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By Susan Jenior | Correspondent
It is a tournament Eddie Pearce of Mogadore will long remember.
In his first event for the Wildcats, Pearce fired a 1-over-par 71 at the Windmill Lakes Classic to win medalist honors in the 95-player field Thursday at Windmill Lakes Golf Course in Ravenna.
Behind Pearce, the Portage Trail Conference did very well in the 19-team field.
Woodridge, defending champion of the PTC County Division, edged out Southeast by one stroke for third place as the Bulldogs stayed focus to finish with Michael Walter carding a 79 and Michael Seminatore an 80.
Southeast's Cody Tuttle tied for second place, losing in a scorecard playoff to Will Widman of Chagrin Falls to finish in third place.
Tuttle's round of 3-over-par was outstanding considering he had a triple-bogey on the seventh hole.
However, Tuttle's score gave the Pirates the tally they needed to land in fourth place in the tourney behind champion Westlake (307), runner-up Chagrin Falls (308) and Woodridge (326).
The Windmill Classic, hosted by the Ravenna Ravens, is a popular event. Many of the high school golf teams have the opportunity to compete on the course where they will play their sectional and district tournaments on their way to qualifying for the state golf tournament.
The host team, Ravenna, finished seventh in the tournament with Andrew Gibson and Morgan McIntire leading the way, firing 81 and 82, respectively.
Brady Adelman of Field was among the best of the Portage Trail Conference golfers, carding a 78.
The Windmill Lakes Classic closes the regular-season tournaments for many of the Portage Trail Conference schools as golfers return to classes on Monday or Tuesday.
Terry Kekic, who retired as both a Ravenna teacher and golf coach, returned to help Brian Callahan, freshman coach of the Ravens, run the tournament for the Ravenna athletic department.