Sunday, October 2, 2022

Redskins eager for improvement

Cuyahoga Heights’ girls’ golf team opened the 2019 season with a sixth-place finish at the Chagrin Valley Conference Preseason Tournament at Punderson Golf Course on Aug. 5.

The Redskins finished with 490 strokes and are eager to improve this season.

Thanks to a new golf training facility, the Redskins have the tools they’ll need to achieve their goals.

“We look forward to improving our CVC conference record form last year by capitalizing on the opportunities we have to practice in our newly constructed golf training room,” Cuyahoga Heights coach Joseph Kocab said. “This state-of-the-art training room was created through the vision of coach Dan D’Orazio and coach Johnny Roy and built with the generous support of superintendent Tom Evans, the Cuyahoga Heights Athletic Boosters, former coaches and staff. The teams can practice driving, chipping and putting year-round in this climate-controlled room that will also be utilized by the physical education department in their partnership with the First Tee of Cleveland.”

Returning starters Darci Bundus, Abby Morrow and Emma Patterson will be expected to lead the way for the Redskins and that’s exactly what happened in the season-opening tournament on Monday.

Bundus, a senior, finished 12th overall with 107 strokes.

“Senior Darci Bundus is one of two seniors on the squad,” Kocab said. “She is an excellent ball striker with an improving short game. She will capitalize on her first-year experience from last season and continues to be a quiet leader on the squad. Darci found time to practice in the offseason even while traveling to Indonesia on a church mission trip. Her most valuable asset is her strength of character.”

Patterson, a junior, carded a 119.

“Junior Emma Patterson is the returning team MVP and has worked throughout the year to improve her ball striking and course management,” Kocab said. “She has led the team in scoring for the past two years and continues to improve both her short game and driving accuracy. She is also a member of the Cuyahoga Heights band flag corps.”

Morrow, a senior, is a three-year letter winner. She finished the CVC tournament with a 132.

“She has the knowledge and experience to mentor our younger squad members,” Kocab said. “As her senior class president, she balances her time between school, sports and work and is an outstanding example of taking advantage of the opportunities available to our students at Cuyahoga Heights.”

Kara Jenonosky also scored for the Redskins on Monday as she finished the tournament with a 132.

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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