By Susan Jenior
The Rough Rider Invitational took over Windmill Lakes Golf Club in Ravenna for the first-round action with 17 teams competing for top honors.
With one round remaining at Windmill Lakes on Saturday, the Hudson A team is in the lead (298) by five strokes over Walsh Jesuit.
The host team, Kent, finished the first 18-holes in sixth place (316), only seven strokes out of the third-place spot held by St. Francis (309).
Liam Curtis, a sophomore for the Rough Riders and Christian Mineo, a senior, both earned top five finishes for their first 18-holes.
Curtis fired with an even-par 70 to tie Sam Fauver of Hudson for second place. Mineo was also solid for the Rough Riders, carding a one-over-par 71, good for fourth place.
The teams return to Windmill Lakes Saturday and tee-off at noon to complete the final round action with recognition at the end of the tournament for championship team and top individuals.
The Mogadore Wildcats improved to 10-3 overall and 4-3 in the Portage Trail Conference with a decisive victory over St. Thomas, 154-214.
The Wildcats were led by Lucas Butler’s even-par 35 and Jude Thiry’s two-over-par 37 to grab another win over a PTC competitor.
KENT ROUGH RIDER INVITATIONAL
(At Windmill Lakes Golf Club, Ravenna – Par 70)
FIRST ROUND RESULTS
TEAM STANDINGS: Hudson A 298, Walsh Jesuit 303, St. Francis 309, St. Edward 311, Chagrin Falls 313, Kent 316, Bellbrook 317, Strongsville 317, St. Vincent-St. Mary 322, Hudson B 325, Revere 325, Hoban 331, Olmsted Falls 334, Stow 338, Green 345, Wadsworth 345, Nordonia 347.
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS (after first of two rounds): Dean Upholtzer, Strongsville 69; Sam Fauver, Hudson 70; Liam Curtis, Kent 70; Christian Mineo, Kent 71; Jack Kinder, Revere 71.
KENT (316): Liam Curtis 70, Christian Mineo 71, Jack Flynn 87, Rowan Baynes 88, Ryan Schromm 93.
MOGADORE 154, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 214
(At Pleasant View Golf Course, Louisville – Par 35)
MOGADORE (154): Lucas Butler 35, Kyle Gardner 40, Jude Thiry 37, Tyler Pendergast 42, Tristyn McCaman 43, Ryan Rorrer 47.
ST. THOMAS (214): Julieeanne Doolittle 55, Cicero Davis 50, Landon Stanek 50, Derrick Pribula 59, Aiden James 61, Kasta Petrakis 62.
RECORDS: Mogadore 10-3, 4-3; St. Thomas 0-6, 0-6.
SPRINGFIELD 175, FIELD 187
(At Chenoweth Golf Club, Akron – Par 36)
SPRINGFIELD (175): Connor Eckenrode 41, Logan Porter 44, Brady Hahn 45, Jacob Thomas 45, Maddox Warford 48, Wyatt Bartholomew 52.
FIELD (187): Bryce Cannon 46, Caiden Lay 46, Joey Conroy 46, Jayden Huskins 49, Rusty Carpenter 58, Ryan Roosa 61.