addition to the varsity teams, the Litchfield JV also got some time on the fairways and broke 200. Ian Otto led the team with a 45, followed by Keagan Marten (49), Blaine Stewart (50), Brawly Jacobs (50), Kelvin Dooley (57) and Allen Schneider (58).
“COVID-19 has really changed the complexion of school life this fall, but tonight showed that our schools are still being represented by outstanding, hard working kids,” Coach Dan Newkirk said. “Great night for high school sports.”
Litchfield’s next match will be Monday, Sept. 21, at Indian Springs in a tune-up for the South Central Conference Tournament, which will take place at the same course on Sept. 29.
Sept. 14 at Litchfield
Litchfield Country Club - Par 35
Boys Golf Team Results: Litchfield 182, Carlinville 198, Southwestern 237
Medalist: Tug Schwab (L) 41
Litchfield (182) - Tug Schwab 41, AJ Odle 45, Zach Boston 46, Cam Frerichs 50, Ryan Baugher 54, Drew Hartzell 56.
Carlinville (198) - Henry Kufa 43, Ayden Tiburzi 50, Mason Duckles 51, Jack Slayton 54, Matt Reiher 56.
Southwestern (237) - Jordan Cottingham 57, Roland Thyer 59, Kayden Hines 59, Chase Cummings 62.
Record: Litchfield (9-2).
Sept. 15 at Litchfield
Timber Lakes Golf Course - Par 36
Boys Golf Team Results: Litchfield 173, Staunton 176, Greenville 176.
Litchfield (173) - Tug Schwab 34, AJ Odle 44, Cam Frerichs 47, Zach Boston 48, Drew Harzell 48, Ryan Baugher 54.
Litchfield JV (194) - Ian Otto 45, Keagan Marten 49, Blaine Stewart 50, Brawly Jacobs 50, Kelvin Dooley 57, Allen Schneider 58.
Staunton (176) - Preston Denny 39, Luke DeWitt 43, Broc Best 46, Caden Shearlock 48, Adam Oveby 55, Joe Cisler 55.
Greenville (176) - Christian Bauer 42, Leno Calderro 42, Ryan Heath 45, Stephen Jack 47, Tyson Ackerman 55, Dustin Rehkemper 65.
Record: Litchfield (11-2).