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Stow boys golf just misses winning Suburban League title

by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published: September 29, 2016 6:17 PM
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Earlier in the decade, one of the hottest spots in the rivalry between Stow-Munroe Falls and Hudson was on the golf course.

The Bulldogs and Explorers boys golf team routinely battled each other for supremacy in the Northeast Ohio Conference.

Over the last few years, Hudson's boys team has reached the state's elite level, while Stow have been rebuilding.

If the results from the Suburban League Postseason Tournament Sept. 29 are any indication, however, the rivalry is back on.

Stow tied Hudson for the best score in National Conference side of the tournament, as each squad shot a round of 321.

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By the rule, the tie-breaker is the score of each team's fifth golfer.

Hudson had Nolan Laughlin and Connor Linx each shoot rounds of 85, while Stow's No. 5 was sophomore Kyle Buzaki with a round of 86, giving the Explorers the title by one stroke.

Copley had the best overall round with a score of 317, giving the Indians the American Conference title.

There wasn't much of a sign the Bulldogs would be able to catch the Explorers. In fact, on Sept. 27 in the two teams' final National Conference dual match, Hudson dominated Stow 158-175 at The Country Club of Hudson.

However, Stow got excellent rounds from all of its players Sept. 29, despite rainy conditions all day at Goodpark Golf Course in Akron.

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Senior Seulgiram Lee shot a round of 78, good for third place in the National Conference individual standings.

Hudson's Will Kurtz won medalist honors in the National Conference with a round of 72, while Copley's JT Forster had the low round of the day with a round of 71.

Stow got two other top five finishes in the National Conference as junior Ethan Fretag and Aaron Kim each shot rounds of 80. Senior Jordan Jolly also shot a scoring round with an 83.

Senior Spencer Crawley shot a round of 93 for the Bulldogs.

Stow will open its postseason run Oct. 5 at the Division I sectional tournament at Windmill Lakes Golf Course in Ravenna.

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