Hudson boys golfers are runners-up in Canton

Staff Writer
Kent Weeklies

The Hudson boys golf team finished second with a score of 308 at the 13-team Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Invitational Monday at Glenmoor Country Club in Canton.

Gates Mills Gilmour Academy won the competition with a 306 and Worthington Christian placed third with a 318.

Gimour’s Liam Ottaway was the medalist with a 71 on the Jack Nicklaus’ designed course.

Both of the Explorers’ team captains, Ben Basta and Coop Pamer, shot scores of 75.

“Ben put on a stripe show for most of the day and is very happy with how he is hitting the ball right now,” Hudson first-year head coach Matt Villenauve said. “He did not make as many putts as he would have liked. He will fine-tune and go lower.

“As expected, Coop was solid. He made a mistake on one tee ball but as he always does, he battled back and posted a tasty 75. Coop has added some shots to his bag this year that let him play more creative golf. It will pay dividends.”

Both Andrew Yard and James Fliss shot a 79 to round out the Explorers’ team score.

“It’s fun watching Andrew Yard throw a low number on the board,” Villenauve said. “The man has worked his tail off since the first thaw to get his game back. Seventy-nine is a great score on a course he has never played. There is more left in that tank.

“How about James Fliss? I put him on a golf course he knew nothing about and like Yard, posts a 79. For the record, that’s his first sub-80 round and he does it in his first varsity tournament. There is so much upside to James’ game. I think he put five full wedge shots to inside 10 feet. Crystal clear, James was our player of the tournament.

“If these fellas play like this now, I am excited to see what we look like come October. Northeast Ohio is loaded with talent, but now they know we can compete with anybody.”