The boys Bulldog golfers are off to a solid start this season, winning three of their six tournaments and sitting at 5-1 in the Suburban League.
Their last match against Tallmadge was a real cliff hanger.
“We went into the last hole six strokes behind,” said head coach Brian Tharp. “But when we heard that Dan Fanelly shot a 36 and the team went wild as that put us up by two strokes and we took the match 157-159.”
In addition to winning the three tournaments, the team also placed 2nd in the Brunswick tournament, 3rd in the Hoover Tournament and 4th in the Suburban League Tournament.
“The boys knew they could have played better in that one,” Tharp said. “But we played six tournaments in eight days, so they have done a good job overall.”
The stats so far put the team in the running for the Suburban League title, which is determined by pre-season tournaments (30 percent), league play (40 percent) and post-season play (30 percent). Both pre- and post-tournament play are based on 18-holes while league matches are nine holes each.
Seniors Max Pachulski, Drew Shultz, Matt Murrow, Curtiss Tharp and Dan Fanelly, junior Cody Conley and sophomore Eddie Pearce make up the team. Pachulski, Shultz, Tharp, Fanelly and Conley are returning district qualifiers.
Brian said Pachulski has done well for the team in 18-hole matches, hitting in the low to mid 70s.
Curtiss is No. 2 in scoring, putting up good numbers in both 9- and 18-hole matches.
Brian said Pearce has been a consistent scorer all year.
“He has worked really hard to come up from the junior varsity,” coach Tharp said.
He praised the other players, saying Shultz played well early on, Conley is the most consistent scorer, Fanelly has turned his game around and Murrow has grown a lot.
“We are looking forward to the sectionals and the districts with the five returning qualifiers,” Tharp said.
Murrow and Shultz said they are happy with the way they are playing, and Shultz predicted a trip to the state finals.
Pachulski said it’s been great playing with his team.
“I try to keep everybody’s head up when they get down,” he said. “We started off strong, and we can play better then we are. I have high expectations for the season and have a good feeling about going into the Sectionals. I am thankful for being on the team.”
Green High Girls Golf Coach Jake Schocklee said his team is good this year.
“We placed second in the pre-season tournament at Barberton Brookside,” he said. “In addition, the team has finished in the top six in three other tournaments. The girls also finished as runners-up in the Mid West Classic.”
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Co-captains Emily Howerton and Hannah Maczko have performed well all year.
Juniors Allie Stanley and twin sisters Jocelyn and Shannon Clayton and freshman Madison Jackson make up the rest of varsity.
“It has been a good season,” Maczko said. “We shot our best round against Highland, which also my best round this year. It was great that we came in second in the pre-season tournament and the Mid-West Classic.”
Jocelyn said the team has been having fun and getting along well.
Shannon said it has been a good season so far.
“It has been fun playing the other teams and getting to know [the girls],” she said.
Stanley said she is enjoying this year because she has improved since last year.
“I am happy with the way I have been playing, and the season has been going well,” she said. “But I hope for it to get better and am excited and looking forward to the sectionals.”
Shocklee was also quick to thank the Thorton family and Turkeyfoot Golf course for all their support.
“We really appreciate how they work with us,” he said. “It is a great homecourt advantage for us.”