Athens clinches NTL title, Towanda takes final match.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | October 7, 2014 | Photo courtesy The Review


2014 NTL Golf at Tomasso's Country ClubCHEMUNG, N.Y. - While Towanda took the match it was Athens taking the NTL golf title Monday.

Their third place finish at Tomasso's clinched them the league title with a final record of 38-4.

"It's great, it feels great," said Athens coach Jeff Novak. "It's the first time for me as Athens' head coach, it's wonderful."

Novak knew that at the beginning of the season they would be in the hunt.

"I knew we would be competitive," he said. "But again, the season, especially at the end, proved that there is a lot more competition out there. I think the NTL overall looked really good."

He was especially happy to finish out the title on their home course.

"Now I can celebrate on our home turf," Novak said.

Towanda won the match with a 330 behind Nick Innocenzo's medalist effort with a 79. Zack Lantz added an 83, Michael Johnson and Mitchell Shoemaker both had 84 while Ryan Chilson shot 99.

Knight coach Tim Farley was happy to see his team's season end on a positive note.

"A really nice, excellent way to end our team season," he said.

Chilson's effort was a career low as he broke 100 for the first time.

"Four and three men, Lantz and Shoemaker, struggled at districts on Thurday, they both follow up here today in a team setting and both career lows there for them as well," said Farley. "Finishing off the season on a great note and my one and two, after the weekend they had. Mike, coming out after a great finish on Saturday follows it up with his second lowest round of the year. Great way to wind up his season senior."

And Innocenzo didn't miss a beat after winning the District IV title last weekend.

"Nick following up Saturday with a medalist effort, wrapping up player of the year in the league," said Farley. "I coulnd't ask for a better way to wrap up our team season. We look forward to continuing next week and hopefully keep Nick's season alive."

He was also impressed with the Wildcats this season.

"I give a lot of credit to Athens for their championship this year," he remarked. "They were deeper than us, they wre steadier than us, they had few less ups and downs and it showed in the final standings. I wish we had more chances to play them now that we have scores going in the right direction but all the congratuations to them."

North Penn-Mansfield was second with a 347 behind Ryan Campbell's 81.

Also for the Tigers, JP Shaw shot 86, Jarrod Burd had 89, Josh Everetts shot 91, Patrick Ross had 107 and Carl Dinger notched a 108.

In exhibition action Cody McNett had 52 over nine holes while R.J. Farrell had 67.

Athens shot 351 to take third behind Zach Sitzman's 80. Patrick Cole shot 85, Jacob Aquilio had 91, Sam Rockwell shot 95, D.J. Springstead had 105 and Aron Singerhoff shot 114.

Sayre was fourth with a 379 behind Ryan Murrelle's 84. Tyler Colburn shot 92, Jordan Buck had 96, Jakeb Wressler shot 107, Tom Cook had 114 and Aaron Wilhelm shot 118.

Northern Tioga was fifth at 385 behind Caleb Fitzwater's 89. Nick Cevette shot 94, Riley Thompson had 97, Alex Abbott shot 105, Bryce Ianson had 117 and Mark McCall had 126.

Wellsboro was sixth with 387 behind Brett Kendrick's 83. Also for the Hornets, Ryan Reese and Charles Graner both had 100, Stone Alexander shot 104, Kyle Reese had 114 and Zach Lundgren shot 129.

Northeast Bradford was seventh with a 390.

Jared Harris led the way with an 89 followed by Michael Wallitsch's 94, Nate Watkins' 100, Nate Chilson's 107, Sawyer Russell's 108 and Nik Geiser's 110.

For Wyalusing, Holdan Hitchcock shot 80, Scott Eberlin shot 94, Drew Gervin had 102 and Alex Dake shot 104.