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GOLF: Dover kicks off Division II slate with victory

Ryan Vandersloot
The York Dispatch
Logan Snyder of Dover, left, watches as Zach Dixon of Eastern York tees off on the par three 14th hole during the York-Adams Division II golf match at Bon Air Country Club, Thursday, August 25, 2016. Dixon shot the round's low score of 77. John A. Pavoncello photo
  • Dover opened the season with a team score of 347, 14 strokes better than second-place Susquehannock.
  • Logan Snyder and Cody Bowers had the low team scores for Dover, each posting 83's, good for third overall.
  • Zach Dixon of Eastern York was the only player to break 80, shooting a 5-over 77.

GLEN ROCK – When a recent article previewing the favorites for Division II of the York-Adams League found its way to the Dover golf team, the Eagles felt a little bit slighted.

While Eastern York has claimed the past two division titles, the Golden Knights feature only two returning starters from those squads. Dover, on the other hand, has its whole crew back after a runner-up finish a season ago.

And with the Division II season beginning Thursday afternoon at Bon Air Country Club, the Eagles were looking to make a statement.

After Thursday’s match, every team in the division heard Dover’s message loud and clear — the Eagles are the ones to beat.

On a day in which scores were atypically high, Dover claimed a triumph with a team score of 347, which was 14 strokes ahead of host Susquehannock. Eastern, the team predicted as the preseason favorite, finished dead last, 61 strokes behind the Eagles.

“(Wednesday), we kind of saw an article in the newspaper that kind of motivated us,” Dover's Logan Snyder said. “And it said that Eastern was the team to beat and I think the really motivated us."

If that wasn’t enough, the lack of a golf banner inside the gymnasium is extra fuel that figures to fire up Coach Chuck Jordan’s club this year.

“Hopefully this is the year that we put a banner in the gym,” Dover senior Cody Bowers said.

Snyder and Bowers tied for third-place on the day with scores of 83. For Snyder, one of the top returning players in the division, his score was anything but satisfactory. The course at Bon Air, however, was brutal on nearly everyone. Only Eastern’s Zach Dixon broke 80 after carding the low round with a 5-over par 77.

“These greens here are just so hard to read,” Snyder said. “I had so many three-putts today. It was ridiculous. It was really hard to figure out the speed.”

The Warriors finished second behind the duo of Kendel Abrams and Spencer Beran. Both Abrams and Beran carded 88’s. West York, led by Ian Cooper’s 84, finished third with a team score of 373. York Suburban finished fourth with a 379, Gettysburg took fifth with a 390 while the Golden Knights rounded out the field with a 408.

Littlestown, which doesn’t field a full team for competition, was represented well by Devin Peart, who finished second overall with a round that resulted in an 82.

Next week’s competition will be played at Mountainview Golf Club near Gettysburg on Tuesday, August 30.

OTHER PREP RESULTS

Three area tennis teams drop matches: The Central York girls’ tennis team, Biglerville girls’ tennis team and the Littlestown girls’ tennis teams dropped their matches on Thursday. The Canners lost their match against Northern York, 4-1. Morgan Orndorff recorded Biglerville’s only point of the match at No. 1 singles, winning 6-0, 6-2. The Panthers lost to Hempfield, 5-0, while the Thunderbolts lost to James Buchanan, 5-0.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com