Getting To Know The National Champions: Head Coach Scott Webb
In his 19th season as the head coach of the Cincinnati State golf team, Scott Webb led the Surge to an NJCAA Division III national championship. It marked the first national title in any sport for Cincinnati State.
Along the way, the Surge also won the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championship, a first for the golf team, and the NJCAA Region XII title.
We recently had a chance to talk to Webb about the team’s accomplishments, his players, a special celebration and much more.
What does it mean to you to win the national championship?
“It means the world. That is what we’re all here for. If you don’t have the goal of winning the whole thing, you are not doing your job.
“It’s great for the kids, for all the work they put in, from running stairs to lifting weights. The kids tried so hard, and to see success after so much effort makes it even better.”
What does this accomplishment mean for your career as a golf coach?
“It’s not just winning the national championship, but also what we did in the spring, by winning the league against all other (NJCAA) Division II schools. To win the league, it says a lot about the kids we have and the character they have. Winning the league was fantastic.
“Then to play Vincennes and beat them at the regionals this year says a lot about our guys. In the fall, Vincennes beat us at our tournament. But we peaked at the right time.”
What was the feeling of the team heading into the national tournament?
“When we went to nationals, we had every expectation of going there and winning it. We fully expected to go there and win the tournament. We didn’t go there to take second place. We wanted to win it.”
Describe the final round of the national tournament.
“The night before, we didn’t get nervous. We were leading last year; this year we were one shot behind. Last year they were nervous – not this year. They’ve played great teams all year. Sandhills (Community College) was just another great team they had to beat.
“When it came down to the last person on the course, who was Taylor Suggs for us, we didn’t know it would come down to that hole. Hayden Burns caught up four shots on his guy on the back nine. He lost to his guy by two, but he saved us.
“Suggs’ opponent birdied 16 and 17. Taylor is the kind of kid that I want all the pressure in the world on, because he can handle it. There was a large crowd around the green on 18, and he birdied it.
“My kids played hard-nosed golf the whole way. They played their ‘A’ game the whole time. We had to use all five guys. If we didn’t have every player doing what they did, we wouldn’t have won.”
What have the players on this team meant to you?
“My three captains were Taylor Suggs, John McQueen and Jeff Wray. With captains, I look for guys who will take control and say, ‘We need to work out today. We need to practice today. Let’s do it.’ I don’t know how many times over the winter these guys were working. I look for a leader, and all three of those guys made us a championship team. They are the greatest group of guys I can ever imagine having. I never had an issue with any of them. They have always done well in school and they have always been there when I needed them.
“Hayden Burns really showed me what he’s made of. He’s a hard-nosed kid who when you put pressure on him, he really shines. That kid can play some serious golf when the pressure is on him. He has really improved.
“Alex Ebel came on board at the last minute. He called me and told me what kind of player he is. I didn’t know he was going to be such a good student and such a good person. He did everything I asked the day I asked. I knew then he was serious and devoted to playing. He will prove to be one of Cincinnati State’s best golfers. He has a real shot at winning the national championship next year. And he’s just as good a person as a golfer. He became a leader. I called Alex my rock.”
What was it like living in a condominium with this team for a week at the national tournament?
“These kids all got along. It was a great week. The players who weren’t playing in the tournament really supported us. They were awesome. They were just as on board as the guys in the tournament. We had a blast. I love them all.”
Describe your celebration after the team won the national tournament.
“The guys who played with me last year know every time we would walk up 18, there is a pond there. I would say, ‘If we win this thing, I’m going to jump in the pond.’ It’s been kind of a running joke that if we win it, I’m going to jump in the pond.
“After we won it, they said, ‘Hey, Scotty, the pond is there.’ I said, ‘You don’t have to remind me.’ So I ran into the pond. It was about waist-deep. It was perfect. The best part was the water was Surge green.”
Getting To Know The National Champions: Alex Ebel
First-year Cincinnati State golfer Alex Ebel contributed to the Surge winning the NJCAA Division III national championship last week in Chautauqua, New York. Ebel shot an even-par 72 in the final round to help Cincinnati State claim a two-shot victory.
Ebel, a Mason High School graduate, finished 14th in the individual standings to earn NJCAA All-America honors.
We caught up with Ebel after he returned home from a triumphant trip to New York to discuss the championship, how he played, living in a condominium with his teammates for a week and more.
What was it like coming to Cincinnati State and being one of the new guys on the team?
“The team welcomed me with arms wide open right away. They are a bunch of great guys. I love the guys on the team.”
How was it living in the same place with your teammates for the week?
“It was awesome. I got a lot closer with them and got more comfortable with them. It was one of the best weeks I’ve had in my life.”
What does it mean to you to win a team national championship?
“It means a lot. There’s a lot that went in to it, with (Head Coach) Scotty (Webb) preparing us and practicing all the time. To do it together was even more special because we had the chemistry.”
You seemed to play your best during the final round on Friday. Talk about what changed.
“My first two days, I had some swing flaws that I worked out with Scotty and my dad. In the third round, I didn’t putt well, but I hit the ball great. Then on Friday, I played the last 16 holes in two-under par. I was calm and relaxed coming down the stretch. I’ve never been in a position where people relied on me that heavily, but I took that well.”
What was it like on Friday afternoon with such tight circumstances?
“I was talking to Scotty, and he didn’t really know the team scores, but he said, ‘You have to come in strong.’ I took that to heart, and I probably played the best seven holes of my life to finish the round.
“Outside the ropes of the 18th green, [my teammates and I] were talking about how we played against the guy we were matched up against. I beat my guy by about five strokes, so I was proud of that.”
What did it mean to have family members there during the national tournament?
“My parents were there for the whole week, and my grandparents were there for the first two rounds. It was awesome. My parents saw me all four rounds. They saw me when I didn’t play well, and then when I did play well. To see them coming off 18 after we won the championship, and to share that with them was exciting for sure.”
What has it been like to play for Coach Webb?
“It’s probably been my favorite experience in golf so far. Scotty is a great guy. He has done a lot for Cincinnati State, and he still does a lot for Cincinnati State. He is one of the best guys I know.”
Describe Coach Webb’s celebration after the team won the national championship.
“He told us he’s been waiting to jump in the pond for 20 years, and now he had to do it. So he ran and jumped in the pond. It’s something I’ll never forget.”
Getting To Know The National Champions: Jeff Wray
Cincinnati State sophomore Jeff Wray came in fifth in the individual standings as the Surge golf team won the NJCAA Division III national championship last week in Chautauqua, New York.
We talked with Wray, a Lakota West High School graduate and a two-time NJCAA All-American, when he returned to campus. He discussed winning a national title, improving his play, a special good-luck charm from his mom and more.
What does it mean to you to win a team national championship?
“It’s huge. I feel it’s better for Scotty because he’s been doing it a lot longer, but of course it means a bunch to me. It was nice to go back (to the national tournament) and see him cry with joy instead of kind of disappointment. It’s certainly huge for me, and the team, Scotty and the school, winning the first (national) championship.”
How did the last round on Friday play out?
“We knew we were one (stroke) down going into [the final round]. I knew it was going to be a tough fight between me and my Sandhills [opponent]. We ended up both shooting 73 on the last day, but no one really knew how tight it was coming down that last hole.”
Talk about how you played during the final round.
“I knew [my opponent] was a really solid player. We were tied for sixth (place going into the round). … We were all square going into [the 10th hole], and I knew I had some work to do. Every time he would birdie a hole, I would birdie it, too. Every time he bogeyed a hole, I bogeyed it. So we went back and forth. … It was a good fight. Even though I shot a 70 last year (during the national tournament) and didn’t shoot as low (this year), I feel like that was by far the best round I’ve ever played, considering the stage we were on.”
Last year you placed 15th at the national tournament. Talk about jumping up to fifth place this year.
“That was one of my goals going there, to better myself. I knew if I kept it tight and kept in down the fairway and put it on the green and two-putted and a couple of putts dropped in, I knew I’d be in kind of good shape. I feel like if I can jump up 10 spots in a year, with it being better golf, I feel like I’ve come on leaps and bounds since last year.”
What did it mean to have your parents at the national tournament?
“My parents came Tuesday, and it was awesome for them to be there. On the last day, my mom had a four-leaf clover that’s 40 years old. She’s had it in a book since she was a kid. [Friday] was the day she passed it down to me. That, I feel, brought me some good luck.
“The first three days (of the tournament) she had it, and she gave it to me on the last day. It was in my back pocket the entire round. Before every shot, I would rub my back pocket a little bit to give me some luck.”
What has it meant to you to play for Coach Webb?
