The Varsity Golf team went into Sunday and Monday's final rounds of the GCL Championship with a 13 stroke lead and in very good position to reclaim the trophy after losing it last season. The first 36 holes of the GCL Championship are always split up into four different 9 hole sessions at Clovernook CC, Western Hills CC, Hyde Park GCC, and Kenwood CC. The final 36 holes are played in Middletown, OH at Weatherwax GC with the final 72 hole tally crowning a champion. St. Xavier shot a team total of 594 thru the first 36 holes with Moeller in 2nd place at 607. LaSalle was third at 625 with Elder rounding out the four schools at 634.
Weatherwax Golf Course is the home to the two 18 hole rounds to close out the Championship as the teams played the Woodside to Highlands course both days. The Bombers played average on Sunday in windy conditions posting a total team score of 318 while Moeller cut into the 13 stroke lead by two strokes with a 316 total on Sunday. LaSalle turned in a 321 total to stay in 3rd place overall while Elder shot a team total of 329. The Bombers were led by sophomore Michael Prebles who shot a 78 followed by senior Kirran Magowan with a 79. Sophomore Cameron Frazier kept his player of the year hopes alive by firing an 80 to keep him just behind Moeller's Jake Fox heading to the final round. Junior Zachary Pavlin shot 81 with senior Domenic Maricocchi shooting 83 and sophomore Parker Getgey with an 84.
St. Xavier knew that the Crusaders had the potential of shooting a low team total on Monday to come from behind and repeat as GCL Champions but the Bombers came out hot. Junior Joe McCarthy got the start in place of Getgey in the 6th spot for St. Xavier and he did not disappoint. McCarthy fired a 37 on the front 9 en route to a 74 which gave him medalist honors for the day. McCarthy's strong play was backed up by his teammates all day as Magowan and Frazier both shot 75, D. Maricocchi shot 78, Pavlin shot a 79 and Prebles shot an 81. The Bombers' Monday team total was a scorching 302 while LaSalle finished with a 315, Moeller with a 319 and Elder with a 322. With Moeller's 319, St. Xavier finished 1st place by 28 shots to win the GCL Title. The Bombers finished with a 72 hole total of 1214 with Moeller finishing in 2nd at 1242. LaSalle finished in 3rd place at 1261 with Elder in 4th place at 1285.
St. Xavier played 11 different players over the 6 different events which meant some players did not meet the 54 hole requirement to be considered to be on the All GCL Teams. Sophomore Cameron Frazier won GCL Player of the Year Honors with a 37.67 nine hole scoring average. sophomore Michael Prebles (38.63 avg) and Junior Zachary Pavlin (39 avg) earned 1st Team All GCL Honors while senior Domenic Maricocchi (39.38 avg) earned 2nd Team All GCL Honors.
The Bombers will play Moeller tomorrow in a non-league head to head matchup at Kenwood CC and will also send three squads to three different tournaments on Saturday in Louisville, Toledo and Columbus.
OHSAA Tournament play will begin for the Bombers on Thursday, October 8th with Sectionals at Miami Whitewater GC. The Bombers will look to qualify for the District Tournament at Weatherwax on October 15th with hopes of qualifying for the State Tournament in Columbus on October 23rd and 24th. St. Xavier finished in 8th place last year at the State Tournament.