FINAL RESULTS: 2014 Junior Portage County Am

Coreena Wise

Portage County Amateur Golf ChampionshipThe seventh playing of the Matt Mishler Junior Portage County Amateur had everything to make a golf tournament exciting: a sudden death playoff; a championship golfer who knew how to get out of trouble; 12 year old golfers earning their first championship and repeat champions coming back to move up a division and win again.


BOYS 16 TO 19


The day started out with a three-way tie between Chris Sloe of Aurora (pictured above), Greenmen teammate Conor O’Callaghan and Michael Furey of Twinsburg. Each stared out with 74s after the first day of competition.

No one distanced themselves during the 18-holes of competition but the day did feature some outstanding shots.

Ultimate champion, Chris Sloe of Aurora, had several a solid, even-par round on his way to the won-stroke victory.

When he needed to save a hole, he did it with ingenuity and practiced shots.

Sloe, on the 11th hole, a Par 3, struck an uncharacteristic errant approach shot that bounced across the green and landed next to the tree.

The senior on the Greenmen, a right-handed golfer, found the shot impossible with a regular stance so, he used a practiced shot that he just worked on this past weekend.

He used a left-handed approach, turned the club over and popped the ball right on the green.

It was those kinds of shots that kept Sloe even-par throughout the day to earn the one-stroke victory over Furey of Twinsburg who finished with a 74-73 147.

Sloe had the best 18-hole round of the tournament with his even-par effort.

Teammate Conor O’Callaghan fired a 74 to capture third place in the Boys 15 to 19.

Both Aurora winners will be seniors on the Greenmen this season under new head coach Dave Munson who was on the fairways to watch his team.


GIRLS 16 TO 19

Coreena Wise

While the boys in the oldest division were giving a clinic on how-to-play golf, the girls in the 16 to 19 age division spent 36 holes to finish tied.

Coreena Wise of Kent (pictured above) and Jocelyn Kohl of Kent had a two-day total of 190 to top Maria Aslanis of Hinckley, on the Medina Highland girls golf team, by two strokes.

Wise had been in third place in the division after a disappointing 103 the first day but came back at Oak Knolls to card an 87.

Meanwhile, Jocelyn Kohl of Kent was steady on the links, firing a 96 and improving two strokes on the second day with a 94 for an identical 190.

Out to the first hole the two went with coaches Kent coaches Larry Picicco, Shawn Bates and Eric Hughes following to capture the progress.

Coreena ultimately earned the championship trophy, carding a Par 5 on the first hole while Jocelyn Kohl finished with a 7.


BOYS 13 TO 15

In the Boys 12 and under age division in 2013, Joey Vitali ran away from the field to capture the championship.

This season, he found himself in unfamiliar territory, in a tie for third place after the first day’s score of 89.

But Tuesday brought a different approach and a solid game for Vitali of Warren as he fired an 81, the lowest in the boys 13 to 15 age division to win the championship with a final score of 170, ten strokes better than the rest of the field.

Vitali will be in the eighth grade this coming season ultimately playing for Warren Howland

In second place was Kyle Smith of Kent who struggled with a 91 on his second day while Floyd Radcliff leaped into third place with a final day round of 84 for a 181.

Radcliff competes on the Southeast Pirates varsity golf team and will be a sophomore this season.


GIRLS 13 TO 15

Abbie Pierce

Abbie Pierce (above) held onto her first day lead adding an 81 to her Windmill score of 81 for a final round of 163.

Chloe Wise of Kent, a sophomore on the Kent Roosevelt Lady Rough Riders team this coming season, improved on her first day score by seven-strokes to push into second place while Alex Mail of Kent jumped ahead of the other competitors with a 216 final score to earn the top three finish.



Charlie Huscroft

Charlie Huscroft of Kent (pictured above) and Gavin Markham of Kent battled it out in the youngest age division.

On the first day, Gavin led the 12 and under division after firing a 42. He added a 55 for a final score of 97 at Oak Knolls.

It was Huscroft who had the best round among his competitors, carding a 50 to help him earn the championship with a three-stroke cushion.



Lauren Garner

Coach Bryan Harvey, varsity leader of the Lady Rough Rider girls varsity team, has been working hard, holding a clinic on Sundays at Kent State University Golf Course to build his team for the future.

