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Stow made certain Thursday there would be no repeat of last year’s frustrating finish.
The Bulldogs, who lost on a tiebreaker to Hudson a year ago, bettered North Royalton by 4 strokes to win the boys Suburban League National Conference Postseason Tournament at J. Edward Good Park Golf Course.
Meanwhile, Highland’s senior-laden team continued its season-long dominance with the best team score of the day (318) to capture the American Conference team title by 11 shots over Kent Roosevelt.
Barberton sophomore Jaydan Morgan turned in the round of his young life and lowest of the day — a 2-over 73 — to earn medalist honors in the American Conference.
Stow was paced by its usual No. 1 player, junior Kyle Buzaki, who was medalist for the National Conference with a 75. The Bulldogs also clinched the overall conference title.
“The boys did a good job today — good team effort,” Stow coach Joe Vojtko said. “Last year tied for first and lost on the fifth man score, but I don’t think we’re going to have to worry about that today. We have a young, experienced team.”
Ironically, the Bulldogs’ score of 321 was identical to last year’s when they tied with Hudson. Stow’s other scorers were freshman Dan Page (79), sophomore Aaron Kim (83) and senior Ethan Fretag and freshman Max Crookston (84s).
On a day with bright sunshine but cooler and more seasonable temperatures, some gusty winds kicked up during the afternoon that caused a few scoring problems.
Buzaki’s round could have been even better except for bogeys on his last three holes.
“I played pretty good overall,” Buzaki said. “Not the way I wanted to finish but at the end of the day still played pretty good. At the start, I was a little short on some of my shots but then I kind of figured it out, so I got better.”
Highland was led by David Laib, one of five seniors on its six-man team, with a 75. He was runner-up to Morgan among American Conference individuals.
Also scoring for the Hornets were sophomore Cooper Hrabak (77), senior Carson Wirebaugh (82) and senior Ross Scherler (84).
Highland coach Andrew Dutt was hoping for even better heading into sectionals, especially considering No. 1 player Cooper Phelps shot an uncharacteristic 85.
“There were really, really hard fairways today,” Dutt said. “A lot of trees, obviously. And greens that I think were playing a little tricky today. So that probably played a role in it.”
Laib said he was happy with a 75.
“It was below my average for 18 holes this year,” he said. “We already knew coming into today we had a very good chance of securing the league, so we just need to focus now on making it to districts and hopefully get down to the state tournament this year.”
But the most surprising result of the day was posted by Morgan, with nine-hole scores of 37 and 38. He said his previous best was 80.
“Today I just kind of stuck with it,” he said. “My wedges were great today, sticking it right next to the hole almost every time. I usually get it close but today it was really on.”
Barberton coach David Kaser said he could see the improvement building for Morgan.
“Progressively this year, he’s been playing better and better,” Kaser said. “The last couple weeks, his scores have been getting down and getting down. He definitely has talent and ability to do it. And today he put 18 holes together. I’m not surprised one bit.”
Other top scores were by Kent Roosevelt’s Kyle Smith (77), Hudson’s Burke Villenauve (78) and Tallmadge’s Darin Hudak (79).