15th Annual Canterbury Kiely Cup a Photo Finish

Defending champion Dublin Jerome, newcomer Columbus Academy and Lakota East ended the 36-hole Kiely Cup boys’ golf tournament a mere one stroke apart. With fifteen schools competing and 75 players playing in threesomes, Division II powerhouse Columbus Academy prevailed with a score of 618 (307-311).

Five of the last six Kiely Cup champions hail from southern Ohio.

Columbus Academy Vikings coach Craig Yakscoe said his team was not intimidated by the strong field at the start under Sunday’s cloudy and cool conditions. Despite da Browns troubles that day, Monday’s weather was perfect—bright sun and 75 degrees.

The venerable Shaker Heights course played fast and hard. Balls ran out and Canterbury’s fast, undulating greens took their toll.

15th Annual Canterbury Kiely Cup
15th Annual Canterbury Kiely Cup gets underway.

St. Ignatius

Led by sophomore sensation Topher Reed (79-73), seniors Andrew Kaye (77-77) and Ross Williamson (84-77), and standout freshman Nick Piesen (80-77), two-time Kiely Cup champ St. Ignatius produced the low score on Monday (304), fourteen strokes better than their opening round. Iggy’s new head coach, P.J. Meyers, and legendary assistant Bob Cook had to be asking themselves where those scores were on Sunday.

Lakota East

 Joe Wilson IV with Mike Kiel
Lakota East Medalist Joe Wilson IV with Mike Kiely
Jeff Combs’ Lakota East team could have easily taken home the hardware. Joe Wilson IV, the Thunderhawks’ sophomore phenom, captured medalist honors with a pair of back-to-back par 72’s, despite leaving three additional strokes on the edge of the cup on Canterbury’s final holes on Monday — the 590-yard, par 5 16th; the 230-yard, par 3 17th; and the 400-yard, par 4, uphill 18th.


Herb Page and Bob Cook
Two legends during Sunday evening’s banquet, Herb Page and Bob Cook
During the annual banquet on Sunday evening, the players and their parents and friends were treated to a Northeast Ohio legend. Herb Page, the 41-year veteran men’s and women’s golf coach at Kent State University, regaled the audience as keynote speaker. The dean of the Mid American Conference, Herb coached the Golden Flashes to 22 MAC men’s titles, four top-10 NCAA finishes, and three NCAA regional titles while coaching 28 All-Americans. Seven of his former players are currently competing on professional tours. Following remarks by Canterbury’s caddie master, the inimitable Mike Kiely, Herb explained what it takes to elevate your game to the next level, proudly mentioned four former Golden Flashes: Hudson’s John Hahn and Will Kurtz, Walsh Jesuit’s Chase Johnson, and Stow’s Ian Holt were all former Kiely Cup medalist.

This year marked the 15th annual Kiely Cup. From 2005-2013, the invitational event was an 18-hole tournament. It switched to 36-holes when it was decided that elite high school players needed the opportunity to play a collegiate level tournament.


Canterbury Golf Club logoFINAL RESULTS: Boys High School Golf
2019 Kiely Cup

Canterbury Golf Club, Cleveland, OH
Sun/Mon, September 8th – 9th, 2019

1st Columbus Academy Vikings (307-311) 618
Ali Khan, Senior (77-75) 152
Griffin Mitchell, Senior (73-74) 147
Matthew Cammeyer, Senior (82-80) 162
Kahmar Byers, Senior (81-84) 165
Stephen Ma, Freshman (76-82) 158
Head Coach, Craig Yakscoe

2nd Dublin Jerome Celtics (304-315) 619
Ethan Snyder, Senior (73-74) 147
Tyler Groomes, Junior (77-77) 154
Logan Menning, Junior (82-83) 165
Jake Yarbrough, Junior (80-82) 162
Ryan Norkin, Senior (74-82) 156
Head Coach, Taylor Harlem

3rd Lakota East Thunderhawks (312-308) 620
Ty Sylla, Sophomore (80-79) 159
Joe Wilson IV, Sophomore MEDALIST (72-72) 144
Brock Aten, Senior (77-76) 153
Peyton Houston, Senior (83-81) 164
Chris Poppe, Senior (85-82) 167
Head Coach, Jeff Combs

