Knights edge 'Cats at Tomasso's, force share of league title.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | October 6, 2015 | Photo courtesy The Review


Knights edge 'Cats at Tomasso's, force share of league titleCHEMUNG, N.Y. - Two teams had a chance to win the NTL golf title on Monday at Tomasso's Golf Course.

And two teams left the course happy.

Towanda completed their late comeback to tie Athens in the standings after sweeping at Tomasso's, thanks in large part to another personal best.

The Black Knights were down by one game going into the match and Towanda (339) and Athens' (347) 1-2 finish on Monday put both of them at 38-4 to end the league season and finish as Co-Champions.

"This one is nice," Towanda coach Tim Farley said after the match. "Ever since last week when we were able take it over at Wellsboro and have a realistic shot at it. We knew it would be difficult coming up here on Athens' home turf but we also realized as long as we put everything we have into it, regardless of the outcome we would be just fine. They did a nice job today, they really did."

Despite the setback Athens' coach Jeff Novak was pleased with how his team played and proud that they could be back to back NTL champions.

"It is an NTL Championship," Novak remarked. "I'm happy, they're all happy, I'm sure Towanda's happy. It was a good season."

Nick Innocenzo led the Black Knights with a 79 on the day while Mitch Shoemaker shot 88 and Zack Lantz had 92.

"Nick bounced back from an awful lot of disappointment this year and had a good, solid round," said Farley. "Mitch and Zach minimized their mistakes and put in solid numbers and Chandler (Dunn) picked a great time to have his career best round."

Last week Zack Lantz's 77 made him the hero, this week it was Dunn's 80 doing it for Towanda.

"I left everything I had out on the course," Dunn remarked. "I just gave it my best."

A chip in on the fifth hole for birdie signified the kind of day it was for him.

"I felt pretty good about that," he said.

Dunn, who credits his swing coach Matt Rice for the improvement, mostly played it safe on the day.

"I just tried to keep my head in it," remarked Dunn.

"On his last nine holes he shot a 38 and really stepped up when in the past he might have been more of a shrinking violet," Farley added. "I'm really proud of him and the way he has improved 1,000 percent over last year. I don't want to single anybody out but he had a nice season to come as far as he did this year. I do want to give him some praise."

Also for Towanda Ryan Chilson shot 103 and Dawsan Manning had 122.

"To be able to get into that tie when after the first couple of matches we were kind of writing ourselves off I think," remarked Farley. "We've had a year of up and downs and to finish on a high note like this is something that I know these guys are proud of and will remember for a long time and same with me very honestly."

Novak noticed that this was a similar pattern to last season.

"Last year we started out strong and Towanda started picking up the momentum," Novak remarked. "And I think the same thing happened this year."

And Novak liked that Towanda gave them a run.

"Competition is huge," he said. "If you don't have competition you're not going to perform to your best. So one week we were up, one week they were up, and you know this week they were up."

Novak was also impressed with how Zach Sitzman, who shot 79 at Tomasso's, finished with the lowest average in the league.

"He really turned it around this year," he said. "A 76, that's probaly one of the lowest in school program history, since at least I've been involved and I played in the 90's. He should be very proud of himself and its a great way to end going into districts."

Also for Athens Jacob Aquilio shot 82, Ryan Kennedy had 87, D.J. Springstead carded a 99, Brandon Herbst shot 100 and Aron Singerhoff had 105.

Brynn Martin shot 50 in exhibition action.

Wyalusing's Holdan Hitchcock shot 75 for medalist honors, the first time this year Sitzman hasn't come away with the honor.

The battle for third place on the day came down to the fifth golfer between Wellsboro and Northeast Bradford.

Both were tied at 369 as Hornet Taynton Repard (100) beat out Panther Grant Marino (114) to give the Hornets the extra win.

Ryan Reese (87) led Wellsboro while Stone Alexander shot 93. Also for the Hornets Brandyn Tuttle shot 94, Aidan Moore had 95 and Ben Barnett had 101.

In exhibition action Kyle Reese shot 54 and Zach Lundgren had 59.

They finished at 17-25 on the year.

For Northeast the fall was an especially hard blow.

If they took third they would have finished at .500 and gone to districts as a team. But their final record of 20-22 is just short of that mark.

Nate Watkins shot an 80 to lead the way while Mike Wallitsch had 90. Also for the Panthers, Jared Harris scored a 95, Nate Chilson had 104 adn Jarrett Randall shot 135.

Northern Tioga was fifth at 374 as they were led by Tanner Adriance's 76.

Riley Thompson shot 93 for them while Bryce Ianson scored a 102. Tyler Vargeson and Caleb Fitzwater both had 103 while Christian Kemp shot 105.

Brandon Paul shot 58 in exhibition action.

They finish at 25-17 and will be headed to districts as a team.

Mansfield took sixth with a 391.

JP Shaw led them with a 79 while Carl Dinger shot 92. Drew Everetts had 109, Joe Creamer shot 111, Gunnar Rice scored a 115 and R.J. Farrell shot 119.

Riley Walker shot 57 in exhibition action while Gavin Loomis scored a 67.

Mansfield finishes the NTL season at 4-38.

Sayre took seventh with a 393, led by Ryan Murrelle's 82.

Nick Allis and Ben Harding both shot 102, Jakeb Ressler scored a 107, Sam VanDeMark had 116 and Christopher Platt shot 129.

Sayre finishes the season at 5-37.

Now for three teams and several individuals the District IV Championships await on Thursday and Saturday at Williamsport Country Club.

Novak summed it up the best.

"Golf isn't over."