LAFAYETTE TWP. — Evan Schreck couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the summer golf season.
With high school competition opening in less than a week, the Medina sophomore won the 14-15 age group in a one-hole playoff at the Southwest Junior Golf Tour’s Founders Cup Monday at Medina Country Club.
After sitting around and waiting for the rest of the field to turn in scorecards, Schreck had to pick up where he left off after posting a 4-over-par 76 and play a sudden-death playoff against North Royalton’s Jason Garnet.
“A little bit, but you’re almost ready,” Schreck said of the effects of the wait. “You’re excited and the momentum just hits you.
“I was walking (to the clubhouse) thinking that I had it, but they said someone came in with a 76. Usually it’s a scorecard playoff, but then they told me I was going out to No. 1 and I was pretty excited.”
As a big gallery of golfers from the other age divisions watched, Schreck shot par on the first-hole at Medina Country Club’s Blue Course to edge Garnet by a stroke.
“I was walking into it a little nervous, but that’s natural,” Schreck said. “I stepped up to the tee box and hit a nice shot, so I walked to the next shot knowing that I just had to get up and down and try and make a par.”
Brunswick’s Tim Monroe finished third overall after carding a 77, which included a birdie on No. 17, while Sam Thies of Medina was fifth at 81. Justin Roth (Brunswick, 83, 7th) and Sean Gordon (Medina, 85, 8th) rounded out the countians in the top 10.
In the battle for the 16-18 crown, it was a case of a little revenge for Medina graduate Austin Schreiber.
The former Bee standout, who will continue his playing career at Ashland University this fall, lost last summer’s Founders Cup to Medina’s Patrick Luth in a one-hole playoff.
On Monday, Schreiber rallied back from a four-stroke deficit to win by a shot over Brunswick resident Nick Schley with a 4-over 76. Luth didn’t take part in the event.
“It feels good to come back after last year,” said Schreiber, who had two birdies. “Pat’s a good player and it was real run last year, but it feels even better to win.”
But would he had rather taken on Luth?
“I said ‘Pat, you don’t have to show up man.’” Schreiber joked. “I don’t know what he was doing today. I thought he would show up, but it’s alright.”
Schley still secured the SWGT’s Player of the Year honor in the division. The Padua junior fired an impressive 35 on the front-nine.
A trio of county golfers –– Howie Gross of Brunswick, Mark Komives of Medina and Jake Perdok of Hinckley Township –– all shot 88s to place in a tie for 10th overall.
Hinckley’s Chad Dubiel, who was runner-up last season at the Founders Cup, placed third overall Monday in the 12-13 age division with an 89. Hudson’s Owen Miklos was medalist with an 80.
Medina’s Tyler Grabowski placed fourth after a round of 90, which was just enough to edge Strongsville’s Ben Jones for POY accolades in the 12-13 division. Grabowski had a 30-point lead heading into the Founders Cup and gained an additional 80 points for his finish, while Jones was second overall and added 100 to his total.
Sharon Township’s Chloe McKinzie shot an impressive 7-over 79 to take third in the 13-15 girls bracket, followed by Hinckley’s Madison Butler (83) and Alicia Porvasnik (84). McKinzie was just five strokes off the pace set by champion Shelby Lewis of Copley.
Medina’s Allie Snyder was the top county finisher in the 16-18 group, recording a pair of birdies en route to an 89 and third-place showing. Ali Jakubecz of Strongsville won with a 73.
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