BOWLING GREEN – With its youngest squad in recent memory, the Fremont Ross boys golf team matched one of the best rounds the program has seen at the course that has been a throne in the Little Giants’ side.
Playing in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference Championship at Stone Ridge Golf Course, Fremont Ross once again gave coach Jim Scharer cause for excitement for what the future holds for the program by shooting a 412 – the same score it posted on the course a year ago in the sectional tournament with a much more veteran lineup.
“To be honest with you, 412 is one of the best scores we’ve shot at Stone Ridge in a number of years,” Scharer said. “We tied last year’s sectional effort. I would say within three or four years (previous), we hadn’t shot 412. And this is the first time most of the kids have seen the course. Hopefully, for sectional, we can maybe do a little bit better. I was actually pretty pleased.”
Mason Durnwald led Ross with a 96 while Will Stotz and Gabe Ontiveros each shot 104 and Brody Abdoo added a 112.
Though Scharer was generally pleased with the 412, he knows lower scores are within the Little Giants’ grasp.
“You play against the course and you play against yourself,” Scharer said. “We hit some really good shots today…but, same old song and dance, we put 13 triple bogeys on the card. And I told the kids, if you made those triples into doubles, we shoot 399.”
With a roster filled with freshmen and sophomores, Scharer can project the Little Giants’ improvement, as long as they put in the work.
“We’re this young, I’m really looking forward to the next few years,” Scharer said. “If they make the improvement that they made from last year to this year, we’ll definitely be in the low 390s, possibly 380s next year. In two years, I’m hoping for 360 then in three years I’d like to be around 345.”
Recovering honors Wednesday, Abdoo, Braden Ward and Scout Mosser were recognized for their efforts in the classroom and were named to the TRAC All-Academic team.