By Lenny Sementi
Tuscola golf coach Toby Ring’s squad was the first Warrior team to compete after the shutdown last spring and they were the first to celebrate their seniors this past Thursday evening at Ironhorse Golf Club. Brayden Gough and Corey Dunn’s careers in the black and gold will end at the conclusion of this season. They toured the front nine on their home course leading the Warriors to a second place finish in a triangular meet verse Effingham St. Anthony and Villa Grove.
“We decided to celebrate the seniors early this year just because we didn’t know if the season would continue when we set the date,” stated Ring. “I’m very thankful for Braden and Corey’s leadership this year. It’s been a tough year all around because of COVID, but those two have brought some sense of normal to the group.”
Gough pared the long par five-second hole on his way to a 49 to take 11th overall occupying the fourth scoring spot for Tuscola. Dunn was one spot back serving as the first alternate also paring the second hole on a night that saw four golfers shoot in the 30’s including a two-under par 34 by VG’s Zachary Buesing. Buesing was on point birdying four holes in all.
Junior Landon Banta was the low man for coach Ring, paring three holes on his way to a 45 good enough for seventh place. Braden Boyer and Nate Thomason were next in line tying for eighth place shooting a pair of 47’s. Boyer pared the sixth thanks to a great tee shot and Thomason put together a few good long balls to birdie number eight. Jayden Gaines rounded the course as the second alternate.
Ring’s ladies team ended the day in second also behind a second place finish from Makenna Fiscus. The sophomore carded a 45 behind pars on two, five and seven. Marley Good was next up two shots back in fifth and in the two-hole for Tuscola paring a pair of holes to pencil in a 47.
“Fiscus turned in another solid round for the girls. Any time St. Anthony comes to town you need to have your “A” game,” commented the coach. “She played very well. I thought all of our girls played well. They didn’t let too much bother them and just went out and played golf.”
Zoey Thomason carved out a 51 after paring the second hole. Addison Petry rounded out the scoring with a 55 while Isabelle Wilcox, Addyson Ring and Molly Macaulay all competed as alternates.
“Our scores as a whole both boys and girls are trending down, which is obviously what you’d like to see from your team as we come down the home stretch,” Ring said. “They’ve put their time in and it’s starting to show.”