Gose leads BW at County Cup; Orange takes team title
One bad day doesn’t define a career … or even a season.
That’s what Olentangy Orange coach Mark Corica said after seeing his team win last Thursday’s Delaware County Bank Cup at Glenross — a performance coming on the heels of one of the worst put together by the Pioneers all season.
“Of the six teams here, we were the only one without a district qualifier,” Corica said. “We didn’t play well at sectionals Tuesday in Granville, but today we shot a 295 — a score that was easily a new school record. I guess that just goes to show you never give up because you never know what is going to happen.
“One bad day doesn’t ruin a career,” he added. “That said, I went with virtually the same guys as I did in Granville, and it worked out.”
Austin Wallace led the way, finishing with a school-record two-under-par 68 over the 6,500-yard par-70 Glenross course to secure medalist honors.
“The weather was much better than Tuesday’s, we were at a different course and this was the last match of his career,” Corica said, “so he had an entirely different mental outlook than he did earlier in the week. He chipped and putted much better and kept the ball in play … and it’s a lot easier to score when you keep the ball in play.”
Other Pioneer scorers included Luke Buchy, who finished with a 74; Ben Kunz, who closed with a 75; and John McHale, who finished with a 78. Buchy’s score was the fourth-lowest among individuals and Kunz’s was tied for the fifth-lowest to give orange three of the top six scorers in action.
As for the rest of the field, Olentangy Liberty secured runner-up recognition with a 302, Big Walnut was third with a 305, Olentangy finished fourth with a 315, Delaware Hayes was fifth with a combined 333 and Buckeye Valley completed the scoring with a 339.
The Patriots were powered by Cameron McCloskey, who finished with a 71. Max Helgreen (75), Grady King (78) and George Dunlap (78) also chipped in.
Kyle Gose led the Golden Eagles with a two-over par 72 — the third-lowest score among individuals. Other BW scorers included T.J. Cowans, who finished with a 76; Kyle Bash, who fired a 78; and Chad Little, who had a 79. Also seeing action were Ryan Cunningham, who posted an 82, and Evan Cannell, who recorded an 85.
Big Walnut, which returns four sophomores in Gose, Bash, Cunningham and Little, finished the season with a record of 128–90.
The Braves were paced by Nick Morrison’s 76 while Dylan Ahonen (79), Evan Wilson (82) and Donal Baker (82) also contributed on the scorecard.
The Pacers, who shot their lowest round of the season, was paced by Kyle Gabbert, who finished with an 18-hole score of 78. Other scorers included Grant Godfrey, who finished with an 80; Cole Haferman, who finished with an 86; and the duo of Cody Ross and Jordan Lanham, who had 88s.
Buckeye Valley, led by Clay Walter’s 76, rounded out the scoring. Other Baron contributors included Adam Fridley, who fired an 83; Austin Doubikin, who had a 90; and Cameron Holcomb, who also had a 90.
The event was the 20th-annual installment of the showcase sponsored by the Delaware County Bank, which started in 1992 at Mill Creek.