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Good Park Junior updates

By admin Published: July 11, 2007

On Wednesday, 22 players qualified for the championship flight, which will compete in a 36-hole tournament Thursday and Friday.

Here are the players who made the cut and their scores for 18 holes (par 71):

69 (-2): Kyle Bates

72 (+1): Cory Kumpf, Grant Weaver, Kevin Miller, Isaac Charette

73 (+2): John Furlong, Jake Wetzel, Nathan Tarter

74 (+3): Scott Hamlin, Paul Doll, Collin Marozzi, Richie Schembechler, Bryan Mitchell, Jerry Moore

75 (+4): Alex Griffiths, Alex Brinkman, Taylor Feith, Mark Scott

76 (+5): Sean Murphy, Evan McCauley, Ian Cassel, Cody Cutright


I talked to a couple of the players who made the cut for the championship flight.

Jake Wetzel, 17, is going to be a senior at Parma Padua Franciscan High School this fall. This is his fourth year competing in the Good Park Junior. He had three birdies and shot a 73.

This is what he Wetzel to say about his round: "I've been playing pretty rough lately, but I'm starting to get a good feel for it now. I'm just taking one shot at a time."

Cory Kumpf, 18, is a recent graduate of Jackson High School. He had one eagle, two birdies and shot a 72.

"I went bogey, bogey the last two holes, so it kind of killed me," said Kumpf, who is competing in his first Good Park Junior. "Besides that I played pretty good."

Kyle Bates, 18, a recent graduate of Avon Lake High School shot a 2-under 69 in the qualifying round.

"I was pretty happy with it," Bates said. "I've been playing horribly lately. I was struggling to shoot in the 70s."

But Bates, a four-year letterwinner, two-year captain and second-team All-Ohio selection was on fire Wednesday. The Denision University recruit made seven birdies including the par-4 No. 1, par-5 No. 2, par-3 No. 4, par-5 No.5, par-4 No. 7, par-4 No. 12 and par-3 No. 13.



The girls divisions did not play Wednesday because early-morning thunderstorms delayed play, and the girls' flights were already determined.

However, twin sisters Heather and Carly Arison were practicing putting and chipping for a couple hours late Wednesday afternoon at Good Park. The two rising seniors at Copley High School helped the Indians golf team finish second at the state tournament last season.

Heather and Carly finished third and fourth, respectively, at Good Park last year. With the absence of last year's top two girls finishers (Megan Weaver and Mandi Morrow), the twins said they expect one of them to win the tournament.

Another sister tandem from Copley will also be at Good Park. Elisa, a recent Copley graduate, and Molly, who is going to be a junior at Copley, are scheduled to compete with the rest of the girls' field Thursday and Friday.



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