By Susan Jenior | Correspondent
It was a night of close matches on the links of the Portage Trail Conference.
Southeast traveled to Paradise Lake Country Club in Randolph on Wednesday to take on the Mogadore Wildcats.
When Southeast got off the bus, they were at the top of the league. When the match ended, the Pirates were in a tie at the top with Mogadore after the Wildcats won the match 166-171.
Southeast had the top scorer in Cody Tuttle, who fired a 37 on the Par 34 front nine at Paradise.
But Mogadore offered the most consistency and depth as Eddie Pearce led the Wildcats with a 40, with the top four golfers continuing their scores in consecutive order: Kyle Bowers fired a 41, Ryan Hostetler a 42 and Collin Whitmyer a 43.
For Southeast, Joey Kainrad fired a solid 43 with Abe Wheaton adding a 45 and Ben Wright a 46.
The middle of the pack was tough for Southeast as one golfer had to return to hit another drive after a lost ball and other found the hard greens at Paradise Lake difficult to maneuver.
It looked like it was going to be a dismal match all around as the first two golfers from both teams fired a collective 11-over-par on the first Par 3 hole at Paradise.
But Pearce of Mogadore and Tuttle of Southeast played the way everyone in the PTC County Division has come to expect and finished their round hitting greens and fairways.
The five-stroke victory gives Mogadore a record of 11-2 overall and 8-2 in the PTC County Division, while Southeast is now 4-2 both overall and in the division.
PTC County Division defending champion, Woodridge, lost on Wednesday to the Streetsboro Rockets at Raccoon Hill, dropping the Bulldogs to three losses and in a tie with Streetsboro.
The race couldn't be tighter as the PTC County Division teams work their way through the matches to the PTC tournament at Sable Creek Golf Course in Hartville in two weeks.