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Aurora boys golfers ready to open season; Schroeder, Avalon, Thorn, Snyder return

by STEVE BATKO | CORRESPONDENT Published: August 3, 2016 1:00 AM
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Aurora -- With ample experience returning, Aurora High head coach of boys golf David Munson seemingly has a solid nucleus for the 2016 campaign.

However, the veteran mentor also knows that two graduated standouts -- Parker Barnes and Jack Brubaker -- will be tough to replace. They qualified for the district championship a year ago in Division I.

Barnes was a four-year letterman and Brubaker was a three-year letter winner. Barnes was one shot from reaching a playoff for the fourth and final state qualifying berth.

Brubaker also played in his second straight district, and helped Aurora finish sixth out of 19 schools with a team round of 328 at the Division I sectional Windmill Lakes.

For individuals not on qualifying teams, Barnes and Brubaker placed second and third overall, respectively, to gain individual berths.

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Munson has some talent back from last season.

Jack Schroeder, now a senior, added an 88 in sectional action as he hit 44s on each nine. His highlight was firing 2s on the second and 14th holes.

Having as much as experience as anyone in the program, junior Michael Avalon is back as well. He carded a 90 (44-46) in the sectional.

Senior Jeremy Thorn, who had a 94 (47-47) in postseason play, also brings a wealth of experience to this season. And senior Will Snyder also returns with solid experience.

"OUR FOCUS is continuing to improve with each practice, match and tournament, plus an emphasis on the short game," pointed out Munson.

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Aurora is scheduled to open the season Aug. 5 at the Suburban League American Conference preseason tournament at Windmill Lakes.

The locals then compete Aug. 8 at the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Invitational at Silver Lake Country Club, Aug. 9 at the Nordonia Classic at Ellsworth Meadows and Aug. 11 in a dual match at Twinsburg.

Munson is assisted by junior varsity coach Lizzy D'Amato. Aurora's home courses are Club Walden and Barrington.

"We will have several golfers competing for playing spots this season," noted Munson.

The Greenmen competed well and finished third overall at the J. Edward Good Park course in its first season in the new-look Suburban League.

Combined with regular season dual matches and the league tournament, the Greenmen's 2015 overall finish was third.

"Two of the golfers in our program -- Avalon and Matthew Maselli -- volunteered at Firestone for the Bridgestone Invitational this summer," said Munson.

Medina Highland won the American Conference tournament title by 10 shots (319), as Copley was second (329) and Aurora was third (330). Highland also won the league's overall season crown.

For the second year in a row, Barnes earned first team all-league honors and Brubaker made second team.


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