MHS golfers face tough competition

Mendota’s Owen Aughenbaugh watches his putt head toward the cup during a dual meet with LaSalle-Peru on Sept. 15 at the Mendota Golf Club. (Reporter photo)

Mendota’s golfers went up against two Three Rivers Conference opponents in a triangular meet at Monmouth on Sept. 13. The host school shot a sizzling 162 to claim top honors, followed by the Trojans at 170 and Kewanee with a 205.

Owen Aughenbaugh continued to pace the Trojans with a low score of 38. Clay Buffington was next with a 41, while Braden McPheeters turned in a 45 and Cale Strouss carded a 46. Evan McPheeters and Brody Hartt both had a 47 for Mendota.

John Jusczyk of Monmouth was the medalist with a 36.


Three teams posted three outstanding scores with Sherrard taking the top spot in a triangular at Sheffield on Sept. 14. Sherrard had four of the six players score in the 30s and ended with a 151. The Storm took second with a 160 and the Trojans carded a 170.

Aughenbaugh led Mendota golfers with a 37, two shots off the medalist score. Braden McPheeters checked in with a 42, followed by Hartt at 44 and Strouss at 47. Buffington and Evan McPheeters each had 48s for Mendota.


LaSalle-Peru edged the Trojans, 180-182, on Sept. 15 at the Mendota Golf Club.

Aughenbaugh’s 44 paced Mendota, followed by 46s from Dominik Stamberger, Strouss and Drake Dennis. Other participants for the Trojans were Hartt (49), Braden McPheeters (51), Buffington (55) and Evan McPheeters (56).

Carter Fenza of L-P was the medalist with a 43.

Mendota posted a 185-206 win over L-P in junior varsity action.

Jack Mikolasek of the Trojans claimed meet medalist honors with a 42. Also in the lineup for Mendota were Cayden Escatel (47), Dane Doyle (48), Jace Baird (48), Grady Jones (51) and Nick Sheridan (57).