St. Xavier Wins Division I State Golf Title


Posted on 10/25/2015 at 11:30 a.m.

Moeller’s Fox Finishes With Second-Lowest Score Among Individuals

St. Xavier completed an outstanding season Saturday, shooting a 313 on day two to win the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I State Championship played at The Ohio State University Scarlet Course in Columbus.  The Bombers, who took a 10-stroke advantage into the final round after firing a team-low score of 303 on Friday, finished with a two-day total of 616, ahead of Dublin Jerome (321) Springboro (329).

The title, St. Xavier’s fourth state crown for its golf program (also winning in 1956, 1995 and 2008) and a record No. 50 overall as an athletics program (more than any other school in Ohio prep history), gives St. Xavier a clean sweep of the golf championships held this postseason – having already won titles in the Greater Catholic League South Division, Cincinnati West Sectional and Southwest District Tournament.  

Moeller senior Jake Fox, competing as a qualifying individual, fired consecutive rounds of 74 to finish with a two-day total of 4-over 148, coming in  second among all competing golfers.  Junior Will Kurtz of Hudson shot 73-69-142 to claim medalist honors in the state tournament.

St. Xavier senior Kirran Magowan, who entered the state tournament after earning medalist honors for the second straight year in the SW district tournament, had an uncharacteristic 82 on Friday.  But Magowan led the Bombers Saturday, firing an even-par 72 to finish with a 154 – the lowest score among a balanced and talented St. Xavier lineup.

Magowan was followed by fellow classmate Domenic Maricocchi, 71-84-155, who helped the Bombers take a commanding lead the first day with his 1-under opening round; junior Zachary Pavlin, 77-80-157; and sophomores Michael Prebles, 80-78-158, and Cameron Frazier, 75-83-158.  All five Bombers finished in the top 20 golfers competing either as part of a team or as a qualifying individual like Fox.

St. Xavier’s championship gives the GCL South a second straight state title, as Moeller finished atop the DI field a year ago.  The Bombers also swept the postseason awards in the GCL South this fall, with coach Alex Kepley being named Coach of the Year in the league and Frazier being named Player of the Year after an outstanding season that included a league-low 37.67 stroke average per round in league competition.