ELYRIA — Led by Alex Treuel and Kyle Lottman, host Elyria High won the Pioneer Invitational Tournament on Thursday at Spring Valley Country Club, the second tourney triumph for the Pioneers in the last 10 days.
Elyria shot a 314 Thursday on a hot and muggy afternoon, five strokes better than it shot in winning the Keystone Invitational at Grey Hawk on Aug. 14.
Defending champion Avon Lake was runner-up Thursday after shooting 319. The Shoremen won last year’s inaugural Pioneer Invitational with a 315.
Treuel won a one-hole playoff over teammate Lottman to claim medalist honors. Both finished 18 holes at
2-over par 74.
Last year’s medalist honors also came in a playoff as Tom Alshouse of Avon Lake beat Midview’s Jay Overy in extra holes after both finished at even-par 72. Overy was fourth this year with a 76, one stroke behind Avon Lake’s Reilly Bates.
In Thursday’s playoff, Treuel made a par 4 on the first hole, which was all he needed after Lottman’s 4-iron off the tee went left and landed under a tree. He hit a line drive under the tree’s branches for his second shot, which rolled up a hill behind the green. He followed that by hitting into a trap, so he was already at four when he blasted on to the green.
Treuel was on in two and two-putted for the win.
“I used my 4-iron because the fairway was too tight for my driver,” said Lottman, a sophomore. “Usually I can get the 4-iron to within 90 yards of the green on this hole. But this time when I went under the tree there was nothing I could do but shoot under the branches. If I had to lose to anyone, I’m glad it was Alex.”
For Treuel, it was his third career playoff win in five tries.
“This one was a little harder because it was against a teammate,“ Treuel said. “It caused more pressure for me than the other times. Even though he lost the playoff I was happy for Kyle today. It was cool to see him play well.
“I played solid today for the most part, although I putted horrible,” Treuel added. “The longest putt I made all day was 4 or 5 feet. One time I even missed a 3-footer.”
But despite his failure to make any long putts, the senior had only one three-putt green. He had three birdies — the second, 10th and 17th holes.
His driving and fairway shots were mostly good, a key to his 74. Treuel‘s lowest score this year was a 66 in a summer tournament.
Lottman’s 74 was a career low in competition. His previous low was a 77, also at Spring Valley, in a summer juniors tournament.
“I was putting pretty good today,” said Lottman, who sank a 30-footer for par on the seventh hole. “And my chipping was on, too.”
Lottman had three birdies, the best one on the 16th hole when he hit a sand wedge to within 6 inches of the cup.
Bates birdied the fifth and 10th holes to highlight his 75. His low round this year was a 70 in a dual match with Cleveland St. Ignatius last week.
“I was hitting the ball straight off the tee all day,” he said. “And I made all the putts I should have made because my approach shots were generally good. During my last six holes, the longest putt I faced was 15 feet away.”
Elyria coach Jim Kistler was pleased with the win.
“Alex has been very consistent all year,” he said. “And so has Lottman. In fact, our top three have all been consistent (Tory Stewart had an 80). What we’re looking for now is a fourth man to be more consistent.”
Overy’s 76 helped Midview to take third place with a score of 323. Avon was fourth at 340, sparked by Mike Opsitnick’s 77.
Team scores (individual team lows)
Elyria 314 (Alex Treuel and Kyle Lottman 74), Avon Lake 319 (Reilly Bates 75), Midview 323 (Jay Overy 76), Avon 340 (Mike Opsitnick 77), Admiral King 352 (Cody Buckholz 81), North Ridgeville 354 (Matt McGinty 83), Keystone 362 (Bryan Yeo 88), Southview 414 (Randy Schumaker 90)
Alex Treuel, Elyria, 38-36—74, Kyle Lottman, Elyria, 37-37—74, Reilly Bates, Avon Lake, 37-38—75, Jay Overy, Midview, 35-41—76, Mike Opsitnick, Avon, 36-41—77. Treuel won one-hole playoff for overall medalist trophy.