“Scott Webb, he’s not only a golf coach, he’s a life coach. He’s taught me so many things outside the game of golf. He’s just a great guy all around.
“That we could bring this (national championship) home for him was awesome. He’s just such a good guy. And all the guys on the team couldn’t ask for a better coach.”
Describe Coach Webb’s celebration after the team won the national championship.
“When we were there last year, he said, ‘Boys, next year I’m jumping in that [pond].’ And he did. He stripped down to his boxers and ran and jumped in. He said he wasn’t expecting the ground to be that muddy and when he was walking out he was stepping all over golf balls.”
What is next for you?
“Right now, I’m working at the Golf Exchange. I’m looking to go into a sales-rep kind of job. Working at the Golf Exchange really is going to help me with that.
“I’m taking my last couple of classes right now. So at the end of this summer, I will graduate (from Cincinnati State).”
Getting To Know The National Champions: John McQueen
Cincinnati State sophomore John McQueen helped the Surge golf team win an NJCAA Division III national championship, the first national title in any sport for the school, last week in Chautauqua, New York.
We caught up with McQueen, a Lakota West High School graduate, to get his thoughts on the team’s accomplishments and much more.
What does it mean to you to win a national championship?
“It means the world, to be honest with you. It’s a great accomplishment for the school, for the team and for (head coach) Scott Webb. It means the world to me that Scott won a national championship. He’s a fantastic coach.”
Did you have any family members attend the national championship tournament?
“My mom and dad came and watched every round. I have great support. If something didn’t go my way, it was awesome to look over and see my parents. It makes a huge difference.”
How would you describe the golf team’s chemistry?
“The team chemistry is great. Taylor Suggs, Jeff Wray and I, being the returning players, we weren’t sure about how the chemistry would be with the new guys, but when spring came around, everyone started clicking and everyone picked each other up. We really clicked as a team.”
What was it like living in a condominium with your teammates for the week of the national tournament?
“It was great. It was a lot of fun. Everyone can talk trash with the best of them and then take it with a grain of salt. We jabbed at each other all season and all week, but it’s a lot of laughs. I had a great time.”
What has Coach Webb meant to you?
“Coach Webb has been the best coach for me. He knows how to coach. He knows how to manage peoples’ attitudes, and he knows how to deal with people. When someone needs to be pushed, he does that. When someone needs a coach to back off, he does that, too. I have the utmost respect for his coaching abilities.
“It means a lot to get the national championship and put the crown on his career, because he’s been a terrific coach.”
Describe Coach Webb’s celebration after the team won the national championship.
“The year before, he said if we win, he was going in the pond. When we got the win, after the dust had settled and after the awards ceremony, he said, ‘Let’s go to the pond.’ Scott always told me he wears his lucky green underwear. So he got down to the lucky green underwear and ran into the pond. And it was good form on the jump. It was a great feeling to help him out of the pond and be one of the first hands he grabbed after getting to celebrate the win. It was an incredible feeling.”
What’s next for you?
“I’m taking an online class now, and I will graduate (from Cincinnati State) at the end of this summer semester. The next step for me is to transfer to [Northern Kentucky University]. I’m going to major in business management.”
Getting To Know The National Champions: Taylor Suggs
Cincinnati State sophomore Taylor Suggs led the Surge to a team national championship and won an individual national title last week at the NJCAA Division III Golf Championships in Chautauqua, New York.
Suggs, a native of the Greenhills area of Cincinnati and a two-time NJCAA All-American, will continue his academic and golf careers at Cincinnati Christian University beginning this fall.
We got a chance to talk with Suggs when he returned to campus following his big week in New York.
What does it mean to you to win a team national championship?
“This week I went out and played well, and my teammates backed me up big time. I’ve been with them for the past two years, and this was a lot of fun.”
Describe how the final round on Friday played out.
“Coming down the stretch, I had no idea how the teams were doing. (Head Coach) Scotty (Webb) let us go. He didn’t talk to us. He just said, ‘You guys know what to do. Do your best.’ When I came down to the last hole, all I knew was that I pretty much had won the individual (title), but I had no clue about the team. There was a lot of pressure. I was just staying quiet, staying in my zone.”
Talk about winning the individual championship.
“It meant a lot. I’ve been thinking about it for the past two years, ever since I joined (the team). I had a couple people trying to get in my head. One in particular was verbally messing with me for about two days straight, including during the final round, but I ended up shutting him up pretty well. So that made it even sweeter.”
You appear to be extremely focused on the course and then let out your emotions at the end of the round. Can you talk about that?
“To get where I am right now, I’ve had to sacrifice a lot of things. I don’t get to hang out with many friends. I don’t get to do a lot of extracurricular stuff. So to stay patient and play well, I have to keep my emotions down. And when I finish, it all just kind of comes out. It happened again up there (in New York). I couldn’t even stand up. My teammates carried me off.”
You holed out from 175 yards to end your round on Thursday. Talk about that shot.
“It was the hardest hole on the course. I had just lost another couple shots to the Sandhills player I was playing with. I hit [the tee shot] down the left side in fine shape. It was 175 yards downhill, downwind to a really hard target. I hit 8-iron, and it went up there and landed just on the front of the green. I was thinking it was going to stop because the greens had been soft all week, but it just kept rolling. It was going right at the pin, and I thought, ‘That could go in, but it’s going to stop.’ Then one of my teammates put his hand up like it was going to go in, and it just disappeared. [My teammates] went nuts. I didn’t know what to say. I just walked down the fairway laughing because I didn’t have any more shots to hit. I was done.”
What did it mean to have your dad and Coach Webb there with you when you won a team and an individual national championship?
“It was huge, especially my dad. We’ve gone through some hard things the past couple years, with how much time I’ve had to devote to golf. But he stayed patient with me, and I stayed patient with him. I think it meant a lot to him.
“For Scotty: The week before I joined (the team) here, I quit golf. The only reason I came back was because I figured I could just come out and fool around and try to help Scotty get a national championship. I never thought God would get me here, to where I’ve won it and we’ve won it. It was cool that me and Scotty got to share that and that he finally got one.”
Describe Coach Webb’s celebration after the team won the national championship.
“He had been saying for years he was going to jump in the pond, but we had to win. So we finally won. He stripped down to his Cincinnati State shirt and his lucky green underwear, and he jumped right into the lake.”
The Cincinnati State golf team won the NJCAA Division III national championship on Friday, marking the first national title for the Surge in any sport.
Cincinnati State saved its best for last, delivering a team score of 294 in the final round to overcome a one-shot deficit and win by two strokes over defending national champions Sandhills Community College at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, New York.
Taylor Suggs led the way, carding a 1-under-par 71 on Friday en route to an individual national championship. Suggs’ four-round total of 285 was five shots better than his closest competitor.
Mason graduate Alex Ebel (72) and Jeff Wray (73) from Lakota West each recorded their best round of the tournament on the final day, while Oak Hills grad Hayden Burns (78) matched his best score.
“I have played golf for over 40 years, and I have never seen the never-give-up attitude like we had today,” Surge head coach Scott Webb said. “It took Taylor and Alex to birdie the last hole and Jeff and Hayden to par it in front of a huge crowd to win it.”
Suggs, Wray and Ebel each earned All-America honors. Wray, who finished with a total of 300 (+ 12), was fifth in the individual standings, and Ebel (309, +21) placed 14th. For sophomores Suggs and Wray, it is the second time they have achieved All-America status. It also was the second straight year the Surge had three of their five participating golfers earn that recognition.
Burns finished tied for 27th (313, +25), and sophomore John McQueen, another Lakota West graduate, came in tied for 41st (322, +34). McQueen’s second-round 76 was pivotal, as it tied for the second-best Surge score of the day and contributed to the team’s 302 total on Wednesday.
Cincinnati State, which had a three-round lead disappear a year ago due to red-hot play by Sandhills, was able to return the favor in 2015.
“We had incredible support from all of the teams and players pulling for us,” Webb added. “It was a great day in Cincinnati State sports history.”
Suggs Stretches Advantage; Surge Close In On Leader
Cincinnati State sophomore Taylor Suggs holed out from 175 yards for an eagle on his final hole of the day to finish with a 2-under-par 70 on Thursday, highlighting a strong performance by the Surge golf team during the third round of the NJCAA Division III Golf Championships in Chautauqua, New York.
Entering the day trailing leader Sandhills Community College by six strokes, Cincinnati State fired a team total of 303 on Thursday and moved to within one shot of the lead.
