July 1, 2016

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Furlong wins again

AURORA — Medina’s John Furlong proved Wednesday winning can be twice as sweet.

The former Bees standout and current Ashland University golfer won his second straight Kenny Novak Championship at Aurora’s Walden Country Club.

Furlong, who helped Medina High to the state tournament in 2006, took the two-day event’s 16-19 age group with a 6-over-par 150, two shots better than Rocky River’s Andrew Bailey.

Furlong matched his first-round total of 75 with back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes. He then held off Bailey, who played the back nine even, to take the title.

There was plenty of green and white flavor in the top 10 as well. Current Bee Ryan Rao finished tied for seventh at 14-over and Tiffin University linkster Andy Kronander was one shot behind in ninth place.

Litchfield’s Brian Yeo was 12th at 18-over.

Medina’s Spencer Koch took second in the 12-and-under division. The brother of reigning All-Gazette choice Josh Koch fired a 15-over 87. Barberton’s Chase Johnson won the division with a very impressive 70.

The boys 13-15 age group saw a pair of Medina residents participate. Austin Schreiber was 14th after firing an 85 and Michael Bishop was tied for 17th after an 87. 

In the girls 16-19 group, reigning Gazette MVP Tegan Skirpstas of Medina was 15th after carding a 93-97-180. Silver Lake’s Erin Misheff won the division with a 156.