Northern Tioga goes low to win at Shepard Hill.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | August 24, 2016


WAVERLY, N.Y. — For 10 years Northern Tioga coach Larry Moon has watched other NTL golf teams claim the league title, patiently waiting for when he had a squad capable of being crowned at Tomasso's at the end of the year.

While the 2016 season just started, the Cowanesque Valley based team set a high bar with their low number at Shepard Hills to win the season opening NTL match Tuesday.

Led by 10th grader Tanner Adriance's 75, Northern Tioga shot 339 — 37 strokes lower than the second place team.

Coming in second was Wellsboro with 376 followed by Northeast Bradford (394), home standing Sayre (401), North Penn-Mansfield (420), Towanda (425) and Athens (438).

"This is the first time in my coaching span from 2006 that we've won an NTL meet," remarked Moon. It was great to see that happen. We expected to be able to do that based on preparation but the margin of victory, we weren't certain what the other teams would do. It was certainly a great start to our season and we look forward to trying to maintain that kind of performance.

Other sophomore Tyler Vargeson shot 82, the third lowest score of the day, followed by senior Caleb Fitzwater's 90 and freshman Austin Outman's 92.

Rounding out their top six were Brandon Paul (107) and Christian Kemp (108).

Adriance shot 39 to start on the back nine, then had three birdies as he carded a 36 to finish on the front.

"He continues to amaze me at how he stays focused and gets the job done," Moon said about Adriance earning medalist honors. "He just continues to show he's capable and he's improving all the time. Bigger and better things will come his way."

Sayre's Ryan Murrelle dueled with Adriance the entire way, leading at the halfway mark 38-39 before Adriance's three birdies down the stretch.

Murrelle finished second with a 78.

But Vargeson going that low was a surprise for Moon.

"Tyler shocked me a little bit how much he improved that last time he played," Moon admitted. "I'm happy to see him get off to the type of start he wanted for himself."

Wellsboro's Ben Barnett (83) and Athens' Ryan Kennedy (84) rounded out the top five on the day.

NPM's JP Shaw (86), NEB's Nate Watkins (87), Wellsboro's Brandyn Tuttle (88), Wyalusing's Holdan Hitchcock (88) and Fitzwater were in the top 10 on the day.

Also breaking 100 were Outman, Troy's Hayden Dewey (95), Wellsboro's Taynton Repard (98) and NEB's Nate Chilson (99).

For second place Wellsboro Zach Lundgren (107), Chris Richardson (116) and Joseph Propheta (121) rounded out their starters.

For the third place Panthers, Grant Marino (104), Mike Wallitsch (104), Jarrett Randall (125) and Nick Sheffer (131) rounded out their top six.

Rounding out the Redskins were Ben Harding (101), Nick Allis (111), Gavin Blair (111), Garrett Orman (125) and James Esposito (126).

For North Penn-Mansfield, Andrew Everetts shot 105, Carl Dinger notched a 109, RJ Farrell carded a 120, Joe Creamer shot 130 and Katrina Toth-Penner notched a 134.

Ryan Chilson's 100 led Towanda. He was followed by Tyler Hawley (103), Daawsan Manning (108), Kourtney Dunn (114), Bob Farley (114) and Connor Wilcox (116).

And for the Wildcats, rounding out their top six were Nate Kennedy (101), Brynn Martin (120), Shane Malanoski (133), Brady Smith (137) and Dylan Krise (138).

In exhibition action, Towanda's Lars Thomason shot 56 and Jon Hoffman shot 57, Northern Tioga's Dom Boynton shot 58 and Wellsboro's Daniel Mitchell shot 61 and Alex Warner carded a 65 in nine holes of action.

Next Tuesday the NTL moves to River Valley, Northern Tioga's home course, where Moon believes they can continue their strong play.

"The top four scores were all very acceptable and I think we can maintain something close to that," he said. "Each player can improve along the way."

And with only one senior on the squad, Moon is hoping this is a sign of things to come.

"I'm hoping this is the start of what should be a great run for our program."