Suggs’ three-round total of 214 (-2) gives him a six-shot lead in the individual standings. Jordan Estes of Georgia Northwestern and Brandon Grzywacz of Sandhills are tied for second with totals of 220 (+4). Suggs’ score of 70 on Thursday tied the low round of the tournament.
Surge head coach Scott Webb was impressed by the finishes from Suggs and fellow sophomore Jeff Wray.
“Taylor landed his shot perfectly on the edge of the green and the ball rolled in the hole,” Webb said. “Then Jeff sinks a 25-foot putt on his final hole.”
Wray and first-year player Alex Ebel each carded a 77, while freshman Hayden Burns shot a 79 to round out the scoring for Cincinnati State.
Wray, who has a three-round total of 227 (+11), is tied for sixth in the individual standings, while Burns (235, +19) is tied for 22nd. Ebel (237, +21) is tied for 31st, and sophomore John McQueen (240, +24) is tied for 39th.
Of the five players on each team, the top four scores of each round are counted for the team total. Webb believes the balance on his team is a big asset for the Surge.
“All five players were solid today,” Webb said. “It takes the pressure off each guy when we can use any of their scores.”
The Cincinnati State golf team, which finished in second place behind Sandhills at the national tournament last season, will look to capture the school’s first national championship in any sport when it tees off for the final round on Friday.
“The guys are so loose and ready to play,” Webb said. “We are in the exact place we want to be.”
Taylor Suggs: Born To Golf
Cincinnati State sophomore Taylor Suggs says golf always has been part of his life. His parents tell him he started playing golf before he could walk.
It’s certainly in his gene pool.
Taylor’s great-aunt is Louise Suggs, a founder of the LPGA Tour, a 61-time winner on that tour, a World Golf Hall of Famer, and the namesake for the LPGA Rookie of the Year Award. Taylor’s father is a PGA Master Teaching Professional who works out of Greenhills Golf Course.
Suggs, who was exclusively home-schooled, came to Cincinnati State when he was just 16 years old.
“I realized I could come to Cincinnati State when I was 16 and play on the golf team, so we thought it would be a good experience for me,” Suggs said. “We found out they have a nice Turf Grass Management degree, so it seemed like it would be a good fit.”
That’s not to say that Surge golf head coach Scott Webb initially didn’t have some fears about bringing such a young golfer on to his team. However, those concerns quickly were assuaged.
“Taylor has been such a great person and great player that the team has really embraced having him,” Webb said.
Now, Suggs is a captain for the Cincinnati State golf team, which is nearing the end of a quite successful season. The Surge won its first Ohio Community College Athletic Conference season title in April, and Suggs took home season medalist honors.
He then was the medalist at the NJCAA Region XII Championships, shooting a 218 (+2) over three rounds. That included a school-record-tying four-under 68 in the tournament’s final round. Led by Suggs, the Surge rolled to the team title, topping second-place Vincennes University by 34 strokes.
Suggs believes a good portion of his and the team’s success can be attributed to Webb.
“Scott has been a great coach and always been there for us,” Suggs said. “He’s helped me grow. When I had attitude problems my first year, he cracked down on me. It’s made me a lot better player and a better kid.”
The victory at the regional tournament qualified Cincinnati State for the NJCAA Division III National Championship, which starts Monday in Chautauqua, New York. Suggs says he is confident in his abilities and those of his team members.
“We’re looking to take the national championship on a team level, and I think I can do it on an individual level as well,” he said.
Regardless of the results on the golf course next week in New York, Suggs is on track to graduate from Cincinnati State at the end of the Summer Semester. In the fall he will attend nearby Cincinnati Christian University, majoring in biblical studies. Suggs said he plans to earn a bachelor’s degree from Cincinnati Christian, and he expects it will take about three years to complete.
He also will play golf for Cincinnati Christian.
While he started attending Cincinnati State earlier than most students, Suggs says it was the right choice for him.
“I like how it’s a little bit more personal,” he said. “It’s not as big as a four-year college, so you get a little bit more attention.”
Suggs believes he has developed at Cincinnati State and is ready for his next step.
“I feel totally prepared to go to CCU, to take their golf team far and also to do well in school,” he said. “And I feel like I’ve grown a lot, personally, over the past couple years as well.”
So what are his plans for the long-term?
“My goal is to be play on the PGA Tour, and I’m on track for that right now, so hopefully it will all fall into place,” Suggs said.
Webb, his coach at Cincinnati State, believes it will happen.
“The sky is the limit for him,” Webb said. “He’s still young, and his work ethic is beyond his years.”
Surge Golf Team Rolls To Region XII Title
The Cincinnati State golf team left no doubt regarding the top squad in the NJCAA Division III Region XII. Behind four of the top five individual finishers, the Surge rolled to a 34-stroke victory at the tournament played this weekend at Weatherwax Golf Club in Middletown, Ohio.
The win advances Cincinnati State to the NJCAA Division III National Championships for the second straight season.
Cincinnati State put up an impressive three-round team total of 888, followed by Vincennes University (922) and Schoolcraft College (1,005).
Surge sophomore All-American Taylor Suggs (pictured) was dialed in on Sunday, carding a school-record-tying 4-under-par 68.
“Taylor was focused, and he stayed focused,” Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb said. “And once he got into a rhythm, no one was going to stop him.”
Suggs was the medalist for the tournament, finishing with a total of 218 (+2). The leader after Saturday’s first two rounds, Surge freshman Hayden Burns was second with a 221. First-year player Alex Ebel was consistent throughout the weekend, firing rounds of 76, 74 and 75 to come in third.
Cincinnati State sophomore John McQueen shot an even-par 72 on Saturday and finished in a tie for fourth with Vincennes golfer Jake Bartley. Bartley edged McQueen in a one-hole playoff to claim fourth place.
McQueen, who gave a fist pump after sinking a putt on the last hole on Sunday, was happy with the way he played.
“I stayed mentally tough and kept the ball in play off the tee and really putted well,” McQueen said.
The top five individual golfers earned spots on the All-Region XII First Team.
While winning the Region XII championship is nothing new for Webb, it doesn’t mean each one doesn’t bring a special feeling.
“This one feels really good because I knew Vincennes was an unbelievably good team this year,” Webb said. “I am really proud of our guys.”
For Surge sophomores Suggs, McQueen and Jeff Wray, it will be back-to-back appearances at the national tournament in Chautauqua, New York.
“It’s huge for us to come back and defend the title and make a second trip to New York,” McQueen said.
Webb Named Conference Coach Of The Year
Cincinnati State’s Scott Webb is the 2015 Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Golf Coach of the Year.
In his 20th year at the helm of the Surge golf team, Webb guided this season’s squad to new heights. Cincinnati State won the conference regular-season championship, had the top two finishers in the OCCAC individual standings and placed five golfers on the all-conference teams. All three accomplishments were firsts for the Surge golf program.
Sophomore Taylor Suggs was the OCCAC season medalist, while first-year player Alex Ebel came in second. Both Suggs and Ebel were on the all-conference first team, while Surge golfers Hayden Burns, John McQueen and Jeff Wray earned spots on the second team.
Led by Webb, Cincinnati State won the first five OCCAC regular-season events and finished second in the sixth. The Surge posted a team-best score of 294 in the OCCAC South Tournament at Weatherwax Golf Club in Middletown, Ohio, and notched another team score under 300 when they combined to shoot 296 in the Lakeland Invitational at Quail Hollow Country Club in Concord, Ohio. Ebel also recorded a school-record-tying 3-under-par 68 in the event hosted by Lakeland Community College.
Making the conference title even more impressive is the fact that Cincinnati State competes in the NJCAA Division III for golf while the other teams in the conference play at the Division II level.
Webb also was honored with the OCCAC Coach of the Year Award in 2009.
Surge Have Top Two, Five of Top 10 OCCAC Golfers
The Cincinnati State golf team completed its regular season on Sunday, and the Surge did so in record-setting fashion.
Although Cincinnati State had its five-tournament winning streak snapped, finishing second at the Owens Invitational at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg, Ohio, the Surge secured the top two golfers and five of the top 10 in the OCCAC individual standings.
Those top 10 golfers earn All-Conference recognition, and it marked the first time Cincinnati State placed five in that group.
Taylor Suggs tied for third place on Sunday with a 78, but the Cincinnati State sophomore clinched the season medalist honor. Suggs finished with 440 strokes over six events, taking the top spot by four shots.
Surge first-year player Alex Ebel was the medalist on Sunday, shooting a 73 and besting the second-place golfer by four strokes. Ebel earned second place in the season individual standings, helping Cincinnati State reach another milestone. Suggs and Ebel became the first Surge golfers to finish in the top two spots of the OCCAC individual scoring average.
