Columbia City golf comes up short against Norwell

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s golf team fell to 1-2 Thursday night after losing to Norwell, 171-179.The Knights had two linksters who shot a 41 on the par 36 course, and another with a 43. “You have to give them credit to come in here and shoot two 41s and a 43,” Columbia City Head Golf Coach Andrew Thompson said. “They played a good road match.”Though the Eagles moved into a losing record after facing a loss Tuesday against Churubusco, their score showed improvement. Tuesday, Columbia City posted a 186, seven strokes worse than Thursday’s score.“I’m happy that we got into the 170s,” Thompson said. “We’d like to eventually get to the 160s. We have guys that can do it.”Leading the Eagles was Max Dryer with a 42, followed by Derek Philbee with a 43. Trent Murphy (45), Dustin Parrett (49) and Drew Burnsworth (50) rounded off Columbia City’s varsity match.Despite the Eagles’ bumpy start, the junior varsity team has started the season 3-0 with a 202-203 score. Austin Sauers led Columbia City with a 47, followed by Tucker Daniel with a 49. Cameron Deckard also shot a 49 and Tanner Daniel had a 57.Kohltin Hoeppner (59), Matt Kumfer (63), Jordan Muchow (77) and Nick Wagner (86) rounded off the junior varsity match.Columbia City has its first away match this weekend at Colonial Oaks for the Northrop Invitational, along with Whitko. “Playing on the road will be a new challenge for us. Especially at Colonial Oaks, it’s a tough course,” Thompson said.