By Susan Jenior | Correspondent
Despite a five-stroke swing in Rootstown's favor on the ninth hole among the final foursome, the Southeast Pirates prevailed at their home course, Olde Dutch Mill, to beat the Rovers 182 to 164 on Monday.
The Portage Trail Conference County Division match pitted two of the top four teams in the division in a heads-up match.
Cody Tuttle and Joey Kainrad, both of the Southeast Pirates, shared medalist honors, firing a pair of 39s.
For Kainrad, the 39 was a welcome 3-over round after the previous week resulted in difficult action during tournament play.
For Tuttle, although the 39 was a solid score, the defending County Division Player of the Year was even-par going into the final hole, only to triple-bogey the Par 3 ninth hole and finish with a 39 -- a score most of the PTC golfers would be proud to own.
Nait Elkins tried to set the Rovers' ship on the right track, scoring a 40 for the round that he finished with birdies on both the eighth and ninth holes.
The result of the Elkins birdie and Tuttle's triple-bogey resulted in a five-stroke difference for Rootstown, but in a match that was decided by 18 strokes, it didn't make nearly enough of a difference.
The third and fourth golfers in the match were up and down, but all four: Sean Mcgurk and Alex Kitakis of Rootstown, and Southeast's Ben Wright and Alec Wilkins, each tackled the most dreaded hole on the course -- the Par 3, fifth hole and finished with four pars.
The pair of 39s from Tuttle and Kainrad were too much for Rootstown to overcome as Pirate golfers Wright and Wilkins turned in scorecards with 44 and 42, respectively. The totals were nine strokes better than their Rover counterparts.
Southeast improved its record to 4-1 both overall and in the PTC County Division and currently lead the league standings. Woodridge also has one loss, but has three wins at this point in the season.
The Rovers drop to 2-5 in the County Division and are 3-5 overall. They currently sit in fourth place.
Rootstown has the rest of the week free, with a bye in County Division competition, while Southeast travels to Paradise Lake Golf Course in Randolph to take on the Waterloo Vikings on Wednesday.