SILVER LAKE: Walsh Jesuit senior Chase Johnson says his favorite golfer to watch is Tiger Woods.
Johnson’s skill-set and wardrobe resembled Woods on Monday at Silver Lake Country Club when he carded a 3-under-par 69 to win the medalist honor and lead the Warriors to a team victory in a field of 21 teams at the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Invitational.
Johnson and his Walsh teammates wore cardinal red golf shirts, similar to Woods’ standard look on Sundays during the final round of tournament. The color does not jive exactly with the Warriors’ maroon and gold color scheme, but it looks sharp.
“We wore red today,” Johnson said. “Tomorrow, we are at Red Tail [Country Club] and we are going to wear the white, blue and gold shirts. We will be red most of the year. We wore red last year too. … We picked this because it is a form of red, which is in the school colors. Sunday red is my thing, too.”
Johnson, a Kent State University recruit, made birdies on Nos. 4, 15 and 16. He also made an eagle on No. 11.
“I didn’t really play that well, but I played smart,” Johnson said. “I hit fairways. I hit 16 greens. I didn’t make a lot of putts, but I made the ones when I had to. When I got into trouble, I got out of it quick.
“I hit a great shot on 11 from 242 [yards], from the right rough. I hit a little cut around the tree to about 4 feet, and made an eagle.”
Canton Central Catholic senior Adam Mallette shot a 1-under-par 71 to finish second and Stow senior Ian Holt carded a 72 to finish third.
Walsh won the team title with 311 shots, two better than Canton Central Catholic. Aurora, Hudson and Chagrin Falls each totaled 323.
“The course was in great shape,” Johnson said of the 6,722-yard layout. “These pin placements were the hardest they have been since I played in this tournament. They were tricky. You had to be precise today.”
Mallette made birdies on Nos. 8, 2 and 4. He also bogeyed Nos. 13 and 16.
“I didn’t really hit the ball that spectacularly, but I kept the ball in play all day,” Mallette said. “I made almost every putt inside of 10 feet. I felt really confident with my putter.”
Holt, a Kent State recruit, was solid for 13 holes and then struggled during the final five.
“I actually played well,” Holt said. “I was 4-under with five to play. I bogeyed No. 1 and double-bogeyed 2, which are two of the easiest holes on the course, and then I bogeyed 5.”
Hudson’s Dave Sexton and Walsh Jesuit’s Luke Liberatore tied for fourth with 76s.
Freshman Zak Supelak (79) and sophomore Trevor Merril (87) also scored for Walsh.
“Overall, our guys played well,” Walsh coach Mike Richetto said. “Tough pin placements today. Greens were fast. Everybody had a few wrecks, but we bounced back. That is what I like to see. Everybody is going to have bad shots. The team with the least number of bad shots wins.”
Richetto was happy with Johnson’s showing, but felt his score could have been lower.
“Chase manages his game excellent,” Richetto said. “I think that there was maybe one pin that he went after to try to get close to, and it caused him a bogey. He played very smart overall. He played below the hole all day long. He didn’t have any three-putts. He had a lot of one-putts. He missed a lot of opportunities for a lower score though. He missed a one-foot putt on 10 and he probably missed in the neighborhood of five other birdie opportunities under 12 feet.”
Mallette, senior Brenden Tully (79) and sophomores Mark Mokros (81) and Jared Kasunick (82) scored for CCC.
“Adam played well,” Crusaders coach Dave Oates said. “He putted well, but I didn’t think he hit the ball that great today. He had a lot of mediocre shots, but he got up and down a ton and made a lot of six- or eight-footers.”
Oates said he expects his team to hit the ball better in upcoming tournaments.
Four players tied for seventh at 78, including Tallmadge’s Zach Mosholder, CVCA’s Bowe Andrews, Chagrin Falls’ Daniel Berlin and Medina’s Evan Schreck.