Here are some of the Alliance area’s top returning boys golfers:
Jack Mayle, Louisville junior
Returning from a team which graduated zero seniors last spring, Mayle put together a solid sophomore season for the Leopards, capped by a 77 at the Division I sectional tournament at Tannenhauf Golf Club, shooting a very consistent round of 39 and 38. That performance propelled Mayle to Division I district play at Pine Hills, where he finished with an 86.
Landon Wilson, West Branch senior
Playing a consistent round of golf in most of his matches, Wilson averaged 40.6 per nine holes for the Warriors, helping the team finish with a 12-4 Eastern Buckeye Conference record. Fairly efficient on the green, he averages two putts per hole. He also has displayed the right type of mentality for a sport which breeds frustration, possessing a short-term memory if something goes awry.
Reed Williams, West Branch senior
Possessing the same type of level-headed attitude as his teammate Landon Wilson, Williams gave the Warriors a solid one-two punch in 2021. He averaged in the low 40s per nine holes, relying on a strong game off the tee. His driver has been a productive weapon.
Zach Root, Louisville junior
One of several sophomores who stepped up during Division I postseason play, Root fired an 82 during the Tannenhauf sectional. His play helped the Leopards finish seventh in the final team standings. Root, whose sectional round broke down to a 39-43, is part of a competitive junior class that hopes to feed off the momentum it gained in 2021.
Garrett Dillon, Marlington sophomore
Following the decision by senior Charlie Mort, a former district qualifier, to bypass golf in his senior year, Dillon is one of three candidates to step into the No. 1 role in 2022. During his first postseason tournament, in his freshman year, Dillon carded a respectable 81 at the Ravenna sectional at Windmill Lakes. Dillon gained match experience and plays with fearlessness, aggressiveness and confidence, refusing to worry about any distractions or setbacks. He just plays.
Connor Battershell, Marlington senior
Regarded as a diligent technician by his head coach (Rick Snode), Battershell is also expected to step up his game after a successful junior year, which included a solid 82 at the sectional tournament. As his game started to evolve, he developed a solid routine and sticks with it. His technical approach also applies to everything. One notable strength is his ability to drive the ball at great length.
Cole Miller, Louisville junior
Part of a sophomore class that played at a high level, especially in the postseason, Miller returns to a team that consists of six returning letterwinners. Miller carded an 85 during his 18 holes at the sectional held at Tannenhauf Golf Club, finishing third on the team behind Mayle and Root. Miller surged into the postseason after shooting a solid 42 in a nine-hole match with Dover, which helped Louisville capture the match on a tiebreaker.
Brant Allison, West Branch senior
Stepping up as a junior to finish with an average in the mid-40s per nine holes, Allison is working on becoming a more consistent player in 2022. He showed a productive short game in 2021, featuring outstanding approach shots. Allison has also developed into a pretty good putter.
Blake Howard, Marlington senior
Relying on ‘feel’ as he navigates the course during a match, Howard has valuable varsity experience and has performed extremely well in high-leverage situations. In his sophomore year at the Division I sectional tournament, Howard finished with the second-lowest score for the Dukes and helped them earn a fifth-place finish in the team standings. He has developed into a very good player off the tee, and that driving excellence helps put him in solid position for approach shots.
Jaxon Robb, West Branch junior.
Gaining valuable experience while starting as a sophomore, Robb finished with an average nine-hole score in the mid-40s, similar to teammate Brant Allison. He possesses excellent poise. His length and accuracy have improved on approach shots. He is hitting the ball farther and closer to the fairway. His short-game strength is putting, while he needs to improve his chipping.