Ida Baker used the strength of two scores in the 30s to capture its fifth straight North of the River Tournament title Monday at Coral Oaks Golf Course.
Alec DiLallo and Payton Shehane each carded nine-hole rounds of 3-over-par 39 to lead the Bulldogs in a close battle with host Mariner. The Bulldogs' foursome total of 167 edged the Tritons with 175.
"I think we were the favorite going in, but Mariner is a good team that likes to wear you down," said Bulldogs coach Scott Conforte. "They had us down, I thought, but finished strong. Ross (Lally) was not happy with his 41, but Payton's round was key. It got us over the hump."
Ida Baker golfer Alec DiLallo putts during Monday’s North of the River Tournament at Coral Oaks Golf Course. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
Baker's fourth shooter carded 48 in the season-opening match for all five West Zone schools who participated. North Fort Myers placed third with 206, Island Coast fourth with 212 and Cape High last with 217.
"I'm proud of my guys," said Conforte. "Mariner has been looking forward to this match for a long time. For their guys, not getting a North of the River title over four years has to be disappointing for their seniors."
Chris Spoone, Cody Carroll and Joe Sagi led the Tritons with matching scorecards of 43. Brayden Fortini contributed a 46 to their cause.
Nick Marchitto led the Red Knights team with 49 with Brandon Mitchell turning in the low score for Island Cost at 45. Ben Collins, Corey Williamson and Joseph Edwards paced Cape high with matching 54s.
"It was windy, blowing 25 to 30 mph," said Tritons coach Steve Larsen. "It hasn't been that blowing that hard for the last three, four weeks. The course was in great condition and I guess our scores were pretty consistent with the wind factored in, but they could always be lower."
The Bulldogs host Fort Myers and Barron Collier Tuesday at Palmetto Pine Country Club in their next match while the Tritons face South Fort Myets and Riverdale at Miramar Lakes.
at Coral Oaks Golf Course, par 36
1. Baker 167 - Alec DiLallo 39, Payton Shehane 39, Ross Lally 41, Adrian Strey 48.
2. Mariner 175 - Chris Spoone 43, Cody Carroll 43, Joe Sagi 43, Brayden Fortini 46.
3. North Fort Myers 206 - Nick Marchitto 49, Branon Daughtry 50, Max Ferris 53, Trent Dickey 54.
4. Island Coast 212 - Brandon Mitchell 45, Rile Zabrowski 55, Forest Theune 55, Brennan Wooten 57.
5. Cape Coral 217 - Ben Collins 54, Corey Williamson 54, Joseph Edwards 54, Andres Jafiarian 55.
Oasis 3, SWF Christian 2: The volleyball season opened with a hard-fought, come-from-behind victory for the Oasis Sharks Monday night.
After dropping the first two games, the Sharks had to reach back for something extra to pull out a 19-25, 12-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-10 win at Southwest Florida Christian.
"We did not look like ourselves to start," said Sharks coach James Mikolajczyk. "We were out of sorts early and it took awhile to sort things out and make adjustments."
Larra Bickelhaupt led the Sharks with 13 kills along with three blocks and two service aces. Jordan Westendorf contributed four kills and four aces while Danielle Webber added six kills and three digs.
The Sharks (1-0) host Estero on Thursday.