By Rob Kiser
Call Sports Editor
Even Mother Nature understands the significance of the Scott Homan Memorial — held and completed for the 28th straight year Monday at Piqua Country Club.
Not, that there weren’t a few anxious moments during a 90-minute weather delay at the tournament held to honor the former Piqua High School golfer who died tragically in a car accident in 1986.
“I would have sworn this was going to be the year (they didn’t finish),” Versailles coach Pete DiSalvo said. “I am so glad for Cindy (Cindy Walk, Scott Homan’s mother) that we were able to get it in. They (the Homan family) do such a great job and make this a special event for everyone.”
For Troy, it was a day not only to appreciate, but celebrate.
After winning the first eight Homan Memorials, the Trojans recorded their 10th team title and and first since 1998, winning with a 309 total — 17 strokes ahead of second place Tippecanoe.
“This is such a top-notch event,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “The family really treats us great. They set the bar high for other tournaments. We always enjoy coming here.”
The Trojans were led by medalist Troy Moore, who carded a 73.
“It (being medalist) definitely was a goal,” Moore said. “I felt like my score could have been lower. I missed quite a few short birdie putts. The team felt like we should win and we went out and did that, so that feels great.”
Other Troy scores were Dalton Cascaden 76, Grant Kasler 79, Peyton Wheat 81 and Matt Monnin 96.
“It feels great to end the drought in a tournament we had always done so well at in the past,” Evilsizor said. “It is our first win since 1998. It is great to get out on a course like this early in the season.”
Miami East finished fifth with a 344 total.
But, coach Terry Henley understood what the day was about.
“This is without question the top tournament we go to each year,” Henley said. “It is because the family does such a great job — and to keep it going for 28 years — that is spectacular.”
Henley also had a lot to be pleased with his team’s play on the course.
Ryan Bergman led the way with an 80.
Other Viking scores were Scot Kirby 81, Devyn Carson 83, Kley Karadak 90 and Dylan Martinez 100.
“We improved quite a bit from last year,” Henley said. “We have everyone back but one player. It is a great opportunity for us to play on a course like this early in the year.”
Covington finished seventh with a 344 total.
Joe Slusher led the Buccs with a 79.
Other Covington scores included Levi Winn 85, Andrew Slusher 85, Jacob Blair 95, Ty Boehringer 99.
“This is always a great even, they treat us so good,” Covington coach Bill Wise said. “We look forward to coming here every year. I thought the kids played pretty well.”
Versailles finished ninth with a 348 total.
Jacob Watren led a consistent group with 85.
Other Versailles scores were Nicholas Litten-Stonebraker 87, Griffen Riegle 87, Kyle Cotner 89 and Michael Hemmelgarn 105.
“This really helps us (getting on a course like Piqua Country Club,” DiSalvo said. “Especially this year, because we are so young.”
Piqua finished 10th with a 367 total — but Indians coach Josh Burns makes sure that is the last thing his golfers worry about on this day.
And while Burns was never lucky enough to meet Scott Homan, he feels like he knows him.
“Just from reading stories and talking to people who knew him,” Burns said. “Scott was the kind of guy we want our golfers to strive to be. We want them to be like him. No matter how bad things are going on the golf course, things can be worse. This is a special day and our kids understand that.”
Kenton Kiser led the Indians with an 81.
Other Piqua scores were Kyle Ingle 91, Derek Jennings 94, Brennan Hicks 101 and Cole Greaser 101.
“We improved from the GWOC preseason,” Burns said. “This was our best tournament last year and I think we are continuing to get better. The great thing about today is we were able to get our B team out here and get some more golfers experience.”
Lehman Catholic finished 11th with a 382 total.
Sam Dean led the way with 91.
Other Cavalier scores were Tyler Lachey 95, Rocco Catanzarite 98, Ryan Schmidt 98 and Zack Scott 103.
“I wish our scores had a been a little lower,” Lehman coach Tony Wagner said with a laugh. “This is a top-notch tournament. This is my first experience with it, but the kids look forward to it and really enjoy playing here. Everyone gets treated great and it is good to get out on a golf course like this.”
Piqua B took 17th with a 438 total.
Walker Henley (Miami East) led them with 97.
Other scores were Jon Irvin 112, Spencer Lavey 113, Jarrod Gullett.
In the end, it was not about the scores, but honoring Scott Homan — something even Mother Nature understands.