Lantz's 77 gives Towanda sweep at Tyoga Country Club.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | September 29, 2015

 

Towanda kept their NTL title hopes alive thanks to a banner round from co-medalist Zack Lantz.

Lantz shot a career best 77, tying with Athens' Zach Sitzman and Sayre's Ryan Murrelle for the top spot.

"Zack had a nice day," Towanda coach Tim Farley remarked. "He has his demons on the course that he battles with daily, but when he has his mind clear and plays with a little bit of confidence, he has great potential. He was piping the ball on the range before the match, and obviously some of it carried over to the course."

Lantz led the Knights as they shot 342 while Athens took second at 369.

"We had a good effort today," Farley said. "I was very pleased with how our four scores stayed away from the really big numbers that have plagued us all year."

With the sweep the Knights pull to within one win of the Wildcats in the NTL standings with the final match next Monday on Athens' home turf at Tomasso's.

Also for the Knights Mitch Shoemaker shot 85, Nick Innocenzo had 88, Chandler Dunn carded a 92, Caleb Lines notched a 107 while Ryan Chilson had 112.

Dayton Wickwire had a 62 in exhibition action.

"Mitch, Nick and Chandler were steady - good, solid scores that we needed to keep us alive in the NTL," said Farley. "We were faced with another must-win, and they all responded exactly as veteran seniors should."

For the Wildcats after Sitzman, Ryan Kennedy shot 95, D.J. Springstead scored a 98, Derrick Strait had 99, Jacob Aquilio scored a 106 and Aron Singerhoff shot 117.

Shane Malanoski had a 66 in exhibition action.

Northern Tioga was third with a 398, just edging out Northeast Bradford's 392.

Tanner Adriance shot an 83 to lead Northern Tioga while Tyler Vargeson had 91. Riley Thompson scored a 105, Caleb Fitzwater notched a 110, Bryce Ianson shot 111 and Christian Kemp carded a 113.

In exhibition action Brandon Paul had 56 while Alex Abbott notched a 59.

Jared Harris led NEB with an 87 while Nate Chilson scored a 94.

Mike Wallitsch had 105, Nate Watkins shot 106, Grant Marino scored a 113 and Jarrett Randall had a 144.

North Penn-Mansfield was fifth with a 410, led by J.P. Shaw's 85. Carl Dinger shot 99, Gunnar Rice had 107, Drew Everetts notched a 119, R.J. Farrell had 120 and Joe Creamer scored a 121.

Gavin Loomis shot 69 in exhibition action.

Wellsboro took sixth with a 420 behind Brandyn Tuttle's 94 while Ryan Reese shot 98. Stone Alexander had 108, Zach Lundgren and Kyle Reese both scored 120 while Taynton Repard carded a 124.

In exhibition action Alex Warner shot 59, Michael Krefski scored 61 and Chris Richardson shot 68.

Sayre was seventh with a 438. After Murrelle, Nick Allis shot 118, Ben Harding carded a 119, Christopher Platt scored 124 and Sam VanDeMark notched a 151.

Athens, Towanda and Northern Tioga will be down at the District IV Championships on Thursday, along with the locals from other NTL teams that qualified. The tournament will be played at Williamsport Country Club.

After that, though, things will get interesting.

"We realize that we still have an uphill climb to pull off the NTL championship - we're playing Athens at their place on Monday, they have the lower averages, and they're still playing with a lead. We need to play better than we did today, because Athens and the other teams most certainly will," Farley said. "All we can do is have a good week of practice and leave every bit of effort we have on the course. If that's not good enough, then we leave with no excuses or regrets. That's all that matters."