Fighting Tigers golf team splits matches

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 19, 2003

The unfamiliar became too familiar for the Ironton Fighting Tigers.

Ironton spent the past week getting a look at a variety of golf courses and teams in splitting four matches.

Ironton beat Portsmouth on its home course by 14 strokes, then came home and edged Greenup County, Ky., by two strokes.

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The Fighting Tigers lost by a single stroke on the road to Ashland, Ky., and stumbled to Unioto at the Chillicothe Jaycees Golf Course.

"We're getting better," Ironton coach Jeff Kerns said. "We've played some pretty tough courses and some pretty good teams down the stretch. We're young and we're not familiar with the courses, so I'm pleased with our performances."

Dennis Gagai led Ironton in three matches as he shot a 37 against Greenup and Portsmouth, then had a 40 against Ashland. His 37 totals earned him medalist honors.

Justin Gillum's 40 led Ironton in the match at Chillicothe to miss medalist honors by one stroke.

Gillum also had a 42 and 41 during the four-match stretch along with a 45. Seth Christian played well for Ironton as he carded a 38 against Portsmouth and had a 39 in the win over Greenup.

"We're starting to get some consistent play. If we can concentrate and discipline ourselves mentally, we've got a chance in the tournament," said Kerns.

Ironton plays in the Division II sectional tournament Monday at Shawnee State Golf Course.

Sept. 14, at Portsmouth Elks

Ironton 164: Dennis Gagai 37, Seth Christian 38, Nick Boggess 44, Justin Gillum 45, Brent McBride 49, Ben Murphy 56.

Portsmouth 178: Taylor Babcock 36, J. Daehler 41, J. Webster 47, J. Covert 54, J. McMahon 59.

Sept. 15, at Ironton Country Club

Ironton 165: Dennis Gagai 37, Seth Christian 39, Justin Gillum 42, Nick Boggess 47, Brent McBride 49, Seth Haynes 57.

Greenup County 167: Z. Gillum 40, J. Van Sickle 40, J. Cooper 40, C. Johnson 47.

Sept. 16, at Diamond Links

Ironton 176: Dennis Gagai 40, Justin Gillum 41, Seth Christian 47, Nick Boggess 48, Brent McBride 49, Seth Haynes 57.

Ashland 175: D. Mays 41, J. Snidow 44, D. Burns 45, J. Schilte 45, S. Limpach 55, G. Hunter 55.

Sept. 17, at Chillicothe Jaycees

Ironton 180: Justin Gillum 40, Dennis Gagai 44, Nick Boggess 48, Brent McBride 44, Seth Christian 50, Seth Haynes 53.

Unioto 172: M. Hawthorne 39, C. Wallace 42, J. DePugh 43, J. Palmer 48, T. Bell 49, C. White 51.