Hayden Burns (83), Jeff Wray (84), Branden Ritter (84) and John McQueen (85) rounded out Cincinnati State’s team scoring at the event hosted by Owens Community College.
In addition to Suggs and Ebel earning All-Conference First Team recognition, Burns, McQueen and Wray earned spots on the OCCAC Second Team.
The Surge will play in the OCCAC Tournament Championship at the same location on Monday. Cincinnati State will be seeking its first OCCAC Tournament Championship since 2012.
Surge Golfers Seeking To Rewrite Record Books
The Cincinnati State golf team is looking to add to an already historic season as it heads to tournaments in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Sunday and Monday.
The Surge, winners of five straight events, will play in the Owens Invitational on Sunday, marking their final regular-season tournament. Although Cincinnati State has wrapped up its first OCCAC championship, there still is a lot on the line for the individual players.
Sophomore All-American Taylor Suggs (72.4 scoring average) leads the OCCAC individual standings by nine strokes over fellow Surge golfer Alex Ebel. Ebel (74.2), a first-year player, shot a school-record-tying 68 in the first of two tournaments last weekend.
The top 10 players in the OCCAC individual standings earn all-conference honors, with the top five on the first team and the next five on the second team. Three other Surge golfers are in position to join Suggs (pictured) and Ebel in that group. Freshman Hayden Burns (77.8) sits in sixth place, while sophomore John McQueen (78.8) is eighth and fellow sophomore Jeff Wray (79) is ninth.
If all of them can land in the top 10, it would mark the first time Cincinnati State would have five all-conference golfers in the same season. The Surge also hope to have their first conference individual medalist since 2010 and first top two finishers in school history.
Cincinnati State then will play in the OCCAC Tournament Championship on Monday. The tournament is set up in a Ryder Cup format, with three segments consisting of six holes each. Golfers will be paired up and compete in scramble, alternate shot and best ball formats.
The Surge, which ended Owens’ run of three straight regular-season conference titles, will look to bring home their first OCCAC Tournament Championship since 2012.
Surge Golf Team Claims First Conference Championship
The Cincinnati State golf team earned a victory and a tie for first place in tournaments on Sunday and Monday, giving the Surge an outright OCCAC championship with one event remaining. It marks the team's first conference title.
The tournaments were held in Concord, Ohio, in less than ideal conditions. The Lakeland Invitational, played on the par-71, 6,833-yard Weiskopf Course at Quail Hollow Country Club on Sunday, started off sunny and calm. As the day continued, the Lake Erie winds took over and the temperatures dropped to a chilling 40 degrees.
The temperatures and conditions did not faze the Surge as they shot one of the best team scores in school history, firing a 296 and defeating defending league champions Owens Community College by 12 shots. Columbus State came in third (329), and host team Lakeland shot a 354. It was the largest margin of victory for the Surge in league play this year.
Leading the Surge to victory was freshman Alex Ebel, who etched his name in the Cincinnati State record books, along with former players Joe Morris, Blake Harpenau and Evan Bryan, by shooting a 3-under-par 68. League medalist and returning All-American sophomore Taylor Suggs shot a 75, as did fellow All-American sophomore Jeff Wray. Surge freshman Hayden Burns rounded out the scoring with a 78.
“Adding a player like Alex to the team this spring has made an unbelievable difference to the squad,” Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb said. “He adds depth like we have never had in school history and takes pressure off other guys to be on top of their game at all times. With the temperatures dropping and the fact that he was on a course that he had never seen before, the 3-under par round is even more impressive.”
On Monday, the Surge played in the OCCAC North Tournament, which also was held at Quail Hollow Country Club. However, this event was played on the par-71, 6,723-yard Devlin Golf Course. The rain-snow mix off the lake settled in for the morning, as did the bone-chilling temperatures, which hovered around 35 degrees.
This did not stop the Surge, as they went on to tie Owens for the win by shooting a team score of 311. Columbus State again finished third (325), and Lakeland was fourth (353).
Pacing Cincinnati State was Suggs, who fired a 75. Burns added a 77, while sophomore John McQueen shot a 79 and Wray had an 80.
“It was pure survival out on the course today.” Webb stated. “I told the guys today was a game of who had it the most mentally. I was extremely proud of co-captain John McQueen today. He really kept his head in the game under the adverse conditions and gave me a score that we could use.”
The victory brings the Surge win streak to five, marking a school record.
Cincinnati State has five players in the top 10 of the league scoring average, which garners All-Conference honors, with one event to play. Suggs is the league medalist with an average of 72.40, while Ebel sits second, Burns sixth, McQueen eighth and Wray ninth.
The Surge finish off the regular season on Sunday at the Owens Invitational at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg, Ohio. Cincinnati State then will compete in the OCCAC Championships, also held at Belmont Country Club, on Monday.
Win Streak On The Line For Cincinnati State Golf Team
The Cincinnati State golf team puts a three-match winning streak on the line with a pair of upcoming matches in the Cleveland area.
The Surge will play in the Lakeland Tournament at Quail Hollow Country Club in Concord, Ohio, on Sunday and the OCCAC North Tournament at the same location on Monday. Sunday’s event starts at 1 p.m., while the tournament on Monday tees off at 9 a.m.
The Surge have won their last three matches, posting a team score of 304 in the Cincinnati State Invitational, 294 in the OCCAC South Tournament and 300 in the Columbus State Invitational.
Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb was particularly impressed by his team’s performance in its last outing. Playing in wind gusts and steady rain, the Surge pushed through for the victory.
“I am truly amazed at the grit and determination that this team has,” Webb said. “This tournament was played in conditions that no one wants to play golf in, but they kept their heads and got the job done.”
Cincinnati State (12 points) leads the conference team standings, followed by Owens (8.5), Columbus State (6.5) and Lakeland (3).
Surge sophomore Taylor Suggs (pictured) has had a tremendous start to the 2015 spring season. An NJCAA All-American as a freshman, he has carded rounds of 72, 71 and 69 to open the campaign. Suggs’ total of 212 leads the OCCAC individual standings by 10 shots after three events.
Cincinnati State’s Alex Ebel is in second place in the conference standings (222), while fellow Surge golfer Hayden Burns is tied for seventh (234).
Cincinnati State Golf Team Drives Through Storm To Victory
The Cincinnati State golf team kept its foot on the pedal and drove through the competition, much as the wind and rain drove through Bent Tree Golf Course, the site of the Columbus State Invitational Tournament.
The event, which was held on Sunday afternoon in Sunbury, Ohio, was filled with wind gusts up to 40 mph and driving sideways rain, but the weather did not derail the Surge as they claimed their third conference tournament in a row. Cincinnati State shot a team score of 300, which bested Owens (308), host school Columbus State (309) and Lakeland (327).
Leading the Surge and claiming his third straight medalist title was sophomore Taylor Suggs with an incredible 69. Freshman Alex Ebel shot an impressive one-over-par 73, while sophomore Jeff Wray carded a 78 and freshman Hayden Burns had an 80.
“I am truly amazed at the grit and determination that this team has,” Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb said. “This tournament was played in conditions that no one wants to play golf in, but they kept their heads and got the job done. I have always called players who can do this mudders, as they are willing to play through anything. When I start my lineup in conditions such as they were, I look to my mudders to get the job done.”
With the medalist victory, Suggs extended his lead for OCCAC Player of the Year honors to 10 shots over fellow Surge golfer Ebel.
“Taylor played out of this world and quite possibly had one of the most impressive rounds in Cincinnati State history,” Webb said. “He had it to 5-under par with three holes to go, but bogeyed 16 and 17. With the conditions as miserable as they were, I don’t know many people who could have kept their minds and played as well as he did.”
Ebel was able to move into second place in the league standings by four shots over Owens sophomore Harrison Long, who shot a 79.
“I was equally impressed with the play of Alex Ebel,” Webb added. “He remained a rock on our squad by his steady play.”
With the victory, the Surge extend their lead over Owens by 3.5 points, 5.5 over Columbus State and 9 points over Lakeland at the halfway point of conference play.
Next week Cincinnati State will travel to the Cleveland area to play in the Lakeland Invitational on Sunday and the OCCAC North Tournament on Monday. The events will be held at the prestigious Quail Hollow Country Club in Painesville, Ohio, and will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday and 9:30 a.m. on Monday.
Cincinnati State Golf Team Surges Into OCCAC Lead
The Cincinnati State golf team opened the season on a high note this past weekend with wins at the Cincinnati State Invitational and OCCAC South event as well as a second-place finish in the OU Chillicothe Invitational Tournament.
