St. Thomas Aquinas wins Rover Invitational, Southeast second

By Susan Jenior | Correspondent Published:

The annual Rover Golf Invitational featured 18 teams from Northeast Ohio filling the fairways of the Kent State University Golf Course.

A new champion emerged as St. Thomas Aquinas won the championship with a final score of 309 over the runner-up Southeast Pirates, who carded a final 324, inching out Ravenna's 328 and Woodridge's 329.

A scorecard playoff determined the medalists of the match. Thanks to a birdie on the first handicap hole, that is hole 9 at KSU, Ben

Cockerham of Ellet earned the first-place medal after firing a 70 as Dan Mosher of St. Thomas Aquinas, also carding a 70, finished in second place.

Top five included Danny Jones of Crestwood carding a 71, Alex Miday of St. Thomas a 73 and Cody Tuttle of Southeast a 76.

While the Knights of St. Thomas never left a doubt that they were the champions, it was still satisfying as the Knights have gone home the bridesmaid several times in this tournament.

Taking home the runner-up trophy, the Pirates proved they are a balanced team. Tuttle's 76 was helped by three scores in the 80s: Joey Kainrad 82, Ben Wright 81, and Aaron Bergman 85.

Ravenna's Morgan McIntire found the Kent State course just right for his game during the 18-hole tournament.

McIntire led the Ravens with a 79, followed by Ryan McBride's 80 that helped give the Ravens third place as a team leading up to their own tournament at Windmill this Thursday.

Woodridge, defending champion of the PTC County Division, stayed steady for a close fourth place as Andrew Syx topped his Bulldogs with a round of 79.

The Field Falcons have been steadily improving the last few years and this season moved into fifth place at the 18-team tournament thanks to a total team effort that left no player a star but all with a solid round. Brady Adelman's 82, Jake Curtiss' 83 and C.J. Bolton's 84 were the best for the Falcons.

The host Rovers jumped into seventh place thanks to Alex Kitakis' 84, but the Rovers had a solid back nine as a team that helped their overall effort.

The Rovers inched out Mogadore for the 18-hole tournament by one stroke and won a PTC County Division match on the back nine by two strokes during the event.

For the Wildcats, Brandon Hall fired an 80.

Jacob Flarida was again the best for the Waterloo Vikings, carding a 78 for coach Matthew Flanagan in the Vikings' return to competition after one year without the school-sponsored sport.

Others leading their team included Scott Everett of Garfield (86) and Ben Knight of Windham (92).

Keith Waesch, tournament director, thanked all the coaches and players for participating and awarded the trophies and medals to the champions.

The tournament team scoring record for the Rover Invitational is held by Rootstown, which fired a team total of 293 in 2007 on its way to winning the PTC County Division championship.

The individual record is held by Nathan Tarter of Mogadore, also in 2007, when he carded a final score of 66.

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