It isn’t often the Kirtland golf team finds itself on a two-match losing streak but that was the situation the Hornets opened the week with after losing to Independence and Cardinal last week.
The team refocused and pulled out a 163-171 win over Chagrin Valley Conference rival Berkshire on Monday.
“I told the kids after the match, ‘We spent a lot of time being disappointed last week about close matches and matches we wished were different. Let’s spend some time this week celebrating a comeback win against a tough team,’” said Kirtland coach Greg Cosimi. “We came back and beat Berkshire. That’s a positive for us.”
Kirtland’s Michael Schnur and Berkshire’s Sam Fisher both shot 38 to share medalist honors. Brian Beres and Adam Mueller both carded a 41 and Jack Dever shot 43 for the Hornets.
“I think the play of our freshmen is really starting to help us,” Cosimi said. “Adam is having a great season as a freshman, and then Jack has already scored in two huge matches and then Brian and Michael really led our team today. Everything went right. I couldn’t be happier.”
The win, Cosimi hopes, will get the Hornets back on track for the rest of the season.
“This is indicative of something that could have us playing well in the post-season,” Cosimi said. “We still care about, I know it will be very rough, we have to win out and have some weird things happen, but we still care about our finish in the league. We’re taking one match at a time and we’re trying our best every time. That’s really something I can say for my kids is that even when things aren’t going well they try to fight through it and they try to play pretty good golf and they’re doing a good job.”
Kirtland travels to Madison Country Club on Tuesday to play Perry.
“That will be a great test,” Cosimi said. “It’s a difficult golf course that’s long and Perry is a really good team. Later this week we have probably one of our toughest matches of the year against Orange. It’s nice to have some different opponents to play and we’re looking forward to it.”