On Friday, the season got started in wet, windy and cold Chillicothe, Ohio, where the Surge had two squads participating in the 15-team event. Four-year NAIA college Shawnee State (Portsmouth, Ohio) won the event, shooting a 314 in the tough conditions. The Cincinnati State “Green” squad finished second with a 317, and the Cincinnati State “White” squad finished third with a team score of 322.
For the “Green” team, sophomore John McQueen led with a 78, and for the “White” team, newcomer Branden Ritter set the pace with a 78 as well.
On Saturday, Cincinnati State opened Ohio Community College Athletic Conference play by hosting and winning the Cincinnati State Invitational at Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown, Ohio. The event was played on the par-72, 6,799-yard Valley View and Highlands courses. The Surge shot a team score of 304, which topped Owens and Columbus State, who both shot 306. Lakeland finished the event with a 319, while non-OCCAC school Cincinnati Christian had a team score of 330.
Sophomore and returning All-American Taylor Suggs (pictured) led Cincinnati State to the victory by winning the individual event in a playoff over Columbus State’s Zach Griffith with an even-par 72. Griffith eagled the 18th hole to take the lead, but Suggs delivered a birdie on the 18th to tie. It took Suggs just one hole to win, as he recorded a four on the 500-yard par-four playoff hole.
Other scores for the Surge were first-year player Alex Ebel shooting a 77, McQueen with a 77, sophomore and returning All-American Jeff Wray shooting a 78, freshman Hayden Burns with a 79 and freshman Corey Flynn shooting an 81.
On Sunday, the Surge once again came home the victors as they won the OCCAC South Golf Tournament. This event also was held at Weatherwax Golf Course, but this time on the par-72, 7,189-yard Woodside and Meadows courses. Cincinnati State shot a team score of 294 to best Owens (299), Columbus State (315), Cincinnati Christian (321) and Lakeland (329).
The Surge again was led by Suggs, who paced the field along with Owens sophomore Harrison Long with a one-under 71. Also counting in the team competition for Cincinnati State were Ebel (72), Burns (75) and Flynn (76).
Playing as individuals for the Surge were first-year player Drew Mayborg, who fired an even-par 72, and second-year player Andres Martinez, who shot a 75.
“I am thrilled at how this team has come out of the gates and showed how we can play,” Surge head coach Scott Webb said. “This team is the deepest team we have ever had at Cincinnati State, and just making it on the team as a player is a feat in itself.
“We lost the NJCAA national championship last year on the last day, and my sophomores still have a bitter taste in their mouth. They have worked extremely hard in the offseason to better their games, and it is showing as their drive is guiding the first-year players to do the same.”
With the two wins, Cincinnati State has taken an early lead in the OCCAC standings over reigning champion Owens. Suggs leads the OCCAC All-Conference First Team by four shots over Owens’s Long, and Ebel sits in third place.
The team returns to action Sunday as Columbus State hosts their invitational at Bent Tree Golf Course starting at 1 p.m.
Cincinnati State ready to kick off spring season
The Cincinnati State golf team’s season is about to get started with a flurry of matches, as the Surge officially open their spring season with tournaments on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
After traveling to Chillicothe, Ohio, for the OU Chillicothe Invitational on Friday, the Surge return to the Cincinnati area for matches over the weekend. The Cincinnati State Tournament will take place at Weatherwax Golf Club in Middletown, Ohio, on Saturday, followed by the OCCAC South Tournament at the same location on Sunday. The Cincinnati State Tournament starts at 1 p.m., while the OCCAC South Tournament tees off at 9:30 a.m.
The Cincinnati State golf team comes off a tremendous 2014 spring season. The Surge finished second at the NJCAA Division III National Golf Championship. Taylor Suggs and Jeff Wray, both of whom finished in the top 15 individually at the national tournament and earned All-America honors, return for their sophomore seasons.
Head coach Scott Webb, who is in his 20th season at the helm of the Surge program, is excited for the season.
“We’ve got 12 players on the squad right now, and three of them played in our top five last year, in Taylor Suggs, Jeff Wray and John McQueen,” Webb said.
Suggs, one of the team’s co-captains, was asked to compare this year’s squad to the very successful one from 2014.
“It’s looking just as good if not better,” he said. “We have a lot of strong players.”
Webb shares that optimism for the upcoming season.
“I think we’ve got a really good shot at winning the league,” he said. “With some of the new guys we’ve got coming on – Hayden Burns, Corey Flynn, Branden Ritter, Andres Martinez – we’ve got a loaded team.”
After this trio of matches to start the season, the Cincinnati State golf team next will play in the Columbus State Invitational on April 19.
Cincinnati State finishes second at NJCAA National Tournament; three players earn All-American honors
Chautauqua, NY – Cincinnati State finished second in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Golf Championship, behind Sand Hills Community College.
Cincinnati State entered Friday’s fourth and final round with a four-stroke lead, but was denied the championship when Sand Hills put together a blazing final round score of 290.
Nick Thompson of Sand Hills claimed the individual national title with a 2-under 70 in the final round. Thompson was 3-under (285) for the tournament. Ediz Kemaloglu and Cody Roberts also shot 70 for the Flyers. Caleb Chavis shot 80 as Sand Hills went on to win the title with a four-day total of 1,197.
Cincinnati State, which shot 1,212 after a final round of 309, had three players finish in the top 15 and qualify for All-American honors. Matt “Chappy” Nickoson shot 75 in the final round en route to a fifth-place finish with a tournament total of 292 (+4). Taylor Suggs finished in ninth place at 300 (+12) after a 73 on Friday. Jeff Wray, who shot a final-round 80, finished 15th at 307 (+19). Austin Kyle narrowly missed All-American honors after shooting a final-round 81 and finished with 313 (+25). John McQueen finished with 327 (+39).
Although the outcome was not what Cincinnati State coach Scott Webb wanted, the Surge set a program record for lowest team score in national tournament play and had three players earn All-American honors for the first time in one season. The national runner-up finish was the best in team history.
“Sand Hills came out and shot one of the best rounds in the tournament’s history,” Webb said. “They deserved to win today. We gave it our best shot and fell a little short of the title. Our guys worked so hard all season long and I could not be prouder of any group of individuals. I know our freshmen are already looking forward to getting back to work and trying to get back to nationals in 2015.”
Nickoson and Kyle, sophomores from Cincinnati, are expected to accept offers to play at four-year programs later this month. The Surge also will lose Eric Howard and Ricky Dumont, who graduated from Cincinnati State this past spring.
“We really had a great group of sophomores. These two years went by so fast. They all have great futures ahead of them,” Webb said. “I am honored to have had them come play for me.”
Suggs, Wray, McQueen and Chad Bialecki will return to play for Webb next season.
For final results and standings from the national tournament, please visit the website here.
Surge capture Region XII title; Nickoson medals at 3-under
Middletown, OH -- Entering Sunday's final round of the NJCAA Region XII Championship with a 43-stroke lead over Vincennes University, the Cincinnati State golf team cruised to the regional title with a tournament record team score of 903 at Weatherwax Golf Course.
Shooting a first-round score of 299 and second-round 301 on the 7,100-yard Weatherwax Golf Course, Cincinnati State tacked on a final-round 303 to claim the largest margin of victory in the tournament's history, defeating Schoolcraft College (MI) by 59 strokes and defending national champion Vincennes by 61.
Suggs, Nickoson lead Surge to second place at Owens Invitational, earn all-conference honors
Toledo, OH -- Cincinnati State golfers Taylor Suggs and Matt "Chappy" Nickoson led the Surge to a second-place finish in Sunday's Owens Express Invitational.
Matt Nickoson (end-right) & Taylor Suggs (right-2nd from end) tied for 3rd in the overall OCCAC standings. Both players qualified for OCCAC 1st Team honors.
Nickoson shoots 71 to lead Surge at Laker Invitational
Concord, OH – Sophomore Matt "Chappy" Nickoson shot a 71 to lead Cincinnati State to a second-place finish at Monday's Lakeland Laker Invitational.
Earning first-place honors for the first time this spring, Nickoson's even-par performance was highlighted by the tournament's only eagle on the par-5 13th hole at Quail Hollow Golf Club. His 71 is the lowest round by a Cincinnati State player this spring.
Freshman Taylor Suggs, who finished first in a separate tournament Sunday, recorded a 77 at Quail Hollow. Jeff Wray finished with a 78. Austin Kyle shot a 79 to round out the Surge team score of 305.
"We really had a good showing today on a tough course," said Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb. "Matt had a fantastic round. I am proud of the way he finished."
Owens Community College won the event with a score of 300. Brendan Hoelzer led the Express with a 74.
