Tallmadge coach Jon Shomo gave his boy golfers a simple message Wednesday: “Focus on yourselves and just play.”
The Blue Devils responded by posting the top team score in the Suburban League Postseason Tournament at J.E. Good Park Golf Course with 318 strokes. Revere (328), Highland (333) and Wadsworth (339) placed second through fourth.
Wednesday’s result coupled with Tallmadge’s second-place showing in the Suburban League Preseason Tournament and in the team duels meant the Blue Devils won their fourth overall conference title in a row. Highland finished second in the overall standings.
“They really wanted to win,” Shomo said. “We had put ourselves in a position coming into today where we didn’t control our own destiny. We just talked about ‘Hey, just go over and win that tournament today. We can’t control anything else. That is our goal. Don’t worry about what anybody else is doing, because you can’t control it.’ The whole message was, ‘Take charge of what you can control and we will add them up at the end.’ ”
The top score card belonged to Tallmadge senior Zach Mosholder, who compiled a 3-over-par 74. Seniors Chris Koza (79), Michael Mosholder (81) and Nate Bickar (84) also scored for the Blue Devils.
“This definitely gives us some good momentum going into sectional and district,” said Zach Mosholder, who made 15 pars and three bogies. “Winning the Suburban was our main goal this year. It is nice to come out on top.”
Highland senior Ryan Scherler placed second individually with a 78. Koza and Revere senior Jack Nece tied for third with 79s.
“The course was pretty hard today,” said Koza, who made one birdie, one double bogey, seven bogies and nine pars. “The greens were really nice, but the pins were in some tough spots. It feels great to win.”
Zach and Michael Mosholder are twin brothers. Michael made one birdie, two double bogies, seven bogies and eight pars to tie with Highland’s Chad Dubiel for fifth at 81.
“This has been a great four years and we have been lucky enough to come out on top all four times,” Michael Mosholder said.
Green won the Preseason Tournament, but dropped to fifth in the Postseason Tournament with a 343. Highland posted the best regular season dual record at 7-0 this year.
Nordonia’s Brett Brown and Green’s Grant Rebadow tied for seventh with 82s along with Revere’s Dan Pavlich and Lance Milovancev.
“I was surprised that this shook out the way it did,” Shomo said. “Zach’s 74 was 4 shots clear of everybody else. You couldn’t have had a nicer day. I didn’t think the pins were too bad or too punitive. I was a little bit surprised that we didn’t have more mid-70s scores. The scores tell you how the course plays. Zach played a whale of a round. He is good as they are. He has been first-team all-league four years in a row on four league championship teams. He is the guy you want to send out there as your lead guy.”
Justin Vaughan of Wadsworth carded an 83 to finish 11th. Bickar and Highland’s Andy Grayson shot 84s to tie for 13th.
“It is a great feeling to win four in a row,” Bickar said. “I was nervous near the end.”
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