New Records Broken in GCL South Golf Championship

  Picture labeled ALL GCL 1st TEAM:  Junior Oscar Zimmerman (St. X), Senior Garrett Madden (St. X), Senior Cameron Frazier (St. X), Junior Jack Wertz (Elder), Junior Lucas Palicki (Elder)   NOT PICTURED:  Senior Michael Prebles (St. X)

Picture labeled ALL GCL 1st TEAM: Junior Oscar Zimmerman (St. X), Senior Garrett Madden (St. X), Senior Cameron Frazier (St. X), Junior Jack Wertz (Elder), Junior Lucas Palicki (Elder)

NOT PICTURED: Senior Michael Prebles (St. X)

  Picture labeled ALL GCL 2nd TEAM:  Junior Evan DiSanto (Elder), Junior Jack Baker (Elder), Senior George Mitchell (St. X), Senior Ben Witzgall (LaSalle), Senior Guillermo Villa (Moeller), Freshman Thomas Henderson (Moeller)

Picture labeled ALL GCL 2nd TEAM: Junior Evan DiSanto (Elder), Junior Jack Baker (Elder), Senior George Mitchell (St. X), Senior Ben Witzgall (LaSalle), Senior Guillermo Villa (Moeller), Freshman Thomas Henderson (Moeller)

The 2017 GCL South Golf Title was claimed by the St. Xavier Bombers on Monday as they posted a GCL Scoring Record of 1,160 strokes over 72 holes of play.  The previous record of 1,182 strokes was held by the 2003 Moeller Crusaders.  The GCL South Champion has gone on to have some great success in the OHSAA State Tournament as the past three have won the OHSAA Division I State Title with Moeller winning both in 2014 and St. Xavier claiming both in 2015 and 2016.

The GCL South Golf Championship is played out over 72 holes that extends over a month’s time.  Each school hosts a 9-hole round at country clubs around the city.  The final 36 holes were played over two 18 hole rounds on Sunday at Sharon Woods GC and Monday at Glenview GC.

LaSalle hosted the first 9-hole quad at Clovernook CC on the par 35 front nine on August 24 where St. Xavier shot a team total of 143 led by junior Oscar Zimmerman’s 34 to take a 12 shot lead on Elder who shot a 155 led by junior Evan DiSanto’s 35.  Moeller finished with a 166 led by freshman Thomas Henderson’s 39 while LaSalle finished with a total of 174 led by senior Matt Witzgall’s 37.

The second 9-hole quad was hosted by Elder at Western Hills CC front nine (par 35) on August 29 where St. Xavier shot a school record and GCL record 9-hole score of 135 led by senior Cameron Frazier’s four under par round of 31.  Elder finished with a total of 139 led by junior Jack Wertz’s three under par round of 32.  The Crusaders finished with a team total of 147 led by Henderson’s 34.  LaSalle finished at 176 led by Witzgall’s 40.

The third 9-hole quad was hosted by St. Xavier at Hyde Park GCC on the par 36 front nine on September 5.  The Bombers extended their GCL lead by shooting a team total of 143 led by Zimmerman’s round of one under, 34.  The Panthers shot a team total of 158 led by junior Lewis Palicki’s even par, 36.  Moeller shot a team total of 163 led by senior Guillermo Villa’s one over par, 37, while the Lancers finished with 176 led by Witzgall’s round of 41.

The last 9-hole quad was hosted on September 20 by Moeller at Kenwood CC on Kenview’s par 35 front nine.  St. Xavier shot a team total of 149 ahead of Elder’s team total of 158.  The Bombers were led by Frazier’s round of 36 while the Panthers were led by Wertz who shot a round of 38.  Moeller finished with a total of 165 ahead of LaSalle’s team total of 185.  The Crusaders were led by sophomore Michael Currin’s round of 39 while the Lancers were led by Witzgall once again with a 45.

After the first 36 holes, St. Xavier led the GCL South Championship with a total of 570.  Elder was in 2nd place with a total 610 followed by Moeller at 641 and LaSalle at 711.

The final 36 holes are held with two 18 hole rounds on back to back days.  This year, the first 18 hole round was held on Sunday, September 24 at Sharon Woods GC with par of 72.  Once again, the Bombers led all teams with a total of 292 led by Frazier’s round of four under par, 68.  Elder shot a solid 298 team total led by junior Jack Baker’s even par round of 72.  Moeller finished with a total of 313 led by Henderson’s three over par round of 75.  LaSalle posted a team total of 347 led by Witzgall’s four over par round of 76.

The final 18 holes were held on Monday, September 25 at Glenview GC on the South and East courses for par 36.  Elder won the day with a team total of 294 to finish GCL play with 1,202 strokes.  They were led on the day by Wertz’s two under round of 70 and Palicki’s one under round of 71.  St. Xavier finished with a 298 to seal the overall championship as they were led by senior Garrett Madden and Zimmerman who each fired a two over par round of 74.  Moeller turned in a team total of 320 on Monday for a GCL total of 1,274 strokes to finish in 3rd place overall.  They were led on the day by Villa’s round of 79.  LaSalle shot a team total of 358 to finish with 1,416 strokes over 72 holes to round out the GCL South standings.  The Lancers were led by Witzgall’s round of 82 at Glenview.

The 2017 GCL South Player of the Year honors went to St. Xavier’s Oscar Zimmerman who held a 9-hole average of 35.63.  The 2017 GCL South Coach of the Year honors went to St. Xavier Head Coach Alex Kepley.

The 2017 GCL South Player of the Year honors went to St. Xavier’s Oscar Zimmerman who held a 9-hole average of 35.63.  The 2017 GCL South Coach of the Year honors went to St. Xavier Head Coach Alex Kepley.

The All GCL Second Team included Elder’s Jack Baker (38.75 avg), Elder’s Evan DiSanto (39.25 avg), Moeller’s Thomas Henderson (39.38 avg), St. Xavier’s George Mitchell (39.50 avg), Moeller’s Guillermo Villa (39.50 avg) and LaSalle’s Matt Witzgall (40.13 avg.).

(TO BE CONSIDERED FOR 1ST TEAM OR 2ND TEAM A STUDENT ATHLETE HAD TO PLAY 54 OF THE 72 HOLES)

All teams will participate in the OHSAA Division I Sectional Tournament on Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4.  Elder, LaSalle and St. Xavier will play on Wednesday in the West Sectional at Miami Whitewater GC while Moeller will compete on Tuesday in the East Sectional held at Sharon Woods GC.  All four teams look to advance to the OHSAA Division I District Tournament which is held at Glenview GC this year on Wednesday, October 11 with the top 3 teams advancing to the OHSAA Division I State Tournament in Columbus.