Canterbury Golf Club logoReigning Division I state champion Cincinnati St. Xavier will return to storied Canterbury Golf Club to defend its Kiely Cup championship in September of 2017.

The 15-team field includes 13 teams that finished in the top-12 of their respective boys high school state tournament last fall.

Mike Kiely and Craig Fraser
Mike Kiely and Craig Fraser
The 13th annual Kiely Cup, believed to be the only Ohio high school regular-season golf tournament contested over 36 holes, will be held September 10-11 at Canterbury. The field will include five first-time invitees and four past champions, according to tournament director Craig Fraser, pictured here with tournament namesake Mike Kiely.

The newcomer teams are Wooster, Brookfield, Strasburg-Franklin, Dublin Jerome and Van Buren. Jerome finished third in last year’s Division I state tournament and figures to challenge St. Xavier this fall.

St. Xavier won the Kiely Cup last summer with a score of 306-302=608, then went on to win the state championship by four shots at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.

Local teams returning to Canterbury for the 2017 event include four-time Kiely Cup champion Walsh Jesuit, two-time champ and five-time runnerup St. Ignatius, and two-time winner University School, as well as Gilmour Academy, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, Green, Boardman and Columbiana.

The 2017 event will be the fourth time the tournament will be played over two days and 36 holes. St. Xavier set the 36-hole scoring record last year at 32-over par.

For more information and past results and photos, see the Kiely Cup tournament website.

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