Bethel-Tate, Milford, and Amelia have emerged from the early going with the best beginnings in the Clermont County varsity boys golf scene.
Milford tied Amelia for sixth place with 344 strokes in the 18-team Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) Shootout that took place at Weatherwax Golf Course. Glen Este was 16th with 412 shots. Talawanda was the team champion with a 311.
The best individual score recorded by a Clermont countian belonged to Amelia’s Tommy Rowe who shot a 77. He was tied for seventh place overall.
Milford mastered Amelia on the par-71 Lindale Golf Club course (the Barons' home course) 304-318. The Eagles' Jeremy Nichols earned medalist honors with a one-over 72. Other good rounds were recorded by Milford's Regueyra brothers, Nick and Tyler, with 75 and 78, respectively, and Amelia's Rhinehart and Jackson with the respective scores of 77 and 79. Amelia redeemed itself on its home course by defeating Cincinnati Country Day's Indians 159-183 on the front nine.
Bethel-Tate undershot Goshen 358-390 in a battle between Southern Buckeye Conference American (SBC-A) Division teams. The Warriors' Kevin Hornsby was medalist with a six-over 77 on his team's home course, Deer Track Golf Course. Returning home to Friendly Meadows Golf Course, the Tigers won a triangular meet over Glen Este and Goshen with the respective scores of 182-189-200. The winners' Travis Tolin was the medalist with a five-over 41 on the front nine. Western Brown brought a halt to the Red and Gray's winning ways 163-183 on the back nine on the Bronco's White Oak Golf Course.
Goshen recovered to come back with a triumph under SBC-A rival Clermont Northeastern 189-215. Hornsby was again the medalist with a six-over 42 on the back nine of the Rockets' home course, Cedar Trace.
Harrison's Wildcats halted Milford 158-164 in a contest between FAVC adversaries. The event took place at Cedar Trace.
Western Brown beat Amelia 315-338 on the par 71 Broncos' home course of White Oak. The Blue and White was beaten by FAVC opponent Kings 151-175 on the par 35 back nine of the Knights' home course, Bel-Wood Country Club. Elder's Panthers edged the Barons 148-153 on the Lindale front nine. Loveland won an inter-division FAVC match 171-184. Amelia's Rhinehart earned co-medalist honors with a four-over par 39 on the back nine at Hickory Woods Golf Course, the Tigers' home turf.
Goshen defeated Cincinnati Country Day and Bethel-Tate with the respective totals of 345-364-374. The medalist was the Tigers' Tommy Galea with an 11-over par 83 on his home course, Friendly Meadows.
Batavia suffered a rare setback that took place at the "Dogs' home, Elks Run Golf Course. Indian Hill's Braves shot 162, the hometowners 169, and Madeira's Mustangs 170. The Green and White's Eric Brown was co-medalist with a two-over par 38 on the front nine. Loveland also took the measure of the 'Dogs 156-166. Batavia's Brett Braselton shot a three-over 38 on the front nine at Hickory Woods.