Fighting Tigers golf team suffers bad day at the office in setback

Published 2:27 am Tuesday, September 1, 2009

GALLIPOLIS — Did you ever have one of those days? The Ironton Fighting Tigers’ golf team can relate.

Ironton had its worst performance of the season in losing a tri-match by one stroke to the Gallipolis Blue Devils Monday at Cliffside Country Club.

Gallipolis continued to remain unbeaten on its home course with a 170 team score, one shot better than Ironton. River Valley finished with a 232.

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“You’re not always going to play well, so you have to play smart and limit your mistakes. We didn’t do that,” said Ironton coach Jeff Kerns.

“You have to play well away from home. We don’t have any excuses. We had a letdown that we’ve been trying to avoid all year. Give credit to Gallipolis. They played well.”

Andy Holtzapfel and Josh Mullins each fired a 41 to lead Ironton. Jonathan Williams was next with a 44, Mason Weisgarber had a 45, Andrew Hicks 46, Josh Zornes 48 and Josh Cooke 49.

“We’ll use this as a motivator,” said Kerns.

For Gallipolis, Cory Hamilton shot a 39 to take medalist honors. Nick Saunders had a 40, Boeing Smith 44 and Rob Canady 47.

Ironton hosts Greenup County, Ky., on Wendesday.

“We can’t sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. Greenup will be the best team we’ve seen so far this season,” said Kerns. “We have to refocus and get ready.”