Wednesday, September 27, 2023

CVC teams fare well at Badger Invitational

CHARDON—Led by tournament champion Hawken, Chagrin Valley Conference teams fared well at the 4th annual Badger Invitational at Pleasant Hills Golf Course on Tuesday.

The Hawks, who on Monday claimed a title at the CVC Preseason Tournament, finished Monday’s round with 322 strokes. Chardon was second with 347.

Lutheran West (361), Independence (401) and Berkshire (409) rounded out the top five.

Hawken’s Drew Covitt and Tommy Hill carded a 75 and 76, respectively, to finish first and second.

The medalist honor was the second straight for Covitt, who won Monday’s CVC tournament.

“I am very happy with how I have played in my last two tournaments,” Covitt said. “It is nice to be able to put up good scores so early in the season. This is a good confidence boost going into the rest of the season.”

Covitt worked hard over the summer to improve his overall course management and to develop a strategy to deal with the different weather and course conditions he’d face this season.

“Coach (Bert) Kovarik is always talking to the team about how (important) course management is, so it is always on my mind when I am playing,” Covitt said. “Although it rained for a majority of the round, I made an effort to stay focused for all 18 holes. Through my experience playing in the rain, I have learned to club up. For example, if I am hitting a 150-yard shot, I will take a 9-iron rather than a pitching wedge.”

Through three events over the first two weeks of the season, Covitt has a second-place finish and two firsts to his credit.

“For me, the key to consistent play is practice,” he said. “I have been working hard to form a repeatable golf swing, which builds my confidence on the golf course. High school golf is a team sport because everyone’s score counts and I am lucky to be a part of Hawken’s golf team. Our support is what helps the team play consistent golf.”

Lutheran West’s Tyler Robinson (83) and Hawken’s Thomas Wong (84) also finished among the top five.

Wickliffe also competed but with just three golfers the Blue Devils didn’t score as a team. Mario Cefaratti shot an 88 to finish seventh overall for the Blue Devils.

Independence’s Andrew Marcinko shot an 89 one day after shooting 83 to earn a share of the medalist honors at the CVC Metro Division preseason tournament.

“It feels great but I know that there is a long way to go and I need to keep working hard,” Marcinko said of his early success. “Feeling confident is great but I try not to focus on personal success too much. All I hope for is to continue to contribute to our team’s success.”

Like Covitt, Marcinko also had a strategy to battle the elements on Tuesday.

“I just focused on the shot in front of me instead of the adverse weather conditions,” he said. “My 6-iron felt good but I’m just happy to help contribute to a good team finish.”

Alex Mulacek led Berkshire with a 91.

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Team Scores:

1. Hawken 322
2. Chardon 347
3. Lutheran West 361
4. Independence 401
5. Berkshire 409
6. Garfield 414
7. Wickliffe (DNS)

Top 15 Individuals:

1. Drew Covitt (Hawken) 75
2. Tommy Hill (Hawken) 76
3. Mitchell Cormiea (Chardon) 77
4. Tyler Robinson (Lutheran West) 83
5. Thomas Wong (Hawken) 84
6. Cooper Bryan (Hawken) 87
7. Will Mazurek (Chardon) 88
7. Mario Cefaratti (Wickliffe) 88
9. Shane Callahan (Chardon) 89
9. Andrew Marcinko (Independence) 89
11. Jake Gross (Lutheran West) 91
11. Alex Mulacek (Berkshire) 91
13. Hugh Corrigan (Independence) 92
13. Jake Britton (Garfield) 92
13. Drew Michalski (Wickliffe) 92

Full Scoring:

Hawken 322

  • Drew Covitt 75
  • Tommy Hill 76
  • Thomas Wong 84
  • Cooper Bryan 87
  • Jack Spiegle 104
  • Peyton O’Keefe 106

Chardon 347

  • Mitchell Cormiea 77
  • Will Mazurek 88
  • Shane Callahan 89
  • Noah Gerlica 93
  • Thomas Kimpton 95
  • Kyle Kovats 97

Lutheran West 361

  • Tyler Robinson 83
  • Jake Gross 91
  • Jake Detullio 93
  • D.J. Robinson 94
  • Cameron Wandrie 96
  • Tyler West 99

Independence 401

  • Andrew Marcinko 89
  • Hugh Corrigan 92
  • Michael Jedrzejek 109
  • Marky Tripodi 111
  • Ryan Gibson 119
  • David Eichler 125

Berkshire 409

  • Alex Mulacek 91
  • Andrew Young 100
  • Matt Hart 109
  • Wilson Jackson 109
  • Ethan Gingrich 111
  • Jacob Zeiler 115

Garfield 414

  • Jake Britton 92
  • Pearce Fedor 93
  • Hayden Peska 109
  • Michael Richards 120
  • Kyle Lance 122
  • Danny Ensinger 126

Wickliffe DNS

  • Mario Cefaratti 88
  • Drew Michalski 92
  • Calvin Cackowski 100
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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