Saturday, January 28, 2023

Hornets rebound with win over Harvey

An upset loss at league rival Berkshire on Monday didn’t sit well with the Kirtland golf team.

The Hornets rebounded with a dominating 168-213 win over visiting Harvey on Wednesday.

“It really gave our kids confidence to get a score in the 160s under their belt again,” said Kirtland coach Greg Cosimi. “It helped that we were at home on a golf course that was soft because of all the rain today. I think the team as a whole felt a little bit better about today and I think they now have less of a bad taste in their mouth about the Berkshire match.”

Michael Schnur claimed medalist honors with an even-par 36.

“Michael shot par, so that really boosted his confidence again after being four over earlier this week,” Cosimi said.

Adam Mueller carded a 40 for the Hornets.

“I was pretty consistent today but my birdie putts weren't dropping so that was a little frustrating,” Mueller said. “It was important that we shot solid scores today just to get back to 160s as a team because we sort of all blew up against Berkshire.”

Michael Knezevic finished with a solid 43.

“I felt like I played a lot worse than what I scored,” Knezevic said. “A 43 isn't bad but I couldn't get my irons dialed in. I started to knock down some putts which helped me with my confidence going into the next hole.”

Knezevic’s 9-hole average this season is 42.70.

“I'm fairly satisfied with where I am midway through the season,” he said. “However, I still need to polish up my short game.”

Jack Dever closed out the scoring for the Hornets with a 49 and Isabel Anness and Matt Reed both came in with 50.

With the win, the Hornets improved to 10-1 in stroke play matches and 12-1 overall.

The Hornets will need a win at Hawken on Sept. 14 to remain in the hunt for the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division title.

“As a team I'm comfortable where we are right now because after one loss we now know that we can't always rely on each other to come in with lower scores, but we all have to play well,” Mueller said.

Kirtland hosts Orange on Thursday in a non-league match.


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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