With the individual champion and another two top 10 finishers, Union golf outpaced the field at Wednesday’s Tiger Classic in St. James.
Josh Jones’ round of 74 was the best in the field for the Wildcats, who edged Sullivan for the team championship by just one stroke, 371-372.
“The boys were very excited that we ended up with the first-place win,” Union Head Coach Matt Goddard said. “Joshua Jones played extremely well overall and had his best 18-hole score of the season with a 74 to be first as an individual. I think this round he got everything working for him overall from tee through the green.”
Pacific placed third at 384. St. Clair and St. James tied for fourth with St. James at 407.
Owensville scored 456 and Salem 489.
Sullivan was paced by a 79 from Bennett Tiefenbrunn, who had the second-best individual score.
Pacific’s Cameron VanLeer and Trey Boyer each finished in the top five.
VanLeer shot an 81 to finish third and Boyer’s 92 tied with Sullivan’s Cody McKinney for fourth.
Jacob Towell and Lucas Pyatt also got into the top 10 for Union.
“Jacob Towell scored a 93, which was good enough for sixth individual,” Goddard said. “I think he played his best round from tee to the green, but he had some trouble once reaching the green. I am excited to see what he can do if he can get it all working together. Lucas Pyatt got his first varsity medal as an individual with a score of 97. Lucas is starting to come around as a solid No. 3 for our team.”
Sullivan’s Austin Frye was seventh with a score of 94.
Justin Hoffman shot a round of 96 for St. Clair to tie St. James’ Payton Englebrecht for eighth.
Union’s remaining scores were Trevor Baker at 107 and Devin Gaither with 117.
Nick Vangiya shot a 103 for Pacific. The Indians also got a 108 from Gavin Bukowsky and a 128 from Jared Hootman.
St. Clair’s Calvin Juergens narrowly missed the top 10 by two strokes with a 99.
Jewel Woodcock and Maria Bozada each shot a 106 for the Bulldogs and Brandon Gallegos finished with a 110.
Sullivan’s remaining scores were Ethan Kackley at 106 and Landon Hoffman with a 114.
Garrick Lonning shot the second best St. James score with a 101.
Other Tigers included Isaac Helterbrand (104), Hannah Shasserre (106) and Max Nappier (112).
Owensville’s best score, a 103, came from Brant Luttrell.
The Dutchmen also received a score of 111 from River West-Darby, a 116 for Ben Walter, 126 for Brandon Faragher and 150 from AJ Livell.
Nick Holiday led Salem with a 106.
Additional Salem scores included Matt Russell (120), Justin Rusk (125), Sean Graham (138) and Evan Howard (158).
Hermann fielded one golfer, Matthew McKinnon, who shot a 164.