Monday, January 30, 2023

Boys Golf Preview: Cardinal Huskies

Cardinal’s golf team raised the bar last season by finishing 12-6 overall and 6-4 in conference play.

The Huskies are looking to take the next step this year and got off to a fast start by winning the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division preseason tournament.

The return of junior Troy Domen, Jake Bean, and Matt Hissa will provide the Huskies with a solid core as their newer golfers learn the ropes and fine-tune their games.

“Troy is a very good player and will need to lead the team in every match. Jake will play as much as he can while balancing his promising baseball career. Matt came on strong at the end of last year and should keep improving,” said second-year Cardinal coach Mike Topalian. “Everyone else is new to golf and will have to work hard to build for the future.”

Two starters return from a year ago in Domen and Hissa, while Bean returned from a year off.

Domen, a junior, averaged 42 strokes per nine holes last season while Bean, who committed to play baseball at Kent State, was a strong player in 2020. Hissa played on the varsity squad last season and really began to put it together down the stretch. He averaged 49 strokes per nine holes.

“(Troy is) looking for a breakout year and will need to lead the young Huskies,” said second-year coach Mike Topalian. “(Jake is an) all-around great athlete returning to golf after a year off which saw his commitment to play baseball at Kent State. (Hissa) played well at the end of 2021 and is learning how to manage his game and the course.”

Rounding out the squad are senior Cam Schwendeman and sophomore Austin Jones.

“(Schwendeman) is a first-time golfer who has worked as hard as anyone to learn the game,” Topalian said. “(Austin is an) enthusiastic first-time golfer putting in the time to learn the game.”


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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