Towanda defends home turf, sweeps NTL match.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | September 5, 2014 | Photo courtesy The Review


Towanda defends home turf, sweeps NTL matchWYSOX - On Tuesday Towanda saw Mansfield defend their home turf at Corey Creek in NTL golf action.

"We sat down in practice a little bit yesterday and talked about defending our home turf the way Mansfield did the other day," Towanda coach Tim Farley said. "They did a nice job out there."

Playing at Towanda Country Club the Black Knights got three personal bests en route to their sweep of the NTL field Thursday, shooting 345 as a team.

Nick Innocenzo led the way, shooting a 75 for medalist honors.

"Innocenzo is playing great right now," Farley commented. "He is a great ball striker. When he gets playing with confidence, which he was with today, he's tough to beat. Today was a career low for him, the first time he's been in the 70s for competition."

Mitchell Shoemaker and Michael Johnson both shot 86.

"Mitchell Shoemaker, coming off some bad days, shot the best round of his career," said Farley. "Mike Johnson had another solid day."

Zack Lantz added a 97 to round out the scorers.

"Zack Lantz breaking 100 for his first time was big for us," remarked Farley.

Also for the Knights Chandler Dunn shot 107 and Ryan Chilson had 109. Playing nine holes Jon Hoffman shot 64, Zach Greiger had 61 and Connor Wilcox notched a 59.

Athens was second at 352, led by Zach Sitzman's 82.

Also for the Wildcats Patrick Cole shot 88, Jacob Aquilio had 88, D.J. Springstead notched a 94, Sam Rockwell scored a 97 and Ryan Kennedy added a 102.

Mansfield was third with a 381, led by Ryan Campbell's 92.

Also for the Tigers Jarrod Burd shot 93, J.P. Shaw had 96, Patrick Ross had 100, Josh Everetts shot 107 and Carl Dinger notched a 114.

Sayre was fourth with a 405, led by Ryan Murrelle's 89.

Aaron Wilhelm added a 98, Jordan Buck shot 101, Tyler Colburn had 117, Jakeb Wressler shot 118 and Ben Harding shot 147.

Northern Tioga was fifth with a 407 behind Nick Cevette's 82.

Caleb Fitzwater added a 105, Riley Thompson shot 106, Alex Abbott had 114, Marc McCall shot 134 and Bryce Ianson notched a 139. Malcolm Brown shot 66 in nine holes.

Wellsboro was sixth with a score of 412.

They were led by Brett Kendrick's 91, followed by Tyler Kennedy's 97, Ryan Reese shot 110, Stone Alexander added a 114, Kyle Reese shot 116 and Charles Graner added a 119.

Zach Lundgren shot 67 for nine holes.

Northeast Bradford shot 435 for the day, led by Nate Watkins' 104.

Also for the Panthers, Mike Wallitsch shot 106, Nik Geiser had 107, Jared Harris shot 118, Sawyer Russell notched a 119 and Nate Chilson shot 127.

Nate Vandervort shot a 60 for nine holes.

For Wyalusing Holdan Hitchcock shot 89 while Scott Eberlin scored a 95. Also for the Rams, Alex Dake had a 124 while Drew Gervin shot 152.

For Towanda this match marked a much needed turnaround.

"We've had a rough couple of matches," remarked Farley. "But for the first time all six (of the golfers) were thinking about hitting from a team aspect. They stepped up today and encouraged each other and finally showed me that instead of six individuals working to see how individually how well they could do, they were pulling for each other as a team. It was a big step forward for all of them in that respect today, it's really probably as much as a reason why they were able to come out on top as much as anything. Hopefully we'll continue that and keep tightening up the league, give Athens and continue to give Mansfield a run for their money."

The Wildcats continue to lead the league standings at 22-2 while Towanda and Mansfield are both second at 19-5. Sayre is fourth at 7-17, followed by Wellsboro and Northeast Bradford at 6-18 while Northern Tioga is 5-19.

The next NTL match is Monday, Sept. 15 at Tioga Country Club in Nichols, N.Y.