BELLVILLE — The wear and tear of a fourth tournament in as many days may have finally caught up to Galion’s Nate Barre.
But you never would have known it by looking at his scorecard.
Barre fired a 1-over 73 to take medalist honors and the Tigers cruised to the team victory Thursday at the Colt Classic at Deer Ridge Golf Club.
Galion shot a team score of 308, good for a comfortable 11-stroke victory over runner-up Shelby (319).
Clear Fork carded a 332, followed by Lexington (336). Wooster (365), Ontario (374), Highland (385), Madison (397) and Mansfield Senior (470) rounded out the field.
Galion is in the midst of a grueling early-season stretch that included 18-hole events on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thursday’s Colt Classic on the undulating 6,584 yard layout at Deer Ridge.
The Tigers will take Friday off before returning to action Saturday at the Kent Miller Invitational at Hiawatha Golf Club in Mount Vernon.
“I’m drained for sure,” Barre said after collecting his medalist trophy. “Today drained me a little bit more because it’s a lot of uphill and downhill. I’m going to take advantage of our rest-day tomorrow.”
So will Galion coach Bryce Lehman.
“They are marathon men this week,” Lehman said. “The crazy things is our junior varsity team has a match later (Thursday) at home and these guys want me to hurry home so they can go watch the JVs.
“I told them they can do what they want, but I’m going to take the rest of the day off.”
The Tigers were overwhelming on the front nine, Deer Ridge’s more difficult side. Galion shot a team total of 151 at the turn.
“Jeremy (Clear Fork coach Jeremy Riddle) was telling me the lowest Clear Fork has ever shot on the front here was 153,” Lehman said. “We’ve never shot 151 here during our four-year (state tournament qualifying) run. We’ve never shot a 308, either.”
Nick McMullen backed Barre with a 77 and was medalist runner-up. Logan Keller fired a 78, while Mate McMullen carded an 80. Max Longwell (86) and Braylen Hart (97) rounded it out for the Tigers.
Shelby was led by Ashton Hoffbauer’s 77. Carson Brubaker had a 79 while Nicole Jones shot an 81 and Will Magers had an 82. Brody Miller and Blake Muntis carded matching 83s.
“I’m very pleased with the scores. It’s indicative of how hard these kids have worked in the off-season,” Shelby coach Justin Schroeder said. “I’m more pleased with how the kids handled themselves today. We talk a lot about mental toughness. I want our kids to play the best competition out there.”
Caleb Dettmer led Clear Fork with a 77. Jared Scott shot 81 while Peter Cook and Zane Shultz had 87s. Nate Lind (88) and Mason Oswalt (92) rounded it out for Clear Fork.
Isaac Vance led Lexington with a 79, followed by Troy Chapman (83), Tyler Jackson (84) and Trevin Smith (90). Derek Manuella had a 97 and Seth Reed shot 101.
For Ontario, Jordan Reed led the way with an 88. Charlie Danuloff shot a 91, while Jake Chapman had a 93. Hunter McCarthy had a 102 and Jake Zahn had a 126.
Kameron Stumbo led Madison with a 97, while Josh Atwell had a 98 and Jameson Myers had a 99. Rian Lunsford (103), Zach Glasgo (108) and Landon Goal (130) rounded it out for the Rams.
Andrew Cawrse led Mansfield Senior with a 96. Graham Sanders and Sebastian Paige had 123s, while Jake Zimmer and Landon Nicholson had 128 and Michael Seveigny had a 139.