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Cougars Looking For State Title Repeat

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 10/9/2013

A season ago, a young Crestview team shocked defending state champion Columbus Wellington by winning the program's first ever state championship in boys golf. The Cougars shot a consistent 323- 323 for a 2-day total of 626 to hold off the Jaguars by 5- strokes, behind solid play from 1st Team All-Ohioans Josh Brooks and Bryce Lutz, as well as 2nd Team All-Ohio player Ben Olewiler, who all return for Crestview this season.

In all, four of the five players that competed for the Cougars at state in 2012 are back to defend their championship on Friday and Saturday at Ohio State University's Scarlet Golf Course in Columbus. The team believes their returning experiencing will help them as they try for a repeat.

Junior Mike Staniford says the team knows "what to expect" when they tee it up this weekend, after being a bit in awe of the event early on last year. Staniford says "there's always pressure" when defending a state title, but believes the team is ready for the challenge.

Olewiler says the team definitely has the ability to repeat, it's just a matter of the team performing to their potential. He says the team is "peaking at the right time just before state" and that they are anxious to get on the course this weekend.

Although Crestview retuned most of it's 2012 championship team, Lutz and Brooks still feel as though they will be an under dog heading into the tournament.

Lutz says his group of guys is still relatively unknown around the state for golf and that finishing as runners-up to Ottawa Hills in districts was a reminder that there's a lot of good teams out there. Lutz added that he's been feeling the pressure of defending their title this week and probably wouldn't get much sleep Wednesday night before the team plays their practice round Thursday afternoon.

Brooks says he and the guys went into last season's state meet with an under dog mentality and it worked for them, so they'll look to do the same this year. Brooks says he is finally "getting right" after being involved in a car wreck that totaled his vehicle and that his play suffered for a while with knee and wrist injuries, but feels he's playing well again.

The only player travelling to the state meet that didn't play for Crestview in the event last year is sophomore Joe Stimpert. He says it's "a little intimidating" having a bunch of state champion's for teammates, but they've been helpful for the youngster throughout the season. Stimpert says he hopes to post a solid score to help his team this weekend and is confident he can do so after stepping up his game at the district tournament.

The Cougars will play their practice round on Thursday afternoon then compete against the 12-team field on Friday and Saturday.

   
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