BOYS GOLF | Coop Pamer shoots 72 at Explorer Invitational

Staff Writer
Kent Weeklies
Hudson's Coop Pamer finished third at the Explorer Invitational golf tournament.

Twenty-three teams competed in the Hudson Explorer Invitational golf tournament at Hudson Country Club.

Hudson entered two squads — the Hudson A team finished 10th with a score of 318, or 30-over par. The Hudson B team finished in 18th place with a score of 350.

Cleveland St. Ignatius won the event with a team score of 293, or 5-over par. St. Charles was second with a score of 298, followed by Archbishop Hoban with a score of 299.

The remainder of the top 10 teams were Canton Central Catholic (306), Stow-Munroe Falls (311), Aurora (316), Strongsville (316), Medina (317), University School (317) and Hudson A.

In 11th place was Brunswick (318), followed by Ashland (319), Lake (327), Gilmour Academy (329), Lakewood St. Edward (330), Green (331), Upper Arlington (345), Hudson B, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (354), Kent Roosevelt (359), North Royalton (368), GlenOak (390) and Cuyahoga Falls (460).

Coop Pamer led Hudson with a score of 72.

“This was a stacked field,” said Hudson coach Matt Villenauve. “It was awesome having St. Ignatius, St. Charles, Hoban and Central Catholic join us for the Explorer Invitational at Hudson Country Club. They are some of the best teams in the state and a great test for our team.”

Ben Basta added a 79, Andrew Yard an 83, James Fliss an 85 and Spencer Sizemore a 91 for the Explorers.

“Unfortunately, a few of the boys had a slow start,” said Villenauve. “Conditions were ideal but, as a team, the front side was not very kind to us. To their credit, they continued to play their game and most times, did not press. We played much better on the back. There were some questionable shot decisions and we will work on that as a team. Three strokes overall would have moved us up to sixth place in a really strong field.”

Villenauve said Pamer had six birdies in his round.

“Our player of the day was Coop Pamer. Coop tied for third, shooting 1-under with six birdies on the day. Coop let me read a putt for him on 17 to make me feel better about myself. He has become so mentally strong in how he manages his rounds. He is never out of a hole and never out of a round and he knows it.

“Ben Basta and Andrew Yard did not have their best stuff but manufactured good rounds,” said Villenauve. “They have both been playing amazing golf. It’s just one day, one round. They both do a great job of not looking backwards. No worries.”