Varsity golf riding hot streak to the postseason

by Owen Miklos ‘16

After one of the most grueling tryout processes the St. Ignatius golf program has ever seen, the top six golfers to emerge were not only expected to dominate locally, but to contend come mid-October at the Scarlet course at Ohio State.

Led by varsity veterans Kevin Duncan ’15 and Harrison Vonderau ’16, second-year returners Owen Miklos ’16 and Zach Morris ’16, and new varsity members Geoff Allman ’16 and Kyle McCafferty ’16, the team got of f to a respectable star t in the first few weeks of August before really hitting their stride. The team won five tournaments in a row, including a 301 at Tannehauf, a season-best 299 at Windmill Lakes, and a 302 at Brookledge during a six-and-a-half hour round plagued by two rain delays.

The Wildcats were able to show they would be state contenders at the Kiley Cup in early September, when they beat the state-favorites Dublin Jerome by three shots to come in second place behind Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller. The Wildcats’ 628 two-day total was led by Geoff Allman with back-to-back 76’s.

Thus far, the Wildcats have shown that they are capable of going low. With each of the top 5 players averaging under 78, these boys are going to be making a run worth watching for the state title.