The boys golf season turnout was a hole in one

By Thea Angeli — When it comes to golf, the boy’s golf team has a hole in one. With a Federal League record of 4-2 for the season, these boys know what they are doing. The team truly earned its second place in the recent post-feds match.

While two losses may not seem so great in the big scheme of things, that is not the case.

“We lost two federal league matches, each by two strokes,” boy’s golf coach Chris Schorsten said.

Those two matches, lost to Hoover and Jackson, were close matches. That did not make post-feds a breeze, though.

“We were surprised at how well we did with not having a third or fourth golfer,” Schorsten said.

Only the team’s top two golfers ended up placing in this tournament, seniors Carson Tillis and Chris Clapper. This means the team had to place very high in the tournament in order for the teams’ score to actually be high enough to place. Tillis and Clapper place first and second, helping the team earn their second place overall score.

Tillis also earned Stark County Golfer of the Week, an honor given to a golfer that has been noted for their achievement throughout the season.

“We improved a lot from last year. Our team, we have each other’s backs. We work as a team,” Clapper said.

Three seniors from last year’s team graduated, leaving three varsity spots that needed to be filled.

These new players contributed to the team’s success at sectionals, which was on Oct. 1.The whole team moved on to the district tournament held on Oct. 9. The top four players from the district and the top four teams from our district are the only ones to go to the state match. The only player to move on from districts to the state meet was Clapper.

“I’ve wanted to go to States since I was a little kid.  It’s been my dream. To achieve this goal really meant a lot me, my family, and my coaches,” Clapper said.

The States tournament will be held at the Ohio State University Scarlet Golf Course on Oct. 18 and 19. Clapper will be one of many golfers there, and he hopes that his golfing will be up to par.

[Updated Aug. 7, 2017: This article has been reformatted for consistency.]