The 2019 boys golf season is in its infancy, and already Archbishop Hoban is 2-for-2 when it comes to winning tournaments.
Freshman Nolan Haynes led Hoban to tournament titles on Monday in Stark County and on Tuesday in Lorain County.
“Our team made it to the [Division I] state tournament last year and finished sixth overall,” Hoban coach Quinn Parker said. “The returning golfers are Solomon Petrie, Aaron Apticar and Josh Wright, and then the other two that make out the starting five are incoming freshmen Nolan Haynes and Jake Ryan.”
Petrie is a sophomore, Apticar is a senior and Wright is a junior.
Haynes carded a 4-under-par 68 and earned the medalist honor to lead the Knights to first place in the Polar Bear Invitational, a 19-team event, hosted by Jackson at Shady Hollow Country Club on Monday.
Hoban posted a team-score of even-par 288, which is a school record, and Cleveland St. Ignatius placed second at 290. Wright (72), Apticar (72) and Ryan (76) also scored for the Knights.
“Nolan won in a playoff over Topher Reed of St. Ignatius,” Parker said. “They had a playoff on No. 9 and they both made a par, so they decided to do a chip-off and Nolan hit a chip closer than Topher.”
Hoban won the St. Ignatius Invitational at Redtail Golf Club in Avon on Tuesday with a 4-over 292. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller and Ignatius both posted a 299 in the 16-team event.
Haynes shot a 2-under 70 to finish as runner-up to Reed (69) on Tuesday at Redtail. Apticar shot 72, Petrie shot 73 and Wright shot 77 for the Knights.
“We have a really, really competitive group this year with a lot of talent,” Parker said.
Victory for Stow
The Stow boys golf team won the CVCA Invitational on Monday at Silver Lake Country Club with a score of 311 in a field of 18 teams.
Stow sophomore Dylan Dunn was the co-medalist with Liam Ottaway of Gates Mills Gilmour Academy as each golfer shot a 2-over-par 74.
Stow junior Dan Page tied for third with a 77, and three Bulldogs shot 80 – senior Aaron Kim, junior Max Crookston and junior Brandon Beck.
“Dylan Dunn has been working his tail off,” Stow coach Joe Vojtko said. “He was on the JV team last year, and he has been taking lessons and he is hitting close to 500 balls a day, chipping and putting. It is contagious because the whole team is doing it.”
The Cleveland St. Ignatius B squad placed second with a 322, Hudson was third at 328, CVCA took fourth at 333 and Gilmour was fifth at 336.
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