4th St. Ignatius Wildcats (318-304) 622
Topher Reed, Sophomore (79-73) 152
Andrew Kaye, Senior (77-77) 154
Ross Williamson, Senior (84-77) 161
Nick Longano, Junior (82-82) 164
Nick Piesen, Freshman (80-77) 157
Head Coach, P.J. Meyers

5th Archbishop Hoban Knights (317-318) 635
Nolan Haynes, Freshman (80-78) 158
Solomon Petrie, Sophomore (78-78) 156
Aaron Apticar, Senior (79-90) 169
Josh Wright, Junior (80-86) 166
Jake Ryan, Freshman (84-76) 160
Head Coach, Quinn Parker

T6th St. Xavier Bombers (329-314) 643
Jack Beckett, Senior (82-74) 156
Ryan Lang, Senior (83-82) 165
Zach Brinks, Senior (83-85) 168
Zach Braun, Junior (81-83) 164
Jared DeVille, Senior (85-75) 160
Head Coach, Alex Kepley

T6th Jackson Polar Bears (331-312) 643
Andrew Wyss, Senior (80-75) 155
Ben Ramold, Junior (84-77) 161
Andrew Dauk, Senior (84-84) 168
Kyle Campbell, Senior (83-76) 159
Zachary Sieverts, Junior (88-95) 183
Head Coach, Jim Kish

8th Hudson Explorers (331-325) 656
Ben Basta, Junior (82-81) 163
Coop Pamer, Sophomore (81-81) 162
Burke Villenauve, Senior (85-80) 165
Erik Block, Senior (83-83) 166
Andrew Yard, Sophomore (94-95) 189
Head Coach, Dave Kurtz

9th Walsh Jesuit Warriors (329-329) 658
Ben Cors, Junior (81-83) 164
Jay Magyari, Senior (82-87) 169
Colton Levey, Senior (87-78) 165
Clark Nemer, Sophomore (79-85) 164
Parker Kufel, Sophomore (89-83) 172
Head Coach, Bill Reilly

10th Wellington Jaguars (329-333) 662
Aiden Schumer, Senior (78-78) 156
Garrett Thesing, Senior (81-74) 155
Carsten Judge, Junior (79-82) 161
Jackson Jacobs, Sophomore (95-96) 191
Sidd Ganesh, Freshman (91-96) 187
Head Coach, Craig Mosier

11th Archbishop Alter Knights (329-338) 667
A.J. Pothast, Senior (77-81) 158
Jack Norman, Senior (92-89) 181
Tommy Grawe, Sophomore (81-81) 162
Jack Holtgreive, Senior (85-90) 175
Colin Scheimann, Junior (86-87) 173
Head Coach, Alex Schuster
12th Hawken Hawks (341-343) 684
Drew Covitt, Senior (83-82) 165
Tommy Hill, Senior (81-83) 164
Thomas Wong, Junior (82-88) 170
Cooper Bryan, Sophomore (101-97) 198
Quinn Petersen, Sophomore (95-90) 185
Head Coach, Bert Kovarik

13th Brookfield Warriors (339-347) 686
Conner Stevens, Senior (73-77) 150
Justin Atkinson, Senior (76-74) 150
Jake Shingledecker, Senior (85-91) 176
Kenny Montgomery, Sophomore (105-105) 210
Head Coach, Larry Smoot

14th Gilmour Lancers (334-363) 697
Liam Ottaway, Junior (74-75) 149
Alex Swinarski, Sophomore (91-97) 188
Harry Rogers, Sophomore (84-89) 173
Jack Popovich, Sophomore (87-102) 189
Brady Nolan, Senior (89-102) 191
Head Coach, Jamey Polak

15th Canton Central Catholic Crusaders (350-352) 702
Tyler Freudeman, Senior (87-85) 172
Charlie Belden, Junior (85-88) 173
Max Congeni, Senior (92-87) 179
Alex Milavickas, Junior (89-92) 181
Gavin Shamblen, Sophomore (89-92) 181
Head Coach, David Oates

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