The Sport of Kings

Boys Golf Links Together Successful Season in 2016


Photo Courtesy Pastor Photo

The West Geauga boys and girls golf teams closed their seasons in October at the sectional tournaments. Quail Hollow hosted the boys competition and Cortland, OH was the scene for the ladies. Like the sectional tournaments, both teams traveled far distances to meets throughout the season and were met with challenging opponents and first time successes.

The boys season began the first week in August with practices at Fowler’s Mill Golf Course. Once school was in session, the team practiced Monday through Thursday at their home course  in Chardon. Most of the time they travel away to matches and this year they competed in 12 dual meets and 4 tournaments. Many of the dual meets were versus other CVC teams like Orange at their home course, a country club.

The CVC Tournament itself took place at Windmill Lake Golf Course in Ravenna. At the CVC meet, the leaders of the team, sophomore Matt Gracon and senior Kevin Wright, earned honorable mention all – CVC. This was Matt’s second year on varsity and he had a best round of 37 for the season. Kevin closed out his third year on varsity with a best round of 40. Although no one qualified out to districts, the team had success in other ways.

One highlight from the season was their win versus Independence. During this last match of the season, it came down to the last two golfers, senior Jack Makee and junior Trent Fritzsche; they were able to outplay their opponents to seal the victory. To ensure more wins for future teams, coach, Mr. Jay Kletecka, is looking into the boys playing on a daily basis in the summer to shape more consistent golfers. He said, “We struggled to get 4 good golf scores every match, and that is what is counted to figure out the winning team in a dual match.”

“Coach K” said he hopes to get back to winning C.V.C. matches and qualifying more golfers to districts. He has been coaching for 8 years, so he has the experience and determination to help the boys do so.