June 28, 2016

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Yeo takes golf game to the next level

HINCKLEY TWP. — Sometimes you’re good, and other times you’re beyond it.

Litchfield Township resident and Keystone boys golfer Bryan Yeo was great Monday at the Brunswick Tee-Off Classic as he took medalist honors with a blistering 2-under-par 70 at Pine Hills Golf Club.

The score gave him a whopping six-stroke victory over the other 89 players.

“It feels really good, actually,” said Yeo, who fired a stellar 33 on the front 9. “I’ve been right there in a couple tournaments, but all of them, it was a stroke or two here and there and I fell short.

“I’ve been scoring well, but have been hitting the ball great. Today was a solid day. I hit the ball really well.”

Yeo was feeling it most of the day, as he started on No. 6. After getting through the much tougher back side of the course at 1-over, Yeo finished strong with his top-notch short game.

“I had a lot of one-putts and off the tee was great,” Yeo said as his teammates playfully asked for an autograph. “I think I missed one fairway all day.”

Team-wise, Highland continued its run of outstanding play with a 327 to finish second. The score was well behind Chardon’s 316, but the Hornets are starting to get a swagger after winning the North Royalton Invitational on Friday.

In four tournaments this season, Highland has two thirds, a first and now a second.

“I’m happy with second,” said senior Paul Steffas, who tied for fifth individually with a 78. “I’m glad we improved a lot.”

Steffas paced the Hornets for the second consecutive event, but it was the depth that put them over the top as Brennan Brooker and Cody Lyon each carded 81s, while Steve Schniegenberg continued to be a solid No. 5 man with an 86.

While Highland has yet to square off with the elite teams in Northeast Ohio, they’re starting to gain some momentum for what should be an interesting Suburban League race.

“I think this year our team is going to do great,” Lyon said. “It’s going to be the best year of my high school year, so I’m excited.

“We could have played a lot better as a team, but we did great regardless.”

Behind five scores that ranged from 84-88, Wadsworth beat out Cuyahoga Falls for seventh place in the 18-team field. Nate Moskowitz led the Grizzlies with an 84, while Tre Palecek took an 85.

The team’s steadiness is a good thing to have. However, first-year coach Greg Pickard is looking for more from his veteran squad.

“Honestly, I was hoping for better scores, but this is our second tournament,” Pickard said. “I think this course is a little more difficult, but it’s a good starting point. There’s a lot of good competition at this tournament and we got to see where we stand.”

Overall, host Brunswick had a disappointing day with a 344 that gave the Blue Devils ninth place. There was a big bright spot, though, in sophomore Joey Bachman, who tied for third overall with a 78.

“It feels good,” said Bachman, who had one of the best back 9 splits of the day with a 38. “I’m really happy and my dad, Russ, has been teaching everything I know here. … My putting overall was really working out for me today.”

Coming off a decent opening week to the season, Cloverleaf (16th, 375) and Buckeye (17th, 381) both took a step back. Senior Sean Brown led the Colts with an 87, while junior Jeff Haddad was low man for the Bucks with an 84.

Prep results

HINCKLEY TWP. — Results Monday from the 18-team Brunswick Tee-Off Classic at par-72 Pine Hills Golf Club:
Team standings: 1. Chardon 316, 2. Highland 327, 3. Mentor 328, 4. Willoughby South 334, 5. Solon 339, 6. Grafton Midview 339, 7. Wadsworth 342, 8. Cuyahoga Falls 342, 9. Brunswick 344, 10. Massillon Perry 346, 11. Wooster 352, 12. Parma Padua 363, 13. Keystone 365, 14. Mansfield Madison 371, 15. Lakewood 371, 16. Cloverleaf 375, 17. Buckeye 381, 18. Lorain Southview 394.

Highland (327)
Paul Steffas: 38-41-79
Brennan Brooker: 40-41-81
Cody Lyon: 40-41-81
Steve Schniegenberg: 44-42-86
Ryan Zawada: 50-48-98

Wadsworth (342)
Nate Moskowitz: 40-44-84
Tre Palecek: 43-42-85
Clay Fernholz: 41-45-86
Josh Harsh: 44-43-87
Danny Arch: 41-47-88

Brunswick (344)
Joey Bachman: 40-38-78
Matt Dunning: 42-44-86
Blake Carpenter: 44-42-86
Josh Perdok: 48-46-94
John Anzo: 48-58-106

Cloverleaf (375)
Sean Brown: 37-50-87
Nate Butt: 50-44-94
Joe Conley: 46-50-96
Jamey Schiesswohl: 46-52-98
Sam Illig: 53-50-103

Buckeye (381)
Jeff Haddad: 40-44-84
Ken Keeler: 43-47-90
Matt Millward: 48-55-103
Tyler Bogus: 53-51-104
Rob Hagmeier: 55-51-104

Medalist: Bryan Yeo (K) 33-37-70. Birdies: Brooker (H) 3, Steffas (H) 3, Bachman (Bru) 2, Brown (C) 2, Harsh (W) 2, Moskowitz (W) 2, Fernholz (W).

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@ohio.net.

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Albert Grindle is a sportswriter for the Gazette. He can be reached at 330-721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.