Full Team Results from Laker Invitational:
1st - Owens – 300
The Surge will conclude conference competition next Sunday at the Owens Express Tournament at Belmont Country Club.
Matt "Chappy" Nickoson shoots an even par 71 at Quail Hollow Golf Course.
Suggs medals as Surge finish second at Lorain Tournament
Elyria, OH -- In extremely difficult scoring conditions in Sunday's Lorain County Tournament, freshman Taylor Suggs finished in a tie for first place while leading the Cincinnati State golf team to a second-place finish in team competition.
Taylor Suggs tied for 1st place with a 77 at the Lorain County Tournament.
Nickoson, Wray lead Surge at Columbus State Tournament
Sunbury, OH -- Playing in the third tournament of OCCAC competition, Cincinnati State golfers Jeff Wray and Matt "Chappy" Nickoson led the team to a third-place finish at the Columbus State Cougar Tournament on Monday.
Turpin's Corey Flynn will play for the Surge next season
(Information provided) Turpin senior golfer Corey Flynn has committed to play golf for head coach Scott Webb at Cincinnati State next fall.
Flynn was a three-year starter, most improved as a sophomore and junior and team captain for the Spartans. He was named to the Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC) 1st Team, finished second overall in the ECC with a 38.35 scoring average, was medalist with even par (70) at the Fairfield Invitational Tournament, medalist or co-medalist in nine matches, including the King of the Hill Tournament, and tied for fourth place in the OHSAA Division I sectional tournament.
He plans to enroll in the associate of arts/science program in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management.
Surge finish second at windy OCCAC-South Tournament
Middletown, OH -- The Cincinnati State golf team finished second with a score of 316 in Sunday's Ohio Community College Athletic Association - South Tournament at Weatherwax Golf Course.
Kyle medals as Surge take top spot at Cincinnati State Golf Classic
Middletown, OH - Austin Kyle shot an even-par 72 to lead the Cincinnati State golf team to victory in Saturday's Cincinnati State Surge Classic.
Sophomore Austin Kyle shot a tournament low 72 as Cincinnati State claimed its first victory of the spring season.
Nickoson leads Surge to second-place finish at Miami-Hamilton Spring Invite
Sophomore Matt "Chappy" Nickoson led the Surge scoring with a 75 at Friday's Miami-Hamilton Invitational.
Surge struggle to fifth-place finish at wet OU-Chillicothe Invite
Chillicothe,OH -- The Cincinnati State golf team finished fifth at Friday's 15-team Ohio University-Chillicothe Invitational.
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Kyle leads Surge with 76 at Spring Shootout
Middletown, OH -- The Cincinnati State golf team shot a team score of 309 in Monday's Surge Spring Shootout at Weatherwax Golf Course.
Surge place seventh at Mt. St. Joe's Spring Invitational
North Bend, Ohio -- The Cincinnati State golf team kicked off the 2014 season with a seventh-place finish at this weekend's Mt. St. Joseph Invitational at Aston Oaks Golf Club.
Freshman Taylor Suggs finished in the top 20 with rounds of 79 and 81 in last weekend's Mt. St. Joe Invitational.
Nickoson leads Surge at Owens Invitational
Toledo, OH – Sophomore Matt "Chappy" Nickoson led the Cincinnati State golf team to a third-place finish in Friday's Owens Express Fall Invitational.
Bryan ties school record as Surge top OSU-Lima, Clark State
Lima, OH -- Cincinnati State sophomore Evan Bryan tied a school record for the lowest 18-hole score with a 4-under 68 as the Surge beat Ohio State University-Lima and Clarke State College on Saturday.
Surge take Vincennes Trailblazer Fall Classic
Montgomery, IN -- Entering the final 18 holes of the Vincennes Trailblazer Fall Classic with the overnight lead, the Cincinnati State golf team shot a final round 306 to win the tournament with a combined two-day score of 604.
"Winning this tournament is big," Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb said. "It was a field filled with great teams, including NCAA four-year programs as well as the defending NJCAA national champions in Vincennes. Our guys played well in a highly competitive fall tournament."
Kaskaskia College's Paul Lawrence finished in first place, shooting 141 (-3) and leading his team to a second-place finish with a team score of 610.
Adkins leads Surge to second place finish at 'Battle in Bloomington'
Bloomington, IN -- Playing in Thursday's "Battle at Bloomington" Tournament hosted by Indiana University - East, the Cincinnati State golf team finished second with a team score of 308.
Surge open fall season with convincing win at IU East Invitational
Richmond, IN -- The 2013 fall golf season kicked off today with great success as the Cincinnati State golf team placed first with a team score of 292 at the Indiana University-East Invitational held at Highland Lake Golf Course in Richmond, Ind.
Overall team results from today's tournament:
1. Cincinnati State - 292 total strokes
3. Miami - Hamilton - 321 total strokes
Surge finish as regional runner-up; Nickoson, Kyle tie for second place
Middletown, OH -- Cincinnati State freshmen golfers Matt Nickoson and Austin Kyle led the Surge to a runner-up finish in the NJCAA Region XII Tournament held at Weatherwax Golf Course.
Playing the three-round tournament on Weatherwax's Meadows and Woodside courses, Nickoson and Kyle tied for second place in individual play with net scores of 226. Kyle propelled himself into contention with score of 72 (E) in Saturday's second round, to go along with a 76 (+4) and 78 (+6). Nickoson shot consistent scores of 74 (+2) and a pair of 76s (+4).
Cincinnati State's freshmen tandem narrowly were defeated by Tyler Grant, who led Vincennes University (Ind.) to its second consecutive Region XII title with a 224. Grant posted scores of 75 (+3), 72 (E) and 77 (+5). The low round of the tournament belonged to VU's Jackson Cowden, who posted a 71 (-1) on his way to a fourth-place finish with a net score of 227.
"There was some impressive scoring throughout the tournament," said Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb. "VU took it to another level this weekend. I think they have what it takes to go on and bring a national title back for the region."
As a team, Vincennes won decisively over Cincinnati State and Schoolcraft College (MI) after a final round score of 307 and a three-round total of 915. With the victory, Vincennes advances to the NJCAA National Tournament held at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, N.Y.
Team Results from National Junior College Athletic Association's Region XII Golf Tournament:
1st Place - Vincennes University (309+299+307=915 total strokes)
2nd Place - Cincinnati State (312+308+324=944 total strokes)
3rd Place - Schoolcraft College (311+314+322=947 total strokes)
Region XII Medalists
1st Place - Tyler Grant (75+72+77=224 total strokes)
T-2nd Place - Austin Kyle (76+72+78=226 total strokes)
T-2nd Place - Matt Nickoson (74+76+76= 226 total strokes)
4th Place - Jackson Cowden (76+80+71=227 total strokes)
5th Place - Tyler Sloan (78+76+79= 233 total strokes)
Nickoson medals as Surge shoot low round of the spring in Laker Invite
For the Surge, the score of 309 was the team's lowest score of the spring season. Nickoson, a graduate of Taylor High School, shot his lowest round of the season, eclipsing his previous low of 75 in the first tournament of the season.
Sophomore Jake Ripberger also shot his collegiate career low with a 78. Austin Kyle finished with a 79, and Ricky Dumont rounded out the Surge scoring with an 80.
"We made tremendous strides over the last three tournaments. Our guys are playing with confidence at the right time of the season," Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb said.
Owens Community College won the event with a team score of 300, clinching the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championship.
Full Team Results for Laker Invitational:
1. Owens - 300
2. Columbus State - 305
3. Cincinnati State - 309
4. Lakeland - 323
5. Lorain - 345
Surge finish third at Lorain County Tournament
Nickoson's 76 led his team and was the third-lowest score in individual competition in extremely wet conditions at Elyria Country Club. Eric Howard followed Nickoson with an 80. Austin Kyle shot an 81, and sophomore Jake Ripberger finished with an 83. Cincinnati State finished in third place with a team score of 320.
Owens Community College won its fourth conference tournament in a row with a team score of 304. Brandon Hoelzer of Owens finished with the low round of 73 (+1).
Team Results from Lorain Invitational:
1st Place Owens Express - 304
2nd Place Columbus State Cougars - 316
3rd Place Cincinnati State Surge - 320
4th Place Lakeland Lakers - 331
5th Place Lorain Commodores - 339
Cincinnati State returns to competition on Monday in the Lakeland Laker Invitational at Little Mountain Golf Course.
Freshmen Kyle, Nickoson lead Surge in Columbus
Cincinnati State freshmen golfers Austin Kyle and Matt Nickoson led the Surge with rounds of 77 at the Columbus State Tournament held at Bent Tree Golf Club.
