November 20, 2014

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Boys golf: Westlake captures Midview Invitational team title

Westlake's Patrick Steffen drives the ball during the Midview Invitational at Columbia Hills on Tuesday. He shot a 75 to help the Demons win the title. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Westlake’s Patrick Steffen drives the ball during the Midview Invitational at Columbia Hills on Tuesday. He shot a 75 to help the Demons win the title. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Westlake continues being one of the top area boys golf teams and a threat to go far in the post-season tournaments.

The Demons won their third big tournament of the still-young season by capturing the Midview Invitational Tuesday with a 309 score at Columbia Hills Country Club.

Because school classes have begun the golfers didn’t tee off until 2 p.m., and just barely beat a rain shower at 7:30 when they all came in. Earlier tournaments started at 8 a.m.

Earlier in the season opener Westlake won the North Olmsted Invitational at Springvale Golf Club with a 301 score and later took the Ranger Invitational at Avon Oaks Country Club with 330.

The Demons were led by tourney medalist Jules Blakely’s two-over-par 73 while two teammates also shot in the 70s, Pat Steffen at 75 and Nick Wilson at 79.

Blakely was actually tied for actual low score with Olmsted Falls’ Alex Torres at 73 but was awarded top prize in a tie breaker (lowest second nine score). Blakely had a 36 on the back nine and Torres 38.

Torres was medalist at 69 at the North Olmsted Invitational and runner up at 77 at the Ranger Invitational.

Blakely got a big boost of confidence when he sank a 25-foot putt for par on the third hole (his actual second competitive hole after starting on the second in the shot gun start).

“That really gave me a boost,” Blakely said. “My approach shots were really working today. On seven holes I had shots at birdies after approaches landed within 10 feet of the pin.

“My best was on the 18th hole, my second to last, when I used a 50-degree wedge from 110 yards out to within a foot and a half from the hole for a tap-in birdie.”

The sophomore had four birdies for the round in getting his lowest 18-hole competitive round score of the season.

Torres had three birdies for his 73, on the second, sixth and eighteenth holes.

“My chipping and putting were really good today,” he said. “I had only 25 putts which is my lowest of the year. As for chipping
I chipped in a 20 yarder for a birdie on the sixth. I liked my drives today also.”

Westlake coach Brendan Zepp was beaming after the tourney. “We played pretty well. And my top three guys have been really consistent this year so far.

Contact Jerry Rombach at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

Team scores: Westlake 309, Strongsville 321, North Olmsted 323, Avon 324, Olmsted Falls 329, Amherst 330, Rocky River 330, Avon Lake 336, Midview 342, Keystone 342, Buckeye 353, Elyria 356, North Ridgeville 374, Wellington 374, Firelands 375, Lake Ridge (incomplete score)

Low individual scores: Jules Blakely, Westlake 73, Alex Torres, Olmsted Falls 73, Jimmy Clark, North Olmsted 76, Josh Hodges, Strongsville 76, Pat Steffen, Westlake 75, Ryan Sikora, Avon 77,Brian Tucci, Rocky River 77, Nick Wilson, Westlake 79, Ryan Hudson, North Olmsted 79.

Local teams’ scores: Westlake (309) Pat Steffen 75, Nick Wilson 79, Jules Blakely 73, Ellis Langermeir 86, James Lazevnick 97, Jeremy Blaga 87; Avon (324), Ryan Sikora 77, Nick DiFilippo 86, Mike Raicevick 83, Matt Jones 80, Mike Collins 84, Andrew Golik 90; North Olmsted (323) Jimmy Clark 86, Tyler Lajko 84, Ryan Hudson 79, Ryan Hudson 79, Justin Hudson 84, Alex Roth 84, John Novak 86; Olmsted Falls (329) Alex Torres 73, Will Eyssen 87, Adam Skutt 80, Nathan Goldman 91, Sully Kilbane 97, Logan Bratsch 89; Amherst (330) Matt Nickoloff 88, Cory Habecker 81, Jake Humphrey 80, Adam Cook 81, Tay Gillam 88, Anthony Riccard 93; Avon Lake (336), A.J. Outcalt 82, Colin MacGeorge 80, Rudy Fink 86, Tommy Petrella 95, Nick Lamb 104, D.T. Sherman 88;Keystone (342) Jacob Bowers 82, Aaron Brodnik 81, Blake Benko 92, Trent Porter 100, Cory Wilson 88, Matt Bloch 114; Midview (342) Justin Quarm 81, Nick Matcham 89, Brett Ward 88, Aaron Mitchell 91, Adam Morris 84, Curtis Caithaml 97; Elyria (356) Dylan Edgell 95, Zack Demarco 89, Alex Gsizmadia 92, Zack Schuster 89, Nate Hensley 87, Antonio Blanton 91; Wellington (374) Kevin Scott 88, Andrew Fahlic 93, Zach Songer 112, Alex Fehlan, Bailey Mull 104, Jeremy Auspach 100; North Ridgeville (374) Tyler Gannon 88, Scott Millgard 88, Mikey Williams 93, Josh Bowden 109, Daulton Buttrey 105, Kyle Bowden 135; Firelands (375) Mitch Hildebrandt 86, Brandon Palmer 93, Evan Lacey 99, Trevor Damron 108, Connor Price 110, Colin Ransom 97; Lake Ridge (no team score) Nick Waters 114, Evan Filion 110, Quinn Sekreta 111.

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