BROOKFIELD - If only Matthew Broderick was at Yankee Run Golf Course on Monday - it could've been "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" Golf Edition for 13 area high school teams.
At 10:30 a.m., teams started teeing off for the annual Brookfield Invitational. John F. Kennedy's Billy Phillips would have been in nutrition class.
"You can't beat coming out to golf on a school day," Phillips said. "It's more fun than being in class."
Added Ryan Fowler, "It actually feels wonderful."
The senior and junior tandem finished 1-2 in the tournament with rounds of 76 and 77, respectively. Kennedy shot a 332 to win the tournament with East Palestine coming in second with a 343. Lakeview was third with a 344, Warren G. Harding was fourth with a 353 and Maplewood was fifth with a 359.
Lakeview's Brandon Reed finished third with an 80 and Buster Thomas, also of the Bulldogs, was fourth with an 81.
"I felt pretty good out there," Phillips said.
Added Fowler, "It's a very nice course and we've practiced here before. Even with all these teams, you're still just playing the course."
Having played just three dual matches this season, the Eagles are used to seeing many teams at invitational-type tournaments.
"I'm a big believer in playing 18 holes as much as we can," JFK coach Jim. St. George said.
Last year, Kennedy shot a 303 at the Brookfield Invitational. Fowler, the medalist last year too, had a 71 and Phillips shot a 76 while graduated seniors James LaPolla and Stephen Macali totaled 77 and 79, respectively. It was the first time St. George had his top four golfers all break 80.
"I'm still proud of what they did (on Monday)," St. George said. "It was our first Monday tournament and, yeah, they get out of school, but point being - they did their job."
Fowler, Phillips and Thomas, three of the top golfers in Trumbull County, started their rounds with a 4 on hole No. 1 - a straight, but elevated Par 5 measuring 496 yards. Twelve golfers on Monday had a double-digit score on that first hole.
"It's a very hard opening hole," St. George said. "A 5 or 6 is a really good score on that one."
St. George compares Yankee Run to a sectional and district-type course, so it's a good tun up for those tournaments in the coming weeks. The Division III sectional is at Riverview and the district tournament is at Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance.
The Eagles have the rest of this week off from matches before playing in the North Coast League tournament at Pine Hills in Hinckley. They've won back-to-back conference championships.