St. Xavier Leads After First Day Of D1 State Golf

10/24/2015

Posted on 10/24/2015 at 11:36 a.m.

Bombers Take 10-Shot Lead Into Today’s Final Round

The St. Xavier golf team continued its strong season Friday at The Ohio State University Scarlet Course in Columbus, firing a 303 in the first round of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I State Golf Tournament to build a 10-stroke lead over second-place Springboro entering today’s final round.  St. Xavier entered play already having won the Grater Catholic League South championship, the Cincinnati West sectional title and the Southwest District crown.

Senior Domenic Maricocchi led coach Alex Kepley’s team, posting the second-best score of day one – a 1-under-par 71 that included a 3-under 33 on the back nine.  Maricocchi’s strong back nine came after he finished with a 38 on the front, a round that was hindered by a triple bogey on the fourth hold.  Maricocchi finished the day with six birdies to stand one shot back of leader Caleb Davern of Grove City Central Crossing, who shot a 70.

Moeller senior Jake Fox, who qualified for state as an individual, is tied for seventh, after firing a 2-over 74.  St. Xavier’s Cameron Frazier had a solid day, finishing with a 3-over 75.  He was joined by teammates Zachary Pavlin (77), Michael Prebles (80) and Kirran Magowan (82).  Magowan is coming off a medalist performance in last week’s district tournament, where he has posted the low score two years in a row in that event.

St. Xavier is set to tee off at 9:40 this morning, with the No. 5 player going first to be followed every 10 minutes by players in ascending order.  The Bombers will be paired with Springboro and Dublin Jerome, which is in third place after a first-round score of 316.  St. Xavier is seeking state title No. 50 for its tradition-laden athletic program, which would give the school more state championships than any other Ohio school.

St. Xavier is tied with Lakewood St. Edward now, with 49 each.