Golf program ends storied season

Golf seniors step on to the course Photo by Mack Hannah

As cliche as it may sound, it was a season of ups and downs for the 2022-2023 Jackets Golf team. 

The Jackets were in a tie for first place against league-rival Lexington going into the final round of the OCC championship. The Jackets lost in heartbreaking fashion by falling to Lexington by a single stroke, which found them in 2nd place in the final league standings. While this was a major disappointment for the Jackets, Senior Ben Bridges qualified for the state tournament and became an All-Ohioan: a rare accomplishment for any golfer in the state of Ohio. 

Head Coach Anthony Savage was still very proud of the accomplishments made this season. “Not only was it our most successful in my 6 years as a head coach, but we had great kids on the team 1 through 18. We were competitive in tons of tournaments and really earned the respect of programs around the state. We lost the league championship by 1 single stroke which is still very difficult to accept, but we put ourselves in a position to win it and that is all you can ask as a coach” said Head Coach Anthony Savage. 

Along with Senior Ben Bridges becoming an all-Ohioan, the Jackets also featured other individual awards including Bridges winning player of the year in the OCC, as well as having 4 OCC second team members and one OCC third team member. 

Looking ahead to next season, Savage described it as “the year of the unknown.” The varsity team is graduating 5 seniors this spring, along with 1 junior. “We have some quality players in our program coming back, but not a ton of experience returning.” The goal of every season from a golf standpoint is to win the league championship, and Head Coach Anthony Savage will make sure that “No matter who is in our lineup, we’ll work to try and win a league championship.” 

“Losing our 5 seniors will leave a void in our program. We’ve made tons of memories over the years and we’ve experienced a lot of cool things over the years. I can’t thank them enough for the contributions to building our program to what it is trending towards. They’ve left things in a healthy position” Savage said. “I am excited for our future, but I don’t have (an) idea who will earn those spots.”