FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- The Greenmen boys golfers were hoping to stay alive as a team in the postseason when they headed to Windmill Lakes in Ravenna on Oct. 1 for the Division I sectional tournament. Unfortunately, action finished after the Advocate's deadline for this week's edition.
If the squad managed to card one of the four lowest scores, it would qualify for district action next week in its quest to reach the state tournament for the second year in a row.
Meanwhile, several powerhouses in Division I golf gathered at Barrington Golf Club on Sept. 23 for the Aurora Greenmen Invitational.
Walsh Jesuit won the competition with 302 strokes, followed by St. Ignatius 316, University School 325, Aurora Green 332, Nordonia 340, Aurora White 348, Western Reserve Academy 352, St. Edward 354 and Orange 365.
Pacing Aurora Green were Alex Avalon and Chris Sloe with 82s, followed by Sam Nowak 84, Tommy Riedy 84, and Conor O'Callaghan 88. For Aurora White, it was Parker Barnes with an 80, Adam McCullough 88, Jack Brubaker 90, Jack Schroeder 90 and Jeremy Thom 101.
Golfers enjoyed lunch in the Nicklaus Grille, named for PGA professional and course designer Jack Nicklaus, before making their way onto the tough fairways.
Among the players that teed off in the invitational were Chase Johnson, a junior at Walsh Jesuit and Kent State University recruit who finished tied for 32nd in the state his freshman year and second at the OHSAA Division I tournament in 2012.
Johnson joined remaining state qualifiers from the 2012 Aurora Greenmen team Avalon, Nowak and O'Callaghan. Johnson tied for tournament medalist with Chris Ultrup of Walsh and Brett Brown of Nordonia, as they all tallied one-over-par 73. Walsh finished with four of the top six scores.