Ridgway boys golf won 208-209 on Senior Night over Johnsonburg Thursday afternoon at Laurel Mill Golf Course.
The five seniors for the Elkers are Kyle Caggiano, Aaron Sorge, Eric Matheson, Alex Oknefski and Jordan Lundin.
“The coaching staff is going to miss our five seniors,” Ridgway coach Dave Zawatski said. “It will be different not having them to rely on next year but the program is in much better shape because of them. Hopefully, we can continue the 12-match home winning streak that they have established.”
Josh Mitchell led the Elkers with a score of 37. Lundin was next at 40 and senior Matheson finished at 43. T.J. Schlimm and Jesse Reynolds both carded scores of 44.
Sorge, Jake Klawuhn and Josh Roselli each had 45 for the Elkers.
Calvin Christoff of Johnsonburg had a 37 to lead the Rams. Cameron Grumley finished at a 39 and Nathan Burgeson was next at 42. J.P. Allegretto finished at 45 and Luke Shreffler finished at 46.
“As expected it was another barnburner,” Zawatski said. “In the last two years, three of our matches with Johnsonburg were decided by two strokes or less.”
Zawatski said it will be a change to not compete against the trio of Johnsonburg seniors, Christoff, Shreffler and Allegretto.
“It will also be different not competing against Calvin, Luke and J.P. next year,” Zawatski said. “Going into districts on Monday and beyond, we will be pulling for those guys as well to finish their high school golf careers strong.”
The first round of the boys’ district golf championship will be held on Monday at Pine Acres in Bradford.
Ridgway celebrated its five seniors after the match. Eric Matheson is the son of Dave and Lisa Matheson. He said his most memorable moment was shooting a 36 in Kane and beating Johnsonburg. His future plans are to attend college and play basketball.
Jordan Lundin is the son of Diana and Mike Streich. His most memorable moments were winning over Bradford and Johnsonburg. His future plans are to attend college.
Alex Oknefski is the son of Kevin and Lori Oknefski. His most memorable moment was participating in the golf tournament for basketball. His future plans are to attend college for engineering.
Aaron Sorge is the son of Mark and Leah Sorge. His most memorable moments included making long putts and beating Johnsonburg. His future plans are to attend Penn State University and major in finance.
Kyle Caggiano is the son of Dana and Steve Caggiano. His most memorable moment was shooting an 85 in Brookville over 18 holes. His future plans are to attend a college or trade school.