WEST ALEXANDRIA — On Thursday, Sept. 15, Twin Valley South beat Ansonia, 197-263, in a dominating team effort at the Eaton Country Club.
Nathan Osborn was the medalist of the event with a 44. Willie Bowman wasn’t far behind, with a 46. Chance Parks, Cole Petersen, and Autumn Newdigate each carded a 55, while Noelle Bright had a 52. All six golfers scored better than Ansonia’s best individual score, a 60 by Carter Ward.
“Nathan had an ‘off’ day today,” said coach Darcy Robinson. “Often, golfers can be beside themselves with frustration, when they have matches like that. But all you have to do is see that the pros have off days too, then that brings you back to reality, knowing that it happens to everyone.
“When someone like Nathan is so used to playing at such a high level, it can really catch you off guard,” Robinson continued. “I am so proud that he handled the situation with a whole lot of class. You don’t always see that in other players.”
“The interesting thing about this off-day for Nathan is that he didn’t nearly get beat by an Ansonia player, but rather Willie Bowman, his own teammate,” Robinson said. “They were tied, going into the final hole, but Nathan’s nerves of steel showed through in the end, and he was able to par the hole to Willie’s double bogey. Still, Willie had a great night, shooting a 46. He’s really been playing well lately. As a coach, I was thrilled to have the two of them battling it out for the medalist position; that means our entire team is getting stronger, and that’s a good thing. Nobody shot above a 55, and all of our players beat their best golfer. I was real proud of our entire team tonight.”
Monday, Sept. 19, was set to be the final regular season match with Tri Village. Following up will be the Cross County Conference Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 22.
The following week, the boys will play in the sectional tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Beechwood, and the girls will play in their sectional at Stillwater on Wednesday, Sept. 28. The Panthers’ current record in dual matches stands at 7-6 on the season.
Reach Oliver Sanders at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @osanders_RH