HINCKLEY TWP. — The day started out well but ended in disappointment for Medina’s boys golf team Monday at the Pine Hills Division I District.
The Bees finished fifth with a score of 312, four strokes behind Walsh Jesuit (308) for the final qualifying position to the state tournament.
Medina’s Colin McClowry set a blistering pace, playing the front nine at 1-under par. McClowery and fellow senior Ian Dorman finished with 77s.
Hole No. 12 proved to be McClowry’s undoing, as a triple-bogey led to three more bogeys.
“I wanted to play a little bit better today. I was doing pretty good on the front nine with a 35, then the back nine got to me,” McClowry said. “I had one bad shot, and from there it kind of went downhill. … That’s what golf does to you.”
Junior Blake Shienkaruk shot a 78 and Caden Pittman shot an 80 to round out the Bees’ scoring.
Medina coach Mike Mozingo came in thinking his team would need a 307. After shooting 153 on the front, it looked like the Bees were on pace.
“We played really, really well on the front nine today, and we had a couple bad holes on the back,” Mozingo said. “We didn’t play bad. It was far from our worst round of the year. It just wasn’t quite good enough.
“We had a good year. It didn’t end the way we wanted it to. You can’t play defense in golf. These other schools played well today. Hats off to them. They did a great job.”
Brunswick had a pair of golfers in the 70s, sophomore Clayton Greiner (77) and freshman Alex Heilbrun (79), but it wasn’t enough as the Blue Devils shot 328 to finish 14th.
Kyle Goessler, the only senior in the lineup, shot 85 and Chase Safko finished with an 89.
“The first thing I did after the round was go over and talk to Kyle (Goessler) and thank him for everything he’s done all season,” coach Chad Thompson said. “His leadership got us to where we are today. He took these young kids and really showed them the way to do things the right way. Kyle was the heart and soul of our team.”
With players like Greiner and Heilbrun in the lineup for years to come, the Blue Devils are hoping to become an October fixture again after qualifying for state for the first time last season.
“Now I know I can play this level,” Greiner said. “Now I know if I put my mind to it and hit the shots I need to hit, I can be right there with all these low scores that are coming in.”
Highland finished 11th with a 321. The Hornets were led by senior Nathan Fousek and junior Cooper Hrabak, who had 79s.
Pine Hills Division I District
at par-71 Pine Hills G.C.
Standings (top 4 advance to state tournament): 1. Massillon Jackson 302, 2. Archbishop Hoban 305, 3. St. Ignatius 307, 4. Walsh Jesuit 308, 5. Medina 312, 6. Green 313, 7. Stow 314, 8. Hudson 319, 9. Mayfield 320, 10. Strongsville 320, 11. Highland 321, 12. GlenOak 327, 13. University School 327, 14. Brunswick 328, 15. Mentor 328, 16. Lake Catholic 331, 17. St. Edward 331, 18. Marlington 337, 19. North Royalton 350, 20. Amherst 352.
Individual qualifiers: Maxwell Moldovan (Gr) 71, Alex Anderson (Uniontown Lake) 74, Mason Frazier (Wooster) 74, Brandon Jatich (GO) 74.
Medina (312): Colin McClowry 77, Ian Dorman 77, Blake Shienkaruk 78, Caden Pittman 80, John Varley 83.
Highland (321): Nathan Fousek 79, Cooper Hrabak 79, Jack Hoynes 81, Joe Alcini 82, Griffin Hrabak 85.
Brunswick (328): Clayton Greiner 77, Alex Heilbrun 79, Kyle Goessler 85, Chase Safko 87, Cody Merrill 91.