Bower's hole-in-one helps Wellsboro lock up league title
WAVERLY, N.Y. - Wellsboro's Zach Bower had never seen a hole-in-one in person prior to Wednesday.
However, that all changed on the par-3, 160-yard 13th hole at Tomasso's as the Wellsboro senior got a hole-in-one with an eight-iron, on his way to medalist honors with a 74.
"That was pretty cool," Bower said. "I was shouting pretty loud. I was hooting and hollering."
Like most golfers there have been close calls, but this was the first hole-in-one for Bower.
"I've been close, but I've never seen it happen before," he said.
Bower became just the second NTL golfer to ever get a hole-in-one in a league match. The other was Ben Howe in 2002 at Towanda Country Club.
For Bower it just made everything perfect on Wednesday as Wellsboro won the match with 334, to 342 for Towanda, 345 for Athens, 362 for Mansfield, 378 for NEB, 409 for Sayre and 410 for Northern Tioga.
With the victory Wellsboro finishes 41-1 in the NTL to win their second-straight title.
"It was just great," Bower said.
For the Green Hornets winning the league title felt good.
"It was great to win it again," Brett Kendrick said.
In a year where there were some times of injuries, Wellsboro knows everyone contributed to the title.
"It's good to know we have people that can fill into spots," Kendrick said.
"It's huge when a kid steps up," Wellsboro coach Corey Lewis said. "It takes some pressure off the rest of them."
The season didn't start perfectly for Wellsboro as Towanda, who finished second for the second straight year at 36-6 won the season-opening match.
"I think it was actually a good thing," Lewis said. "It made them focus and bear down more. They thought it would be a breeze after going undefeated last year and winning the league."
After the loss the Green Hornets knew they had to play well the rest of the way.
"We knew we had to do our best," Dillon King said.
While they would have loved another undefeated season, winning the league was nice.
"It feels real good two years in a row," Kendrick said. "It would have been better 42-0 though."
Along with the 74 from Bower, the Green Hornets got an 82 from King and an 83 from Kendrick, while Blair Carson shot a 95. Ryan Reese had a 110 and Tyler Kennedy shot 111.
Towanda got rounds of 82 from David Rodenhizer and Hunter Gordon and Mike Johnson had an 88, while Nick Innocenzo shot a 90. Josh Cole-Camp shot 95 and Mitch Shoemaker shot a 96.
Athens got rounds of 84 from Zach Sitzman and D.J. Springstead and an 85 from Jacob Aquilio. Sam Rockwell shot a 92 for Athens. Patrick Cole shot a 103 and Reagan Martin had a 105.
Mansfield got an 85 from Ryan Campbell and J.P. Shaw shot an 89. Jarrod Burd shot 92 and Josh Everetts shot 96. Max Colegrove had a 104 and Carl Dinger shot 116.
NEB got an 81 from Ben Abell and Nate Watkins shot 93, while Michael Wallitsch shot 99. Nik Geiser shot 105. Jared Harris had a 116 and Sawyer Russell shot 122.
Sayre got an 87 from Cuyler Kochin and Jordan Buck shot 98. Aaron Wilhelm shot 104 and Tyler Colburn shot 120. Cory Perry had a 123 and Thomas Cook had a 124.
Northern Tioga got a 95 from Nick Cevette and Troy Adriance had a 103. Josh Hamblin shot 105 and Caleb Fitzwater shot 107. Tyler Melko shot 109 and Alex Abbott shot 120.
Holdan Hitchcock of Wyalusing shot an 88.
Now the NTL golfers gear up for districts today at Eagles' Mere.
"We are definitely excited, I hope everyone plays good and if they do we could surprise some people," Lewis said.
Wellsboro's golfers are ready for the postseason.
"I am excited, I'm glad I get the opportunity," King said.