Thursday, August 18, 2022

Kirtland edges Independence

Led by Seann McGill, who shot a career-low 41, Kirtland edged visiting Independence on Monday at St. Denis Golf Course, 171-181.

McGill tied Independence’s Tyler Sagi for medalist honors.

“I was surprised to come in with medalist honors as Jack (Dever) and Adam (Mueller) had off days and I was just glad I could give a boost to the team’s score,” McGill said. “Honestly, it all came down to my short game. I was chipping well and I was putting well. I struggled a little bit with my driver today, but then after discussing with coach (Sam) Kless, I started hitting my four iron off the tee, which I found success with. This was a huge confidence boost after coming off a bad match in which I shot 49. Now I just hope to stay consistent as the season goes along.”

Dever and Mueller both finished at 42 and Reese Van Arnhem shot a 46 to round out the scoring for Kirtland.

Sagi led the Blue Devils with a 41. Carson Bianco carded a 44, Hugh Corrigan finished with a 47 and Mike Jedrzejek shot a 49.

“I’m very happy for senior Tyler Sagi. That was the first time in his career that he earned medalist honors,” said Independence coach Mark Echstenkamper. “A 41 is a really good score, especially at a course he hadn’t played before.”

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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