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Eight is great for Columbiana golfers

Columbiana’s Rocco Crawford ponders his next decision before teeing off at the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference tournament at Salem Hills Golf & Country Club on Thursday.

SALEM — Columbiana’s golf team has made it a habit to practice as much as possible and it paid dividends as the team won the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday at Salem Hills Golf & Country Club.

The Clippers topped the six-team field with a mark of 156. Junior Beau Velasquez was the overall medalist with a 38, one shot better than teammates Rocco Crawford and Anthony Hall. Riley McElwain added a 40.

The Clippers have won all five EOAC titles and eight straight league titles.

Columbiana coach Robert Hall said there’s a reason why his team has been able to play at a high level.

“A lot of them practice all summer. That’s the No. 1 key. They play a lot of junior events and a lot of Junior PGA events,” Hall said. “We have the Valley Golf Course that supports us. We play golf there in the summer. It’s all prep before the season starts. It’s mainly what’s making us better.”

It’s not always easy getting a 39 on the stat sheet, but according to Hall, he was able to get comfortable in a variety of ways.

“I got up and down a lot. I thought I putted very well. I had some pretty good drives that put me in good positions,” Hall said.

Crawford added that it’s important to represent his school on an important stage.

“It makes us proud that we can represent the school, because we have big shoes to fill.”

Lisbon finished second in the golf tournament with a score of 187.

Bobby Harris guided the Blue Devils with a 42. Brayden Flory added a 47 and Joey DiLudovico had a 48. Hunter Sturgeon shot 50.

For DiLudovico, it was vital for him to play well consistently.

“I put together a nine-hole round, which is nice,” he said. “When there’s an obstacle, there’s no overcoming it. It’s just focusing on the next shot. I just kept playing and didn’t give up.”

DiLudovico added that he had to recover after he made a mistake near one of the later holes.

“I hit the ball in the lake and then I dropped. I went over and had a rough put. It went downhill and broke really heavy to the left,” he said. “It was a three-putt night. It didn’t get better.”

East Palestine earned third place as the team shot a 189. Max Carvelli posted a 43 and Addy Bycroft had a 47, Kam Stacey 49, and Josh Bland 50.

United wound up at fourth place with a score of 200. Parker Berdine had a team-high 45. Mati Zines and Bryce McKenzie each tacked on a 51. Trevor McCormick shot a 53.

Southern had a total score of 203 with Gavin Tribelo posting a 44. Jason Riggs had a 50, Sebastian Bach 54, and Silas Black 55 round out the top four scores for the Indians.

Tribelo said nature did present some tall tasks during his day on the course.

“Trees. That was the biggest issue for me. I was always behind a tree today,” Tribelo said. “I had to play punt shots off of everything and sometimes I didn’t get quite through. Other than that I was pretty solid.”

Wellsville shot a 270 with Nate McGraw and Markco DeSarro each shooting a 60. Ryley Barney had a 70 and Rocco DeSarro posted an 80.

Leetonia was represented by Evan Rosco who shot a 45.

There were not the five teams necessary to have an official league tournament.

Three girls played on the boys teams Thursday, while four others played an exhibition round — Columbiana’s Isabella Travis had a 48. Leetonia’s Billie Sue Gibson 60, United’s Gabrielle Leek 64 and Southern’s Elizabeth Mostella 70.

EOAC TOURNAMENT

Thursday

at Salem Hills Golf & Country Club

Par 72

Medalist: Beau Velasquez (Columbiana)

1. Columbiana (156): Beau Velasquez 38, Rocco Crawford 39, Anthony Hall 39, Riley McElwain 40, Bayden Pipoly 42.

2. Lisbon (187): Bobby Harris 42, Brayden Flory 47, Joey DiLudovico 48, Hunter Sturgeon 50, Anna Marshalek 61.

3. East Palestine (189): Max Carvelli 43, , Addy Bycroft 47, Kam Stacey 49, Josh Bland 50, Weston Jones 60.

4. United (200): Parker Berdine 45, Bryce McKenzie 51, Mati Zines 51, Trevor McCormack 53, Austin Nero 56.

5. Southern Local ( 203): Gavin Tribelo 44, Jason Riggs 50, Sebastian Bach 54, Silas Black 55, Zack Tribelo 64.

6. Wellsville (270): Nate McGraw 60, Markco DeSarro 60, Ryley Barney 70, Rocco DeSarro 80.

7. Leetonia: Evan Rosco 45.

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