Tallmadge boys golfers fall to talented Aurora

Staff Writer
Kent Weeklies
Christian Rutan focuses on his shot during the Windmill Lakes Classic earlier in the season. Aurora defeated Tallmadge 308-340 Tuesday at Windmill Lakes Golf Club in Ravenna.

The Tallmadge boys golf team ran into a juggernaut Tuesday.

Aurora, which finished 12-0 last year, cruised past the Blue Devils 308-340 Tuesday at Windmill Lakes Golf Club in Ravenna.

The Greenmen’s Luke Radis earned medalist honors with a 71. Darin Hudak finished second with a 73 to lead Tallmadge (0-1).

Ty Kester (84), Caleb Fairhurst (88), Christian Rutan (95) and Kasen Frisbee (95) also contributed for the Blue Devils.

“Winning is always a goal, but we got better [Tuesday],” longtime Tallmadge head coach Jon Shomo said. “Playing against good competition shows a lot about teams and individuals and our guys elevated their game [Tuesday]. This was our program's best 18-hole score since Aug. 13, 2018, when we shot 335 at Ohio Prestwick Country Club to win the MacLaren Tournament.”

“I watched Darin on six greens and saw four lip-outs, one a brutal 360-degree denial,” Shomo said. “He finished with birdies on 16 and 17 and lipped out for birdie on the home hole. Hopefully, he got his month's worth of those out of the way [Tuesday]. He still had 31 putts, again a good number at Windmill.

“ Our sophomores Ty and Caleb were impressive, not only with season-best scores but the way they carried themselves and competed. Christian rebounded from a tough Monday at Glenmoor and steadied his game and Kasen is getting a bit more comfortable with varsity-level golf. Isaiah [Ulrich] had a few moments but struggled with his irons, hitting just one green in regulation.

“Aurora is loaded with talent and well-coached by Coach Dave Munson. Munson's Mashers will be very tough to beat this fall. It's not easy to follow up a 304 [the Greenmen’s score Monday at the Nordonia Classic], but they certainly played outstanding golf. It was an enjoyable day all around.”