July 24, 2016

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Golf: Bucks nab title at Forest Hills

ELYRIA — The Bucks may not stop here.

Senior Jeff Haddad shot a 5­over-par 75 Wednesday to lead the Buckeye boys golf team to an Elyria Division II Sectional title at Forest Hills Golf Course.

Jeff Haddad of Buckeye fires a 75 to lead the Bucks to the Elyria Division II Sectional title. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY CHUCK HUMEL)

Jeff Haddad of Buckeye fires a 75 to lead the Bucks to the Elyria Division II Sectional title. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY CHUCK HUMEL)

Buckeye shot 315 to qualify for the Ravenna District at Windmill Lakes on Tuesday, while Black River’s Mat Stuart carded a 77 to advance as an individual.

“Honestly, this year they had a lot more fun than usual,” Bucks coach Mark Haddad said. “They played so much better they didn’t want to get off the course. They’ve been a solid, consistent team all year, so I wasn’t sur­prised by their rounds today.”

Stuart was medalist in last year’s sectional with a 78, but did not qualify for state with his 83 at districts.

“I had a horrible start,” said Stuart, who had a 42 on the front nine before rallying for an even ­par 35 on the back. “I just could­n’t get off the tee. I didn’t have a good drive until the eighth hole, but then I settled down and started hitting the ball.”

Stuart birdied the 13th and 18th holes, sinking a 20-foot putt to cap his round and help the Pirates finish seventh with a team score of 347.

“I putted pretty well overall,” he said of his 29 putts.

Jeff Haddad, the son of Buck­eye’s coach, shot 37-38 for his 75, tying his best round of the sea­son. Last year he qualified for dis­tricts with a 79, but ballooned to an 86 and didn’t reach the state tourney.

He had only one birdie Wednesday, but it was a beauty. On the fourth hole, he used a 58­degree wedge from 100 yards out and placed the ball to within five feet of the pin.

Haddad also had a great putt of 30 feet for par on the first hole. He had 31 putts for the day. “All around I was pretty good today,” he said, “especially off the tees and on the greens.”

Having already unseated long­time Patriot Athletic Conference champion Lutheran West, which also was second to Buckeye on Wednesday, the Bucks are no strangers to Windmill Lakes, which will host districts.

“We played one tournament at Windmill Lakes earlier this year and finished fourth,” Mark Had­dad said. “We’re going again on Sunday for a practice round.”

Other top scorers for the Bucks were Tyler Bogus (78), Ryan Ackim (80) and Ken Keeler (82).

Jake Sas had an 86 for Black River and Jarrod Pierce added an 87.

Contact Jerry Rombach at sports@medina-gazette.com.