Eastwood’s Graber leads four lettermen on the links

By: 
J. Patrick Eaken

After finishing second in the Northern Buckeye Conference last year, the Eastwood boys golf team returns four letter winners.
They include two-year letter winner senior Adam Graber, juniors Zach Buehler and Ethan Edelbrock and sophomore Tristan Schuerman.
Last year, Graber, Buehler and Schuerman were honorable mention all-league. Last year in league play, Graber 46.9 strokes per nine holes, Buehler 48.4 and Schuerman 47.9.
Coach Mike Gardner, in his 49th season at the helm, says sophomores Trent Marten and Quinten Farmer and junior Lucas Gallaher “are battling for the fifth and sixth positions at this time.”
Others who could contribute include junior Ethan Patchett and sophomore Austin Shiffler.
Gardner said, “Actually we hope to be in the upper half of the league, but that won’t be easy. It is too early to tell for sure but Woodmore has proven they are excellent this year, led by Danny Greenhill, who shot 69 in the first tournament at Green Hills.
“Our players are eager to learn and improve their golf games. They also use outstanding etiquette at all times, which is very important,” Gardner continued.
Eastwood graduated senior Josh Hahn, who shot 42-37—79 at the Division II district meet at Sycamore Springs Golf Course, just two strokes short of qualifying for state. Hahn averaged 43 for nine holes in league play last year.
At the league meet held at Green Hills Golf Course in Clyde last year, Eastwood shot 362 to finish behind eventual state qualifier Genoa (318). In the league point standings, Genoa outscored Eastwood 48-40.
Eastwood girls coach John Cavendish, who played high school golf for Gardner, is in his 20th season and has had considerable success.
In 2009, Alyssa Shimel won a state championship and went on to golf at the University of Michigan, playing four years. Currently, Jenne Venier is golfing at Lourdes University, Leigh Snyder at Lake Superior State and Erica Brooks at Ohio Northern University.
Last year, the Eagles finished fourth by one stroke in the NBC meet and Cavendish says “we hope to make a charge at the end of the season to do better than that.”
In the league point standings, the Eagles were third at 35, finishing behind Otsego (48) and Rossford (39). The Knights were paced by Golfer of the Year Olivia Jackson, who averaged 41.8 strokes, works at Crosswinds Golf Course in Perrysburg Township and is playing collegiately this year.
The Eagles have three returning letter winners in Emma Finley, Mariah Hahn and Reegan Sheets. Last year in league play, Sheets averaged 54.3 strokes per nine holes and was second team All-NBC.
“Reegan is on the injured reserve list right now, but she is recovering and practicing well.  She is more like a caged animal wanting to play to be truthful, hopefully she will help in that charge at the end of the season,” Cavendish said.
“I have a roster of eight ladies this year who I feel will all contribute to the team in a positive way. Hannah Lang, Mallory Kramer, Kailin Wargo and Ella Speck are all hard workers and will be a great asset to the team. They are young players and will be very competitive for a few years to come.  
“A couple players have really improved over the summer from what I've seen since practice started. Evelynn (Evie) Hall has been striping it down the middle. Mariah Hahn has been busy improving her game in a number of junior tournaments over the summer,” Cavendish continued.
“Also, I am looking to my two seniors, Emma Finley and Reegan Sheets and junior Hannah Lang for leadership in shaping a young team. Lastly, in this crazy year, I just pray we all stay safe and healthy and as coaches we can at least show our seniors as normal a season as possible.”
 

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