The fourth year of Three Rivers Athletic Conference competition just got underway. But in boys golf at least this one is already looking a lot like the previous three.
Findlay and Toledo St. John’s, who shared the first TRAC championship and split the last two, were head and shoulders above the rest of the field again on Wednesday. St. John’s fired a 304 to finish first in a league tournament at Red Hawk Run Golf Course. Findlay carded a 311 and was second.
“My goal going in was a 320 or better,” said first-year FHS coach Charlie Spragg, who took over the program when Bob Soellner, head coach during the Trojans’ state tournament appearances in 2011, ’12 and ’13, had to vacate the position because of a career move.
“But it was a perfect day, conditions could not have been nicer, and I think we probably played about as good as we can play.”
St. John’s senior Jack Mancinotti, the returning TRAC Player of the Year and runner-up in the Division I state tournament, was medalist of Wednesday’s season opener with a 70. Tommy Sullinger, the No. 4 man on a St. John’s team that finished fourth in the 2013 state tournament, carded a 74, Mancinotti’s younger brother Eric, a freshman, shot a 79 and Tommy Hurley an 81.
Findlay was led by senior Spencer Shoemaker and juniors Trevor St. Jean and Sam Griffth, the Trojans top three players on last year’s state qualifying team.
Shoemaker, TRAC medalist in 2012 and a top ten finisher in this summer’s Ohio Junior Amateur Championship, led Findlay with an even-par 72. St. Jean, who earned medalist honors in last year’s league final, carded a 2-over 74 and Griffith fired an 80.
Junior Van Mallett completed Findlay’s 311 total by scoring an 85. Tyler Parrish posted an 87 and Chad Quanrud a 98.
Toledo St. Francis was a distant third (334) among the seven TRAC schools that field boys golf teams. Oregon Clay was fourth (349), Toledo Central Catholic fifth (367), Fremont Ross sixth (383) and Toledo Whitmer seventh (448).
St. Francis was led by Lucas Kasper and Justin Schnebelen, who posted scores of 78 and 79 respectively.
Wednesday’s event was the first of six regular season TRAC tournaments that will determine the 2014 league champion. A second tournament will be held Friday at Maumee Bay Golf Course (St. Francis) and a third Monday at Stone Ridge Golf Course (Toledo Central Catholic) in Bowling Green. Fremont (Fremont Country Club), St. John’s (Brandywine) and Oregon Clay (Eagles’ Landing) will host league tournaments later this season.
The final Three Rivers Athletic Conference boys and girls golf tournaments will be held Sept. 24 at Stone Ridge.
TRAC GOLF TOURNAMENT
AT RED HAWK RUN GOLF COURSE
TEAM STANDINGS — 1, TOLEDO ST. JOHN’S (Jack Mancinotti 70, Tommy Sullinger 74, Eric Mancinotti 79, Tommy Hurley 81) 304. 2, FINDLAY (Spencer Shoemaker 72, Trevor St. Jean 74, Sam Griffith 80, Van Mallett 85) 311. 3, TOLEDO ST. FRANCIS (Lucas Kasper 78, Justin Schnebelen 79, Jay Denman 88, Sean Gallager 89) 334. 4, OREGON CLAY (Eric Kutchenreiter 84, Brandon Dean 87, Alec Vriezelaar 88, Pete Snow 90) 349. 5, TOLEDO CENTRAL CATHOLIC (Will Sattler 89, Cullin Smith 90, Alex Heban 93, Daniel Marley 95) 367. 6, FREMONT ROSS (Drew Egbert 90, Matt Hutton 94, Jalen Oman 96, Max Chuolzinski 103) 383. 7, TOLEDO WHITMER (Bryce Kramer 97, Danny Perron 115, Mike King 117, Matt Gullett 119) 448.