"When these two guys go out and shoot well in the same round, it sets the tone for the tournament," Surge head coach Scott Webb said. "They were able to do that today."
Eric Howard battled the cold and wind Sunday afternoon to shoot an 82. Ricky Dumont recorded the Surge's fourth score with a 91.
As a team, Cincinnati State finished in third place with a team score of 327. Owens Community College won the event with a combined score of 308.
Nickoson and Kyle finished in a tie for third place in individual competition. Columbus State's Ash Alstadt finished with a low round of 73 (+1).
Team Results from the Columbus State Tournament:
1. Owens - 308
2. Columbus State - 319
3. Cincinnati State - 327
4. Lakeland - 338
5. Lorain - 347
The Surge will return to action this Wednesday in a dual meet against Vincennes University at Sultan's Run Golf Course in Jasper, Ind., beginning at 8:30 am.
Howard leads Surge to victory at Miami-Hamilton Invitational
Freshman Eric Howard led the Cincinnati State golf team to victory in the Miami-Hamilton Invitational held at Hamilton-Elks Golf Course on Saturday afternoon.
Howard, who bounced back after a score of 90 on Friday, shot a 79 (+7). In extremely windy conditions, Howard's score was the lowest of all Cincinnati State players and the second-lowest in the field of 67 players. Austin Kyle followed with an 82. Matt Nickoson shot an 84, and Ricky Dumont rounded out the Surge's team score of 330 with an 85.
Miami-Hamilton Invitational Team Results:
1st Cincinnati State – 330
2nd Miami-Hamilton – 335
T- 3 Ohio University – Chillicothe – 339
T-3 University of Akron Wayne – 339
5th Ohio State University – Newark – 341
6th Clark State University – 342
7th Maimi University – Middletown – 346
Cincinnati State will return to conference competition on Sunday at the Columbus State Cougar Tournament held at Bent Tree Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio. The event is scheduled to begin at noon.
Nickoson nets 76 at OCCAC South Invitational
Nickoson capped off his round with a birdie on the 18th hole to finish with the low score in his group, beating Blaze Hogan from Owens by one stroke and Columbus State's Ash Alstadt by two.
Austin Kyle followed Nickoson with an 81. Eric Howard shot an 85, and Jake Ripberger rounded out the Surge scoring with an 88.
Owens Community College shot a team score of 292 to finish first. The Express were led by Luke Berger's 1-under 71.
Cincinnati State will return to action next Saturday at the Miami-Hamilton Invitational held at Hamilton Elks Golf Course.
Team Results from Friday's Round:
1. Owens - 292
2. Columbus State - 312
3. Lakeland - 324
4. Cincinnati State - 330
5. Lorain - 351
Kyle leads Cincinnati State scoring in rainy Surge Invitational
Freshman Austin Kyle led the Cincinnati State scoring with a 76 in the Surge Invitational held at Weatherwax Golf Course on Thursday afternoon.
The event marked the beginning of conference play and featured Owens, Columbus State, Lakeland, Lorain and host Cincinnati State. The teams played Weatherwax's Woodside course and Meadows course.
In extremely wet conditions with on-and-off rain throughout the round, Kyle shot his lowest round this season. Matt Nickoson continued his solid start to the season with a 77. Eric Howard finished with an 80, followed by Ricky Dumont and Jake Ripberger, who each shot 83.
As a team, the Surge shot a 316 and finished the event in fourth place.
Owens Community College's Blaze Hogan recorded the low round of the day with a 3-under 69. As a team, Owens tied the conference record for lowest team score in an 18-hole event with a 284.
The five OCCAC teams will return to action on Friday in the OCCAC South Tournament, which will be held on Weatherwax's Highlands and Valley View courses. The first group is scheduled to tee off at 9:30 am.
Complete team results from Surge Invitational:
1. Owens - 284
2. Columbus State - 297
3. Lakeland - 314
4. Cincinnati State - 316
5. Lorain - 344
Surge beat OU-Chillicothe in dual meet
The Cincinnati State golf team beat OU-Chillicothe 326 to 349 in Saturday's dual match.
Freshman Matt Nickoson led the Surge to victory with a 76, the low round of the day. It was the second tournament in a row that Nickoson recorded the low round for the team. After having a disappointing front nine, Eric Howard bounced back with a 38 on the back en route to an 81. Austin Kyle shot an 83, and sophomore Jake Ripberger rounded out the Surge scoring with an 85.
"As a team, we improved from the week before," Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb said. "We set the goal to putt better and improve our overall team score each week, and the guys went out and did it."
The Surge will have 11 days between matches before hosting the OCCAC South Tournament on April 11-12 at Weatherwax Golf Course. The OCCAC South Tournament marks the first conference competition of the spring season.
Nickoson finishes third, team shoots 337 in first tournament of spring
North Bend, OH -- Cincinnati State freshman Matt Nickoson opened the 2013 spring golf season with a team-low 75 (+3) to finish in third place on Saturday in the Mt. St. Joseph Spring Invitational held at Aston Oaks Golf Club.
Nickoson, a graduate from Taylor High School, was consistent throughout the afternoon, shooting 37 on the front nine and 38 on the back. A crucial point in his round came on hole No. 4, a short par-3 guarded by a lateral water hazard. After his tee shot trickled into the hazard, Nickoson managed to save bogey by converting a 15-foot putt. He went on to shoot 2-under par over his next nine holes.
"That was big for his confidence. He avoided the big number after an unfortunate bounce and went on a good stretch of holes from that point on," Surge head coach Scott Webb said.
Following Nickoson's 75 for Cincinnati State was Austin Kyle, who fought back to shoot an 81 after a three-hole stretch in which he was five over par. Ricky Dumont finished with a 90, and Eric Howard shot a 91 to round out the Surge scoring. Cincinnati State, which was the only junior college program in a field featuring twelve NCAA Div. III programs, finished in a tie for 10th place with a team score of 337.
As a team, the Surge struggled on Aston Oak's par-five holes, shooting a combined plus-20 on the afternoon.
"There were some encouraging signs today. We think Matt is a special player, and he proved it today," Webb said. "Austin showed the ability to bounce back and post a solid score after a bad string of holes. Overall, we have to improve on course management and our performance on par fives. We will work on a few things this week and look to improve on our weak points in next week's tournament in Chillicothe."
Cincinnati State will travel to the Ohio University-Chillicothe Invitational next Saturday.
Full results of MSJ Spring Invitational - http://www.golfstat.com/live/final/DM2271.htm
Bialecki finishes third at NJCAA National Championship
Cincinnati State’s Josh Bialecki placed third in the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association National Golf Tournament held this week at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, N.Y.
Bialecki, a sophomore from Toledo, Ohio, shot a final-round score of 76 (+4) for a tournament total of 297 (+9). Entering the final round with the lead, Rockland Community College’s Colby Lewis, who played alongside Bialecki, shot a 75 (+3) and finished in second place with a 293 (+3). Monroe Community College’s Shane Dobesh won the tournament with a final round of 71 (-1) and a tournament total of 290 (+2).
"I did not have a strong finish, but I had a great time playing with Colby," Bialecki said. "Overall, this week has been a great experience."
By placing in the top five, Bialecki was named a 1st Team NJCAA All-American. It marked the second consecutive year Bialecki was named to the All-American team.
"It was a great year for Josh. He is one of the best players we have ever had in my 16 years of coaching," Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb said. "His work ethic and attitude on and off the course sets the bar high for future players."
For complete individual standings of the NJCAA Golf National Championship, please visit - http://www.sunyjcc.edu/files/RD4PLAY-TIEBROKE.txt
Bialecki qualifies for NJCAA National Tournament; team falls by one in regional tournament
Cincinnati State sophomore Josh Bialecki finished first in individual competition at the NJCAA Region XII Tournament held at Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon.
Bialecki, whose team lost by one stroke to Vincennes University, finished his final round with a 76 while completing a three-round total of 224 to win the tournament by nine strokes. Shelby Stewart, Ryan Reedy and Mike Molt from Vincennes finished in a tie for second with tournament totals of 233. Cincinnati State's Danny Gravett finished in fifth with a 234 total.
With the win in the regional tournament, Bialecki qualifies to compete as an individual at the NJCAA National Tournament for the second consecutive year.
"I can't wait to compete and represent my team at nationals," Bialecki said. "It has been an incredible two years with this group of guys and I want to cap it off with a great performance."
