Sunday, January 29, 2023

Boys Golf Preview: Berkshire Badgers

Berkshire’s boys’ golf team is off to a fast start this fall and the sky is the limit for the Badgers.

Last season, the Badgers finished 3-11 overall and 3-7 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division. The squad struggled to put together low scores but that hasn’t been the case in the early part of the 2022 season.

“Last year, we failed to break 200 as a team during nine-hole matches,” said Berkshire coach Dave List. “We’ve already done that twice in our first two matches. This is a young and inexperienced team, but the talent it evident. They really take to their coaching and are the hardest working bunch I’ve had in a while. The future is bright.”

Berkshire’s returning starters include seniors Joe Czekaj and Troy Hornak and sophomore Mario Ramagni.

Czekaj, who also plays soccer for the Badgers, was an honorable mention All-CVC performer after averaging 52.1 in nine-hole matches. Hornak, another soccer player, averaged 55.5 strokes per nine holes, and Romagni scored 57.9 in duals.

(Joe is a) good athlete. He will give us some stability and experience,” List said. “(Troy is) another good athlete, but he doesn’t have a ton of golf experience. (Marion) has tons of potential. He played in some summer tournaments in the NEO Futures Tour. He loves the game and works at it.”

Sophomores Aiden Pollock, Kyle Rolf, and Brian Spangenberg, and freshman Jake Patterson round out Berkshire’s top seven.

“(Pollock) didn’t play last year, but has already shown the ability to play good golf. He will be very good in the future,” List said. “(Patterson) has the potential to be a very special player. He has already carded our lowest scores in our first two matches. His 47 against Madison and Kirtland helped us win that tri-match. He has the perfect demeanor for golf and he really works at it. He is a player to watch over the next four years. (Kyle) is another young player with tons of potential. He has caught the golf bug and I expect him to really work at his game and continue to get better. He can hit his irons a ton.” (Brian) has made tremendous improvement from last season.”

Senior Apollo Percic, junior Ethan Martin, and freshmen Greg Louden and Nolan Morris round out the squad.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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