Defending State Champs Bombers Golf Chase New Titles

Photo courtesy Community Press

Photo courtesy Community Press

By Adam Turer,

Cincinnati swept the 2016 boys golf state tournament.

But St. Xavier, McNicholas, and Seven Hills understand that this is a brand new year. Rather than defending a title, new groups of teammates will be chasing championships of their own.

The Bombers have won the past two Division I state championships, upping the program’s total to five. The success is something coach Alex Kepley does not take for granted.

“We have been very fortunate the past two seasons to have had great players who all played well together as a team when they needed to,” said Kepley. “Even with a great team, getting to the top is a wonderful yet very rare experience. So our approach continues to be one day at a time and to never overlook another team’s capabilities.”

Seven of the team’s top 10 golfers from last season are back, led by Wisconsin commit Cameron Frazier and Xavier commit Michael Prebles. Fellow seniors George Mitchell, Parket Getgey, and Nate Voytek, and junior Oscar Zimmerman will make the Bombers favorites to return to state in 2017.

“The last two years we have been a younger team where only two seniors played each year on the state championship teams,” said Kepley. “This year, those younger guys are now finally all seniors. We will have a lot of intrasquad competition to determine who will be our final five.”