An ominous fog hovered over Eagle Creek Golf Course and the 2021 Southwestern Conference Boys Golf Preview as the first wave of players stepped to the first tee Thursday (August 19) morning. However, by the time the third group teed off the sun popped out and gave way to blistering scores at the annual early-season league event. [SWC Preview Results (PDF)]
Two-time defending SWC Champion Avon High School set a school record for lowest 18-hole team score as the top four Eagles compiled a staggering 285. Nolan King was the individual medalist with a three-under 68 from the Black Tees. Jack Gerborg finished with an even-par 71, while Brenton Dill was just one-over at 72 and Hunter McCourt finished with a 74. The last time the SWC hosted the event at Eagle Creek Avon won with a team score of 306 in 2019.
Avon Lake High School also went sub-300 (297) as Danny Donegan and Derek McCrum both shot 73, Ryan Harbour finished with a 74 and Kyle Ritter fired a 77.
Amherst (307) edged Olmsted Falls (308) for third place, while Midview (316), North Ridgeville (332), Berea-MIdpark (367) and Elyria (433) rounded out fifth through eighth place at the Preview, which accounts for 30% of the overall SWC standings.
Avon and Avon Lake combined for eight of the top ten scores. Amherst’s Joe Kramer finished tied four fourth with a 73, while Midview’s Bryan Stone was eighth with a 75 and Olmsted Falls’ Ben Scheef and Avon’s Tyler Christy tied for tenth with a 76.
The SWC regular-season, which has each team playing each other head-to-head once, is worth 30%, while the SWC Championship September 23 at Pine Hills Golf Course is worth the final 40%.