The 2015 boys golf season opened on Thursday with a difficult test for Galion at the Colt Classic played at Deer Ridge Golf Club in Bellville.
Galion carded a team score of 427 to finish tied with Madison at the bottom of the standings. Lexington was an easy winner with a score of 298. Host Clear Fork and Wooster each shot 331, but Wooster was named runner-up with a better score by its fifth player.
Ontario (349), Shelby (350), West Holmes (355), Wooster Triway (409) and Marion Harding (413) filled out the rest of the field at the tournament.
Freshman Jack McElligott turned in the top score for Galion with a 104. Sophomore Mitch Dyer carded a 105. Junior Brevin Owens shot 108 and freshman Kaleb Harsh finished at 113. Junior Nick Kruger and sophomore Colten Skaggs each shot 114.
“It was a tough course and we had a rough day,” said Galion head coach Bryce Lehman. “The last two years we haven’t played well at Deer Ridge. But we like to play that type of course for a change of pace. The kids were disappointed, but they know they need to work to get their scores down. It’s early, so we have time to work on their games.”
Lexington’s Kaleb Smith shot 69 to earn medalist honors at Bellville. Teammate Spencer Stierhoff fired a 71 to finish as the runner-up. Dakotah McClain of Clear Fork placed third with a 75.
The Tigers will experience their first Mid Ohio Athletic Conference competition of 2015 on Tuesday at Oakhaven Golf Course in Delaware. Jonathan Alder is the host for the MOAC Invitational, beginning at 8 a.m.
The Galion Invitational is scheduled for Wednesday at the Galion Country Club. Start time is 9 a.m.
Colonel Crawford will visit Galion Country Club on Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. match against the Tigers.
Andrew Carter can be reached at 419-468-1117, ext. 2048. Connect with him on Twitter @ACGalionSports.