That effort seems to be paying off as Lauren Garner of Kent (pictured above) earned the championship with a final two-day score of 102 and the lowest nine-hole round of the day among the girls, a nice 49 that was seven strokes better than the next low nine-holes.

Katie Bice of Louisville, with strong ties to Rootstown thanks to her grandmother, former school employee Norma Bice, earned the second place ribbon and gift certificates with a final score of 109.

Brayden Harris of Kent, from a family known for their excellent bowling skills thanks to her sisters who have competed for the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders, took home the third place with a final score of 117.



With golfers from all over northeast Ohio, the Junior Amateur was one of the largest fields in history.

Next year’s edition will again compete at Oak Knolls Golf Club in Kent and Windmill Lakes Golf Club in Ravenna on July 20 and 21.



Windmill Lakes Golf Club on Monday, July 21, 2014
Oak Knolls Golf Course on Tuesday, July 22, 2014


BOYS 16 TO 19

Chris Sloe, Aurora 74-72 146

Michael Furey, Twinsburg 74-73 147

Conor O’Callaghan, Aurora 74-74 148

Cody Tuttle, Ravenna 75-79 154

Evan Ferrara, Kent 79-75 154

Eddie Pearce, Uniontown 80-75 155

Sean Fleming, Stow 77-79 156

Philip Lago, Streetsboro 80-78 158

sAlex Avalon, Aurora 79-81 160

Nick Mandalari, Kent 77-84 161

Joe Kainrad 80-82 162

Sam Nowak, Aurora 79-85 164

Morgan McIntyre, Ravenna 84-82 166

Cody Johnson, Streetsboro 84-82 166

Zack Fulmer, Stow 82-85 167

Adam McCullough, Aurora 85-85 170

Ty Butler, Streetsboro 86-87 173

Dustin Buehler, Akron 94-88 182

Ethan Troyer, Streetsboro 92-95 187

Jacob Curtiss, Brimfield 98-93 191

Curtis Cutlip, Suffield 101-102 203

Evan Chapple, Rootstown 107-96 203

Ryan Hostetler, Mogadore WD


GIRLS 16 TO 19

Coreena Wise, Kent 103-87 190*

Jocelyn Kohl, Kent 96-94 190

Maria Aslanis, Hinckley 95-97 192

*Won in a one-hole sudden death playoff.


BOYS 13 TO 15

Joey Vitali, Warren 89-81 170

Kyle Smith, Kent 89-91 180

Floyd Radcliff, Deerfield 97-84 181

Jake Marous, Hudson 86-96 182

Jeremy Thorn, Streetsboro 87-95 182

Matt Salopek, Kent 94-99 193

Nick Fisher, Hudson 99 96 195

Ryan Wilson, Rootstown 102-93 195

Ben Knight, Windham 100-96 196

Nate Fiedler, Stow 101-103 204

Griffen Wise, Kent 108-98 206

Trevor Otto, Newbury 102-111 213

Michael Avalon, Aurora 110-107 217

Dylan Markham, Kent 125-136 261

Blake Frasher, Mogadore 134-132 266


GIRLS 13 TO 15

Abbie Pierce, Uniontown 82-81 163

Chloe Wise, Kent 93-86 179

Alex Mail, Kent 111-106 216

Kaitlyn Hawkins, Uniontown 115-107 222

Grace Thompson, Kent 108-119 227

Haley Brenner, Kent 134-123 257



Charlie Huscroft, Kent 44-50 94

Gavin Markham, Kent 42-55 97

Mason Moldvay, Kent 53-58 111

Ian Mail, Kent 49-63 112

Casey Troyer, Streetsboro 51-65 116

Jackson Holzapfel, Kent 56-62 118

Josh Fisher, Kent 64-68 132

Clay Smith, Kent 57-76 133

Andrew Collier, Kent 70-75 145



Lauren Garner, Kent 53-49 102

Katie Bice, Louisville 53-56 109

Brayden Harris, Kent 53-64 117

Emma Picicco, Kent 61-58 119

Sydney Golden, Kent 72-77 149

Abbey Keller, Kent 78-75 153

Megan Case, Kent 79-99 178

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