Montgomery, Rams take N10 title at Valley View

PHOTO BY ZACH BAKER Upper Sandusky’s Brett Montgomery works on chipping after shooting a medal-winning 72 at the N10 boys tournament at Valley View in Galion Tuesday.

GALION — Before Tuesday’s Northern 10 Athletic Conference boys tournament at Valley View, Upper Sandusky coach Graham Treadway was talking to someone about his team’s chances.

“(They) said, ‘I hope our 1 and 2 players play good,'” Treadway said. “I said ‘I hope my 4-5 play good. That’s where you win.'”

The words proved more prophetic than Treadway could have known.

As usual, Upper Sandusky’s Brett Montgomery paced the field. The three-time N10 Player of the Year shot a 72, four shots better than Seneca East’s Jake Forehand.

Montgomery and Forehand were the only two players to shoot in the 70s.

But that’s not what the tournament came down to.

The Rams and Tigers were tied at 329 each, meaning the tournament came down to each team’s fifth player.

The Rams’ Owen Knapp’s 87 ended up being the difference, as the Rams — who went unbeaten in the regular season — won the conference title outright.

“I’m pumped for those kids,” Treadway said. “This was one of our goals. I’m proud of the way everybody played.”

Upper Sandusky’s Trevor Clifford shot an 84, while teammates Evan Young (86) and Isaiah Washburn (87) rounded out the scoring.

Seneca East got an 82 from Turner Bridgford, an 84 from Andrew Kalb and an 87 from Andy Bauman. The Tigers’ fifth golfer, Jon Margraf, had a 104.

“I’m very proud of the guys, they’ve worked hard all year long,” Seneca East coach Gary Manasco said. “We have an opportunity to do well at the sectionals.”

For Montgomery, it was his first N10 tournament title. He was a par machine, with 14. He had two birdies and two bogies.

Montgomery said he was sick this weekend.

“I came out today and was fighting some stuff,” he said. “I kept it pretty clean. To come out and win medalist, it feels good.”

“He’s an amazing golfer,” Treadway said. “He didn’t strike the ball very well and had some tough breaks.”

And Montgomery still shot even par.

“He’s so talented,” Treadway said.

As for Forehand, he had a double bogey on No. 3 and three other bogeys. But he also had 12 pars and a pair of birdies.

“He wants to do well,” Manasco said. “He loves golf, loves playing. He’s everything you want.”

Ridgedale finished third with a 365, while Wynford was fourth with a 373. Carey — last year’s tournament champs — finished fifth behind a 91 from Ethan Tanner and 94s from McKain Miller and Kole Phillips.

The Blue Devils had a 375.

Buckeye Central shot a 384 for sixth. Adam Krebs’ 86 and Tyler Rose’s 96 led the Bucks. Bucyrus (407) was seventh, while Colonel Crawford (410) and Mohawk (421) rounded out the scoring.

Mohawk was paced by Logan Drum’s 90 and Kaiden Hammer’s 107.

Meanwhile, Montgomery was already expressing high expectations for the coming weeks.

And not just for himself. He’s expecting big things from the Rams.

“I feel like it was a pretty good (team) score (today), but we can do better than that,” he said. “I think we could be one of those teams that gets out and goes to state.”