St. Xavier Golfers Cap Season With Third In State Tourney


Posted on 10/26/2020 at 11:22 a.m.

Bombers Win GCL South, Sectional And District Championships This Fall


A 30-degree decline in temperatures along with cloudy, soggy and windy conditions didn’t deter the St. Xavier High School golf team as the Bombers capped their successful season with a third-place finish at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Boys’ Division I Golf State Tournament played over two days at The Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course in Columbus.
St. Xavier shot a combined 310 on the second day to wind up with a team score of 616, trailing only champion Akron Archbishop Hoban (which finished with a tournament-record 606) and runner-up Cleveland St. Ignatius (609). Rounding out the top five teams in DI are Dublin Jerome, 618, and Mason, 621.  Lakota East came in seventh, with a 639.
In Friday’s first round, St. Xavier finished with a 306 as temperatures neared the 80-degree mark under sunny skies.  In the end, though, the Bombers tied the two-day scoring total of 616 that they fired to win the 2015 DI state championship.  St. Xavier golfers shot nine of 10 rounds in the 70s (a school record) and, on Saturday, the Bombers were the only team to have all of its scores in the 70s (also a record).  All five golfers from St. Xavier had at least one of their rounds count toward the four scores that are counted on each day of competition, showing the consistency of play.
Junior Zack Beard led St. Xavier with a 73-78--151 to finish tied for seventh place and earn second-team All-State honors, while senior Nolan Schuermann fired a 77-75--152, tying for 10th and earning second-team honors.  Sophomore Eric Braun (77-78--155) tied for 20th, senior Zach Braun ( 79-79--158) tied for 29th, and senior Nick Stachler (81-79--160) tied for 37th in the talented field.
The strong finish at state caps a memorable season for St. Xavier’s golf program, which earlier this season captured the Greater Catholic League South Division championship for the sixth consecutive year.  The Bombers went on to win sectional and district titles before posting their score at state, which normally would have been low enough to likely win another state crown, but this October was good enough for a third-place finish during a record-setting tournament.