Plymouth tops 4-way in home-opener

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth’s boys golf team is off to a strong start.
The Pilgrims opened the season Saturday with the championship at the Goshen Invitational. On Thursday they celebrated their home-opener by topping the pile in a four-way meet with Culver Military, Triton and South Bend Adams, tallying a 160 score to beat out CMA by four strokes on a blustery night at the Plymouth Country Club.
It was just the second time in head coach Ben Waymouth’s tenure that the Pilgrims have been able to beat the Eagles.
“It’s the second time in eight years we’ve been able to knock off CMA; they’ve beaten us every time we’ve played here at PCC,” said Plymouth head coach Ben Waymouth. “It feels good to finally get one here at home versus a good, solid opponent, year in and year out. It was a good showing overall, and the kids have put in a lot of time to get ready for the season. It was a long winter, and we’re seeing some of the fruits of their labor right now.”
Marian University signee Nate Kolter led the charge with an even-par 36 for the day.
“He had a solid round. He had several birdies thrown in there and a few bogeys thrown in there as well,” said Waymouth of his No. 1. “Coming into 18, it’s par 5, and I wasn’t pleased with his shot selection on his second shot because he got himself in a spot where he could’ve gotten out of there under par. He hasn’t done that; in fact, I don’t think he’s been even par out here. A bit of a record-setting thing, but I think he left a shot out there. He had a great night.”
Ben Schenk and Zach Craft followed up with 41 scores, while Reis Yoder finished close behind with a 42. Evan Parkhurst shot 47 in the fifth man score for Plymouth.
“Our kids have been solid, up and down the lineup this year,” Waymouth said.
“One-sixty’s a good score for us. I was hoping to get high 150s knowing that Nate had a good round and some of the other guys were only two or three shots over par with a few holes remaining. But the thing I was most pleased about tonight was our ability to close at the end of the round. We didn’t get the addition going in our head on the last few shots… and that’s the mark of a good team, and that’s the mark of experience.”

• PLYMOUTH 160, CMA 164, TRITON 184, ADAMS 184
At Plymouth Country Club (Par 36)
PLYMOUTH (160): Nate Kolter 36, Ben Schenk 41, Zach Craft 41, Reis Yoder 42, Evan Parkhurst 47.
CMA (164): John Connelly 40, Ben Sharff 40, Liam Diebel 41, Kirby Hart 43, Joseph Camors 46.
TRITON (184): Tanner Shepherd 47, Greg Music 48, Lucas Shafer 43, Braden Kreft 46, Greg Anderson 48.
ADAMS (184): Matt Hinkle 41, Nathan Bonx 46, Nate Ritzwth 42, Alvero Morate 55, Robert Swain 57.
Records: Plymouth 4-1, Triton 6-2, CMA 5-2
JV score: Plymouth 179, CMA 193, Triton 204, Adams 236.

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