Monday, January 30, 2023

Hawks roll to win at Badger Invitational

CHARDON—Led by medalist Jack Gole and second place finisher Tommy Hill, Hawken rolled to the team title at the Berkshire Badger Invitational on Tuesday at Pleasant Hills Golf Course.

The tournament win was the third for the Hawks this season as they already claimed titles at the Chagrin Valley Conference preseason tournament and the Trinity Invitational.

“The kids are playing really well right now,” said Hawken coach Bert Kovarik. “They worked hard all summer and I’ve got four guys who are really dedicated golfers. They’ve improved their games tremendously.”

Gole claimed medalist honors with a tournament-low 74 on the Par 70 course. Hill finished behind his teammate with a 77. Drew Covitt tied for sixth with an 81 and Copper Bryan tied for 13th with an 86 to round out the scoring for the Hawks, who finished with a total of 318 strokes.

Future CVC member Lutheran West finished in second place, eight strokes behind the Hawks and Kirtland was third with a 350. Independence was fourth (362), Garrettsville Garfield was fifth (380), Geneva was sixth (396), Berkshire finished seventh (402) and Wickliffe was eighth (427).

Berkshire’s Forrest Kuchling carded a 78 to finish third overall while Lutheran West’s Sam Spacek and Jakob Gross both finished tied for fourth with a 79.

Team Scores:

1. Hawken 318
2. Lutheran West 326
3. Kirtland 350
4. Independence 362
5. Garfield 380
6. Geneva 396
7. Berkshire 402
8. Wickliffe 427

Top 20 Individual Scores:

1. Jack Gole (Hawken) 74
2. Tommy Hill (Hawken) 77
3. Forrest Kuchling (Berkshire) 78
4. Sam Spacek (Lutheran West) 79
4. Jakob Gross (Lutheran West) 79
6. Drew Covitt (Hawken) 81
6. Cam King (Garfield) 81
8. Hunter West (Lutheran West) 83
8. Jack Dever (Kirtland) 83
8. Carson Bianco (Independence) 83
11. Andrew Michalski (Wickliffe) 84
12. John Smolik (Lutheran West) 85
13. Cooper Bryan (Hawken) 86
13. Tyler Robinson (Lutheran West) 86
15. Seann McGill (Kirtland) 87
16. Thomas Wong (Hawken) 89
16. Adam Mueller (Kirtland) 89
18. Hugh Corrigan (Independence) 90
19. Cici Anness (Kirtland) 91
19. Calvin Cackowski (Wickliffe) 91

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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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