By Susan Jenior | Correspondent
Having won three consecutive championships, the Woodridge Bulldogs boys golf team was the presumptive favorite in the Portage Trail Conference's County Division entering the 2013 season.
Not only are the Bulldogs the reigning three-time champs of the division, but they also are a team that returned all of their golfers.
On Friday, the Southeast Pirates said not so fast.
The Pirates turned back the Bulldogs with a margin of seven strokes to hand Woodrige its first defeat.
Cody Tuttle fired a 2-under 34, proving why he is the defending County Division Player of the Year.
"Cody played a great round at a clutch time," said Southeast head coach Vic Marozzi.
"The rest of the guys played consistent. I am very proud of them," Marozzi said.
The rest of the Southeast roster on Friday included Joey Kainrad (40), Ben Wright (41), Floyd Radcliff (41) and Abe Wheaton (41), providing an even and balanced attack against the always-steady Bulldogs.
For the Bulldogs, it likely is just be a bump in the road. Woodridge finished 9-1 in 2012, with their only coming to the Pirates.
If nothing else, Friday's result proved that it could be an interesting season.
Mike Seminatore was the best for the Bulldogs, carding a 39, with Michael Walter adding a 40 for Woodridge's efforts at Olde Dutch Mill.
Southeast is now undefeated at 2-0 as Woodridge picks up their first loss and stands at 3-1 in the County Division.