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09-09-03: Rough day for Bulldogs


It was a day where both golf coaches from Celina and Defiance had to shake their heads and wonder what was going on.
Defiance came down to The Fox’s Den for a Western Buckeye League dual match and left shooting a round of 182 with the best score a 42.
In the event that whiplash was not in style yet, it was when Celina totaled its scores, finishing with a staggering 188 to lose the dual and drop to 2-4 in WBL matches. Defiance improves to 2-6 in league matchups.
Afterwards, both coaches were amazed, to use one term, in the play of the team.
“It was very disappointing and very frustrating,” said Celina coach Keith VanDeventer. “We expected to play a little better than that.”
Veteran Defiance coach Phil Eberle agreed.
“This isn’t the way Celina plays and not the way we expect them to play,” said Eberle. “We were fortunate. I guess the course played a little tough because there are some good players with high scores. There are no excuses I can give for either team. Both teams are not happy with their scores, but we’re happy for the win.”
Celina juggled their pairings a little for the match, the most noticable being Rob Grubaugh joining Scott Boley on the first group. Through the first few holes, it looked to be a good match as the pair shot well and stayed close with their Defiance brethren.
Then came the fifth hole, and some trouble for all six varsity golfers. Boley played a nine on the par-four hole. Scott Luthman later had a nine as part of the third and final varsity group. The roughest day on the hole belonged to Tony Bidlack, who carded a 12.
The aftermath of the fifth hole saw Celina get a little frustrated and forcing some tough shots the rest of the way. When the scores came into the clubhouse, Boley was low man with a 44, eight over par on the front nine at the Den. Grubaugh finished with a 45. Patrick Bailey, playing in the final pairing, nearly chipped in a strong finish on nine and carded a 49. Bidlack, Luthman and Eric Schneible each finished with 50s on their card.
Defiance, as Eberle mentioned, didn’t fare much better. Cody Griffith’s 42 was good enough for medalist. Partner Jace Neal shot a 46, as did Tyler Burgoon. Ryan Mack rounded out the scoring round with a 48 with Ben Brown carding 54 and Aric Everhart finishing with 57.
“I was totally surprised in seeing the final scores,” said Eberle. “Absolutely. All I can say is thank you, Merry Christmas and all that.”
VanDeventer was even more frustrated by the the fact that his team did not shoot well on a course they practice and hold matches on.
“It’s one thing to go on the road and play bad when you haven’t played the course much,” said VanDeventer, who is the club professional at the course. “When you play at home, you feel you might have a course advantage. Then your guys don’t manage the course very well, it’s very frustrating. There was some big numbers on holes these kids know how to play. I take that back to course management.”
The Celina junior varsity also shot a 188 on Monday, the difference being the jayvees beat Defiance 188-231. Cassidy Lowe took medalist honors for Celina with a 44. Cory Rolfes was second lowest with a 47.
Celina returns to the Den on Thursday to face Elida in another WBL tilt.


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