Warren JFK boys finish 8th

Staff report


The Warren JFK High boys golf team improved their score by 13 strokes on day two of the Division II state golf tournament at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State University.

Only problem was, so did all the other teams and the Eagles weren’t able to improve their standing on the leaderboard.

Saturday, Warren JFK took eighth place with a second round score of 337, but can go home happy after each of their five golfers improved their individual score.

“I was proud of our guys,” Eagles coach Jim St. George said. “This gave the guys a lot of good experience on a big stage and I was proud of the way they finished.”

Team ace Ryan Fowler placed seventh overall individually with matching 78s on each day.

Billy Phillips dropped three strokes off his first round score and posted an 88 on Saturday.

Daniel LaPolla and Ryan Theis each shot 88 in the second round after shooting in the 90s on Friday.

“When you’re playing some of the top-notch schools, it’s tough to crack that egg,” St. George said. “But shooting the sixth best score in the second round is a real accomplishment.

“Man did we make a nice move [Saturday].”

Ottawa Hills shot a 318 on the final day to win and knock off defending state champion Gahanna Columbus Academy, who finished in second.

Warren JFK will return four of five golfers from this year’s team — the fifth being Zach Shoaf who shot 91 Saturday. However they will be losing Phillips, who was a four-year varsity member.

“The crowds, the college coaches, the weather — which brought the great crowds — it was a really cool venue,” St. George said. “It was something I’m sure they’ll never forget.”

In the Division II tournament at NorthStar Golf Club in Sunbury, East Liverpool finished runner-up behind Dayton Oakwood who won for the second consecutive year. The Potters’ Blake Prince shot the tournament’s low round of even-par 72.

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