Trojans golfers take 2nd in three triangulars

Mendota’s freshman golfers earned medals in the Three Rivers Conference meet on Sept. 12 at Kewanee. Left to right, are Nick Sheridan, Kooper Novak, Brody Hartt and Dane Doyle. (Photo contributed)

Mendota battled Three Rivers Conference opponents Princeton and Hall in golf action on Sept. 6 at the Mendota Golf Club. The Trojans and Tigers both finished with scores of 175, but the overall victory went to Princeton based on a lower fifth score tiebreaker. Hall had a 194.

Owen Aughenbaugh of Mendota claimed meet medalist honors with a 38. Checking in next for the Trojans was Clay Buffington with a 44, followed by Brody Hartt (45), Dominik Stamberger (48), Cale Strouss (49) and Evan McPheeters (50).

Mendota easily won the junior varsity competition with a 180. Princeton shot a 203 and Hall had a 251.

The Trojans’ Drake Dennis turned in the low score with a 40. Also in the lineup for Mendota were Dane Doyle (44), Jack Mikolasek (47), Braden McPheeters (49), Grady Jones (49) and Jace Baird (50).

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Mendota’s varsity squad finished second in a triangular at Lake Erie Country Club on Sept. 7. Riverdale took the top spot with a 160, while the Trojans turned in a 177. Erie-Prophetstown had a 188.

Aughenbaugh paced the Trojans with a 42, while the other three scores counting toward the team total went to Buffington (44), Strouss (45) and Hartt (46). Stamberger (47) and Dennis (52) finished out the Mendota lineup.

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It was another second-place triangular finish for the Trojans as they scored a 172 compared to St. Bede’s 160 on Sept. 8 at Morrison. The host team ended with a 224.

Aughenbaugh shot a sizzling 37 to lead the Trojans, but it was one shot off of meet medalist as St. Bede’s Brandon Pillon had a 36. Buffington took second for Mendota with a 42, while Hartt (43) and Stamberger (50) completed the top four. Evan McPheeters (51) and Strouss (54) also competed for the Trojans, who are 11-4 overall and 6-3 in the Three Rivers Conference.

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Mendota’s freshmen competed in the Three Rivers Conference Freshman Tournament on Sept. 12 at Kewanee.

Finishing in the top 10 for the Trojans were Hartt, (2nd, 44), Doyle (3rd, 45), Nick Sheridan (6th, 50) and Kooper Novak (9th, 50).

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