Friday, June 14, 2024

Huskies back for more

Last fall, Cardinal’s golf team won 14 matches and advanced as a team to the district tournament.

Third-year head coach Mike Topalian returns three starters from that squad and he’s optimistic his young Huskies are just getting started.

“Our one, two, and three spots are solid with three returning varsity players,” Topalian said. “They picked up a lot of great experience last year in both matches and tournaments. They will have to perform well every match as we are very inexperienced after them.”

While Cardinal returns a solid core group of players, the Huskies will tee up three players new to the sport.

“We need the top three golfers to get off to a fast start so that the new players can learn and become comfortable on the course,” Topalian said. “They will be challenged in August for sure, but we hope at least one of the four, five, and six spots will be match ready in September.”

Sophomore Troy Domen returns after a strong freshman campaign. He averaged 42 shots per nine holes and 86 in 18-hole rounds.

Domen earned honorable mentions honors from the Chagrin Valley Conference and the News-Herald and was a second-team All-Northeast Ohio selection.

“Tory is a natural athlete with a huge upside and potential,” Topalian said. “He’s long with the driver and irons. Troy is working on sharpening his short game.”

Seniors Seth Hill and Conner Callison also return.

Hill, a first-team All-CVC golfer and honorable mention News-Herald selection, averaged 44 shots per nine holes and 92 over 18 holes.

“Our returning captain, Seth is improving each season,” Topalian said. “He is working on his course management to play smart tournament golf.:

Callison, a first-team all-conference selection who also was named honorable mention by the News-Herald, averaged 45 and 94 strokes per nine and 18 holes, respectively.

“Conner is consistent and has played well late in seasons,” Topalian said. “He is working hard on keeping the ball in play to avoid the few blowup holes in a round that we all have.”

Seniors Xander Rose and Jeremy Roach, juniors Jenna Osborn and Dylan Stewart, sophomore Allie Blasko, and senior Matthew Hissa round out the Cardinal lineup.

Steve Hare
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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