Mustangs stunned to win second SVC match

When Westfall won the first Scioto Valley Conference match of the season earlier this month on its own home course, it wasn’t a surprise to coach Todd Rhymer.

Rhymer had a different reaction on Tuesday when the Mustangs traveled to Dogwood Hills Golf Course and won the second conference match, with a freshmen and sophomore stepping up to help clinch the win.

The Mustangs finished with a nine-hole tally of 178, followed by perennial conference power Unioto (181), Zane Trace (182) and Adena (184).

Westfall freshman Brendan Biegler shot 40 to finish second in the overall field, one stroke behind Zane Trace’s Jon Grondolsky Jr, who turned in a scorecard of 39 to claim medalist honors.

Dalton Bush followed Biegler with 45 for the Mustangs, Ian Camden shot 46 and Jacob Hicks finished with 47. Also playing for the Mustangs were Jasiah Story (50) and Colton Brungarth (51).

“I was very shocked, when we won this match,” Rhymer said. “Freshman Brendan Biegler was upset when he came off the course because he bogeyed the last hole for a 40, which was one shot behind the medalist. Junior Jacob Hicks, our No. 1 man for the last two years, has not been playing his best golf lately and he finished with a 47.

“Freshman Ian Camden is continuing to improve every week and has shot a 46 in the last two days. But it was sophomore Dalton Bush who came through for us tonight finishing with three pars in a row for a 45 to solidify our team score of 178.”

Through two of eight conference matches, the Mustangs sit atop the SVC with 16 points, followed by Unioto with 14 points and Zane Trace with 12.

“When we won the first SVC match a couple of weeks ago at Crown Hill, I expected it since that’s our home course,” Rhymer said. “I did not expect to win this match, because Dogwood Hills is a tough course to play.

“This team has been very competitive from the beginning of the year with four returners with varsity experience and three talented freshmen who have made their mark already early in this season. It is neat to see the players working together and pushing each other to improve.”

Westfall travels to the Pickaway Country Club on Wednesday for a practice match before returning to the course on Thursday for the third conference match of the season.

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