Rockets, Golden Bear golfers looking to up the ante

J. Patrick Eaken

In Sandusky Bay Conference boys golf, both Oak Harbor and Gibsonburg are bringing back a host of players who have gotten valuable varsity experience last year.
        Oak Harbor eighth-year boys golf coach Rob Schimmoeller has five returning lettermen from a team that finished 3-9 overall and 1-9 in SBC Bay Division meets last year.
        They include seniors Jordan Millinger and Collin Ish, juniors Brennan Ish and Ryan Friar and sophomore Grant Belcher.
        Millinger, whose average score of 45 per nine holes led the team, was second team All-SBC and Belcher was second team All-Ottawa County last year. Schimmoeller expects Millinger and Collin Ish to battle for the No. 1 spot in the lineup this year.
        Schimmoeller says Friar and Belcher are his most improved, adding that “both have put in a lot of time over the summer.”
        The Rockets scored 382 to finish sixth out of seven teams at last year’s SBC Bay Division meet as now graduated Alex Millinger led the way, shooting 45-48—93 and Jordan Millinger followed at 44-51—95. Belcher shot 50-47—97 and Ish scored 45-55—100.
        The Oak Harbor coach believes his team’s situation in league competition could improve this year thanks to his golfers being more experienced and a change within divisions.
        “With Vermilion moving to the Lake Division of the SBC I would expect to finish in the top three of our division,” Schimmoeller said. “Margaretta returns a state qualifier (Carson Kennedy) and Port Clinton advanced to regionals as a team last year.
        “We should be very competitive as it is year in and year out. We have five players who should have averages in the 40s so depth is our strength. We likely won't have an average in the 30s so we will need to be consistent to win.”
        In the SBC River Division, fifth-year coach Kirk Katafias has three returning lettermen — seniors Mitchel Delventhal and Jason Hasselbach and junior Nick Tornow.
        Delventhal was an honorable mention league selection last year, but finished as runner-up in the league tournament, shooting a 48-40—86. The team scored 395 to finish seventh out of eight teams. The Golden Bears were 4-13 overall and 3-11 in River Division matches last year.
        Also expected to contribute this year are junior Cole Witte, sophomore Jacob Hacker and freshman Gavyn Rapp.


The Press

The Press
1550 Woodville Road
Millbury, OH 43447

(419) 836-2221

Email Us

Facebook Twitter

Ohio News Media Association