Saturday, January 28, 2023

Hawks punch ticket to state

Hawken’s boys’ golf team is headed to the state tournament in Columbus after finishing second at Tuesday’s Division II Northeast District at Windmill Lakes Golf Course in Ravenna.

“We are absolutely thrilled about going to state,” said Hawken coach Bert Kovarik. “It was our goal from the moment we lost out by one stroke last year. Jack Gole, Drew Covitt, Tommy Hill and Thomas Wong were on a mission. That’s all we talked about, was performing at the right time, which they did.”

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin won the district tournament with 311 strokes. Hawken was second with 314 and Chagrin Valley Christian Academy finished third with 332.

All three played in the same sectional tournament and will compete against each other in Columbus on Oct. 12-13.

“Our sectional was one of the toughest in the state and this year they added CVCA,” Kovarik said. “The same three teams from Quail (Hollow Golf Course) are going to state. Our 314 was a good score but I believe we can be even better.”

Gole, a senior, finished tied for first with a 74. After a playoff to determine the tournament’s medalist, Gole finished second overall.

“Jack’s 74 led the way with a very good round he has done it three years in a row,” Kovarik said. “He told me all week, ‘We got this coach,’ and he led the way. He played off for medalist against players from Edgewood and Poland Seminary and ended up second. This season has been a great experience but it’s not over.”

Covitt and Hill, both juniors, finished with a 78 and an 80, respectively, and Wong, a sophomore shot an 82. Junior Zak Rutherford also competed and finished with a 99.

The Hawks will compete for the state title at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course.

“The OSU Scarlet course is tough but the kids can’t wait,” Kovarik said. “We have practiced on tough courses like Canterbury all year to prepare.”

Dist. Tournament: (NE) Division II Boys – Windmill Lakes Golf Course

Qualifiers: Top 3 teams and 3 individuals not on a qualifying team

Team Place:

* Indicates qualifying team

1. NDCL* 311 (Arya Achar 75, Aditya Achar 82, Zander Gibson 75, Danny Milo 81, Jakob Flynn 80); 2. Hawken* 314 (Jack Gole 74, Drew Covitt 78, Thomas Hill 80, Thomas Wong 82, Zak Rutherford 99); 3. CVCA* 332 (Caden Scarbrough 77, Christian Beckett 83, Andrew Golembiewski 82, Blake Bolinski 91, Andrew Hendrickx 90); 4. Poland Seminary 333; 5. Waynedale 336; 6. South Range 339; 7. Luth. West 346; 8. Ursuline 350; 9. West Branch 358; 10. Chippewa 362; 11. Elyria Cath. 379; 12. Mooney 383; 13. Chagrin Falls 0; 14. Girard 0; 15. Canton South 0; 16. Field 0; 17. Crestwood 0; 18. Waterloo 0; 19. Edgewood 0; 20. Beachwood 0; 21. Benedictine 0; 22. Berkshire 0.

Individual Scores:

* Indicates qualifying individual

1. Alex Rapp*(Poland Seminary) 74, Dylan Fitchet*(Edgewood) 74, Jack Gole(Hawken) 74; 4. Zander Gibson(NDCL) 75, Arya Achar(NDCL) 75; 6. Caden Scarbrough(CVCA) 77; 7. Drew Covitt(Hawken) 78, Dylan Ledford*(Waynedale) 78; 9. Kyle Mahaffey(Elyria Cath.) 79, Seamus Chrystal(Ursuline) 79; 11. Thomas Hill(Hawken) 80, Jakob Flynn(NDCL) 80; 13. Danny Milo(NDCL) 81, Maddox Kruger (Canton South) 81; 15. Andrew Golembiewski(CVCA) 82, Aditya Achar(NDCL) 82, Drew Schnee (Beachwood) 82, Forrest Kuchling (Berkshire) 82, Alex Stoneman(Ursuline) 82, Drew Hostetler(Waynedale) 82, Thomas Wong(Hawken) 82; 22. Jakob Gross(Luth. West) 83, Keegan Butler(Mooney) 83, Ben Ellis(Chippewa) 83, Christian Beckett(CVCA) 83; 26. Luke Nord(Poland Seminary) 84, Gavin Batdorff(South Range) 84, Kaiden Sykes(South Range) 84, Jared Braman(Chippewa) 84; 30. Nick Fromel(South Range) 85; 31. Sam Spacek(Luth. West) 86, John Smolik(Luth. West) 86, Nate Burke (Beachwood) 86, Luke Stergar (Benedictine) 86, Pat Kennedy(South Range) 86, Ethan Sicafuse(Ursuline) 86, Jake Snyder(Poland Seminary) 86; 38. Thad Weaver(Waynedale) 87, Brett Blickensderfer(West Branch) 87; 40. Nick Pidgeon(West Branch) 88; 41. Alex Pittman(Waynedale) 89, Kyle Koziel(Poland Seminary) 89; 43. Aiden Wiesemann(West Branch) 90, Josh Wells(Elyria Cath.) 90, Spencer Crone (Field) 90, Andrew Hendrickx(CVCA) 90; 47. Harrison White (Chagrin Falls) 91, Hunter West(Luth. West) 91, Blake Bolinski(CVCA) 91; 50. Ean Miller(Waynedale) 92, Tyler Robinson(Luth. West) 92; 52. Reese Leone(West Branch) 93; 53. Brayden Brooks (Canton South) 94; 54. Garrett Sheets(South Range) 95; 55. Brady Barnett(Chippewa) 97, David Varley(Mooney) 97; 57. Ian Benoit (Crestwood) 98, Hunter Cichon(Chippewa) 98, Ryan O’Kane(Poland Seminary) 98; 60. J.D. Brain(West Branch) 99, Zak Rutherford(Hawken) 99; 62. Stephen VanSuch(Mooney) 101; 63. William Muzilla(Elyria Cath.) 102, Aaron Pepperney(Mooney) 102; 65. Joey Brooks(Ursuline) 103, Andrew Bertsch(Chippewa) 103, Dominic Malito (Girard) 103; 68. Tucker Brown (Waterloo) 107; 69. Nick Urbaczewski(Elyria Cath.) 108; 70. Devin Pluta(Elyria Cath.) 112; 71. James Maruca(Mooney) 113; 72. Nicco Sabella(Ursuline) 115.

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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