Cougars place third in home invitational

Wood Memorial’s golf team made its first appearance in the Cougar Invitational one to remember.

The Trojans shot 332 to win the ninth annual tournament Saturday at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour.

Wood Memorial’s Paxton Schwomeyer captured medalist honors with a 3-over-par 75.

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Trinity Lutheran coach Greg Personett said he was impressed with Wood Memorial’s team score and with Schwomeyer’s performance.

“This is the first year Wood Memorial has been here, and that’s an outstanding score, 332,” he said. “I always believe no matter how bad or how good the conditions are, somebody is going to shoot a low number, and that young man did it today. Two others had 77s, and those are all good rounds.”

Salem finished second with a score of 342, and Trinity was third with 360.

A total of 12 teams entered with eight posting team scores.

Jacob Keith was low for Trinity with 80, and he was followed by Ryland Nierman with 91 and Josiah Foster with 95.

Personett was hoping the Cougars could have been under 350.

“I saw a lot of highs and lows today,” he said. “At 360, we’ve got room for improvement. Everyone would have a good score, and then we’d have one or two bad holes, and that really affects your score. It affects you mentally, and we’ll work on that. It would have been nice to have a couple of other scores in the 80s. They told me the greens were very fast, and a couple players said they had trouble with their putters.”

He said the players need to be more consistent with their short games.

“All in all, they played decent. They just had one or two bad holes,” he said. “I always believe you need to work on your short game. That’s where you really improve. You can have a bad tee shot, a bad iron shot, but if you have a good short game, you can make it up, and I believe that’s where we really need to work. All the young people want to hit the ball long, but you really score from the short game.”

Trinity freshmen Kade Hill (100) and Caleb Williams (115) also competed Saturday.

“Kade shot 100, and that’s a pretty good number for him,” Personett said. “For both of these boys, it’s their first 18-hole tournament, and I think they did pretty good.”

Preston Heyne topped the Seymour B team with 103.

The Cougars will host Salem and West Washington today.