OBERLIN — Avon Lake junior Tyler Madden is used to the undulating, slick greens at private golf clubs. He used that experience to his advantage Monday at the Amherst Comet Invitational at Oberlin Golf Club.
Madden shot a 2-over-par 74 to claim medalist honors by a stroke over Bay’s Jack Nageotte.
Nageotte’s Rockets won the team title with a score of 327, eight strokes lower than Lutheran West’s 335. Vermilion, led by Reese Miller’s 77 and Mason Montgomery’s 79, was the top area school, shooting a 336 to tie Westlake for third in the 19-team field. North Ridgeville’s Alec Matej shot 79.
Madden, a member at Avon Oaks Country Club, said Oberlin Golf Club was a good fit for him.
“I hit the driver pretty straight and put myself into position to attack pins,” he said. “I kept it below the hole a lot because of these sloped greens. I love how this course is set up. It’s nice … it’s perfect. It really fits my game.”
Avon Lake coach Dan Wilson said Madden, who also won last week’s season-opening Elyria Catholic Invitational at Brentwood Golf Club, a public course, is comfortable on any track.
“He plays a lot of junior tournaments so he gets exposed to a lot of different kinds of greens,” Wilson said. “Everywhere you go the greens are different and it’s important to have that kind of experience.”
Wilson likes Madden’s mental toughness, as well.
“He’s a hard worker,” Wilson said. “He’s a member at Avon Oaks and he plays all summer there and works on his game. He’s got a great attitude. Nothing can shake him. Last year he had a triple (bogey) on his first hole, then was 1 over the rest of the round.
“That’s the kind of kid he is. He can shake off a bad hole and he has a great swing.”
Amherst coach Aaron Millet thinks it’s important for area high school golfers to experience playing at a private course like Oberlin Golf Club.
“Just to get on at a facility like this is neat for the kids,” Millet said. “It’s hard and something different than they’re used to … the greens are tough and have some good slope to them. Exposing the kids to something like this helps them as they go through the year because they’re going to play harder courses as they go along.
“We go to Sawmill Creek, we play at Columbia Hills, when you get to sectionals you’re going to play at Sweetbriar and at Pine Hills. You need to play at courses like this if you want to go through.”
He also said he’s grateful to the members at Oberlin for hosting the event.
“This is one of the better courses around here, for sure,” Millet said. “These people pay so much money to belong here and they let us come out here. We try to do our best to take care of the course as much as they take care of us.
“The members here are great people. Some of them actually come out, you’ll see them driving around, watching. That’s kind of cool. We appreciate them letting us come out here.
“They keep this course immaculate and it’s a lot of fun and it’s easy to walk. This is an old-school golf course and I think the kids really appreciate coming out here.”
Team results: 1. Bay 327, 2. Lutheran West 335, T3. Vermilion, Westlake 336, T5. Rocky River, Olmsted Falls 337, 7. Brecksville 343, 8. Avon Lake 346, 9. Avon Lake 346, 10. Amherst 353, 11. North Ridgeville 355, 12. Keystone 356, T13. Avon, Firelands 366, 15. North Olmsted 368, 16. Elyria 372, 17. Shaker Heights 375, 18. Midview 390, 19. Wellington 398.
MEDALIST: Tyler Madden (AL) 74
OTHER top Individuals: Jack Nageotte (Bay) 75, Reese Miller (V), Will Bennett (RR) 77, Rob Kimmel (SH) 78, Alec Matej (NR), Mason Montgomery (V) 79, Jacob Fitzpatrick (AM), Andy Lewis (M) 80, Joseph Gauhan (K), Nick Mills (OF), Hunter West (LW) 82
Vermilion (336): Reese Miller 77, Noah Cacciatore 89, Mason Montgomery 79, Sam Herron 91, Brock Fisher 93
Avon Lake (346): Tyler Madden 74, Ryan Shinko 84, Patrick Fitz 91, Owen Conroy 97, Dylan Roig 100, Justin Share 100
Amherst (353): Jacob Fitzpatrick 80, Jacob Pena 88, Brent Baumgartner 91, Nathan Harmych 94, Austin Bray 103, Rocco Pecora 101
North Ridgeville (355): Alec Matej 79, Andrew Bogner 85, Greg Codner 100, Jackson Dienes 97, Ethan Hermensky 96, Joe Conroy 95
Keystone (356): Bryan Sayers 102, Joseph Gaughan 82, Ian Morgan 87, Jake Morgan 87, Kyler Yusko 104, Rocky Houston 100
Avon (366): Cade Grant 100, Nick Robbins 85, Jack Gerberg 92, Nolan King 89, Matt Granitto 104, Adam Hemmerlo 108
Firelands (366): Carter Grude 86, Austin Urban 88, Beau Grude 97, Jacob Newman 104, Aaron Urban 95, Steve Ivanek 100
Elyria (372): Colin Weekley 89, Eric Sito 89, Philip Mercado 92, Ryan Streator 102, Franco Trentadug 106
Midview (390): Andy Lewis 80, Chase English 102, Ryan Staton 102, Michael Ebosh 106, Cullen Large 110, Quinn Rowe 107
Wellington (398): Will Adminson 94, Jordan McKee 103, Eric Benko 92, Wyatt Sosak 109, Lilly Kelly 120