Here are the final standings of the regional tournament:
1st Vincennes University (307 + 311 + 322 = 940 total strokes)
2nd Cincinnati State Community College (323 + 301 + 317 = 941 total strokes)
3rd Schoolcraft Community College (329 + 320 + 328 = 977 total strokes)
1st Josh Bialecki (79 + 69 + 76 = 223 total strokes)
T-2Shelby Stewart (74 + 76 = 233 total strokes)
T-2Ryan Reedy (74 + 79 = 233 total strokes)
T-2 Mike Molt (76 + 79 = 233 total strokes)
5th Danny Gravett (78 + 77 + 79 = 234 total strokes)
"Today was highly competitive. Josh's accomplishments this week have been gratification for his two years of hard work at Cincinnati State," Surge head coach Scott Webb said. "As a team, we fell a little short of our goals, but we look forward to supporting Josh at nationals."
Bialecki will have three weeks to prepare before traveling to the NJCAA National Tournament, which begins on June 5. This year's tournament is held at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, N.Y.
Gravett wins in playoff as Surge claim OCCAC Tournament
APRIL 7, 2012 -- Cincinnati State sophomore Danny Gravett placed first individually while leading his team to victory at the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Tournament held at Belmont Country Club on Monday afternoon.
Due to heavy morning rainfall, the traditional 36 holes played at the OCCAC Championship was shortened to an 18-hole tournament.
The Surge, which won the event by one stroke over Columbus State Community College, shot a team score of 308. In addition to Gravett's tournament-low 74, Lasalle graduate Matt Steins shot a 77, followed by Evan Bryan's 78 and Josh Bialecki's 79.
For Gravett, a graduate from the School for Creative & Performing Arts, the performance at today's tournament marked the first time he finished first in collegiate tournament play.
"It feels great. We really couldn't believe he won and couldn't be more proud. He hasn't won a tournament since he was a little kid," Gravett's father, Doug, said after his son made the winning put on the fourth hole of the sudden death playoff.
Here are the overall team results from Monday’s tournament:
1st Cincinnati State Community College (308 strokes)
2nd Columbus State Community College (309 strokes)
3rd Owens Community College (316 strokes)
4th Lakeland Community College (323 strokes)
5th Lorain Community College (351 strokes)
Cincinnati State next will compete in the National Junior College Region XII Tournament on May 12-13 at Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown, Ohio, with a chance to qualify for the NJCAA National Tournament for the third consecutive year.
Bialecki shoots 74 as Surge win Miami-Middletown Tournament
Cincinnati State’s Josh Bialecki shot the lowest individual score as the Cincinnati State golf team claimed first place with an overall team score of 310 in the Miami-Middletown Tournament held at Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown, Ohio, on Saturday afternoon.
In addition to Bialecki’s 74, Matt Stiens shot a 77. Danny Gravett finished with a 78, followed by Evan Bryan’s 81 to round out Cincinnati State’s four lowest scores. The non-conference event had to be moved to Weatherwax Golf Course due to unplayable conditions at Wildwood Golf Club.
Here are the overall team results from Saturday’s tournament:
1st Cincinnati State Community College (310 strokes)
2nd Miami-Hamilton University (320 strokes)
3rd Ohio State University-Lima (324 strokes)
4th Ohio University-Zanesville (329 strokes)
5th Ohio University-Chillicothe (331 strokes)
6th Kent State-Tuscarawas University (338 strokes)
7th Miami-Middletown University (358 strokes)
“It feels good to play well. I am starting to consistently play the way I want to," Bialecki, a sophomore from Toledo, Ohio, said. "As a team, we all shot solid rounds, which is great considering the fact that we will see this course again during the regional tournament."
Cincinnati State next will travel to Perrysburg, Ohio, for the Owens Express Invitational on Sunday, May 6, followed by the 36-hole Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Championship on Monday, May 7. Both tournaments will be played at Belmont Country Club.
The Surge will return to Weatherwax for the Regional Tournament Championship held on May 12-13.
Surge place third at Laker Invitational
The Cincinnati State golf team placed third place with a team score of 320 in Friday's Laker Invitational hosted by Lakeland Community College at Little Mountain Golf Course in Concord, Ohio.
Cincinnati State was led by sophomore Josh Bialecki, who shot a 75. Evan Bryan finished with an 80, followed by Matt Stiens, a LaSalle graduate, who shot 81. Jake Ripberger and Danny Gravett tied for the team's fourth-lowest score at 84.
Here are the overall team results from today’s tournament:
T-1st place: Columbus State Community College (313 strokes)
T-1st place: Owens Community College (313 strokes)
3rd place: Cincinnati State Community College (320 strokes)
4th place: Lakeland Community College (340 strokes)
Ash Alstadt from Columbus State Community College shot a tournament-low 74. Bialecki's 75 put him in a tie for second place with Owens Community College's Luke Berger and Kyle Simmons.
Cincinnati State next will play in a non-league match hosted by Miami-Middletown on Saturday afternoon. Held at Wildwood Golf Course in Middletown, Ohio, the tournament is set to begin at 1 p.m.
Gravett shoots 73 as Surge finish third in Lorain Invitational
Here are the overall team results from today’s tournament:
1st place: Columbus State Community College (286 strokes)
2nd place: Owens Community College (301 strokes)
3rd place: Cincinnati State Community College (310 strokes)
4th place: Lakeland Community College (316 strokes)
5th place: Lorain Community College ( 352 strokes)
With rainy conditions and temperatures in the upper 40s, Cincinnati State's Danny Gravett shot his collegiate career best of 73, breaking his previous mark of 74, which he shot two weeks prior to today's tournament. Josh Bialecki followed Gravett with a 78. Evan Bryan, a Mason High School graduate, shot 79. Matt Stiens, who returned to the team after spending the early part of the week in the hospital, shot an 80 to round out the lowest four scores for the team.
Columbus State's first-place finish was highlighted by Ash Alstadt, who shot the tournament-low round of 69, and Lance Clark, who recorded a hole-in-one on the 13th hole.
Cincinnati State will continue conference play on Friday morning in the Lakeland Community College Invitational held at Little Mountain Golf Course in Concord, Ohio. The first group is scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m.
Cincinnati State finishes third at Northstar Golf Club
In nearly 30-mph winds on a links-style course, Cincinnati State sophomore Josh Bialecki shot the team's low round with an 81, which included a 37 on the back nine. Danny Gravett finished with an 83, followed by Evan Bryan's 84 and Matt Stiens's score of 93.
Here are the overall team results from today’s tournament:
1st place: Owens Community College (319 strokes)
2nd place: Columbus State Community College (329 strokes)
3rd place: Cincinnati State Community College (341 strokes)
4th place: Lakeland Community College (357 strokes)
5th place: Lorain Community College ( 395 strokes)
"The conditions were incredibly tough today and will mold all of us into tougher players. I am really proud of our guys for hanging in there and posting solid scores," Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb said.
Darren Gessner of Owens Community College shot the tournament-low round of 77.
Cincinnati State next will travel to Elyria, Ohio, to compete in the Lorain Community College Invitational held at Elyria Country Club on Thursday, April 26. The first group is scheduled to tee off at 1 p.m.
Cincinnati State places second in OCCAC South Tournament
APRIL. 13, 2012 -- The Cincinnati State golf team finished in second place in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference South Tournament held Friday at Middletown’s Weatherwax Golf Course.
A total of five strokes separated the top three teams, as the Surge bested Owens Community College by one stroke and fell to Columbus State Community College by four.
"Today was incredibly tight. It is an eye opener for all of the players that one stroke can really make all the difference on any given day," said Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb.
Here are the overall team results from today’s tournament:
1st place: Columbus State Community College (306 strokes)
2nd place: Cincinnati State Community College (310 strokes)
3rd place: Owens Community College (311 strokes)
4th place: Vincennes University (332 strokes)
5th place: Lakeland Community College (344 strokes)
6th place: Lorain Community College (386 strokes)
Danny Gravett shot a team-best 74, which placed third in the individual standings as well as marking Gravett's collegiate career low. Josh Bialecki followed Gravett with a 78. LaSalle graduate Matt Stiens and Turpin Hills product Wheeler Renfro each shot 79.
"We are playing well as a team," said Gravett, a graduate of Cincinnati’s School for the Creative & Performing Arts. "For me, personally, it is good to get off to a good start this season. I just want to keep contributing every time I tee it up."
Ash Alstadt of Columbus State shot the low round of the tournament with an even-par 72. Alstadt also was the low scorer in Thursday’s Cincinnati State Invitational at Browns Run Country Club in Middletown.
Cincinnati State will return to action in a non-league event on Saturday, April 14 in the Miami-Middletown Invitational held at Wildwood Golf Club in Middletown. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
Surge finish in second place in Cincinnati State Invitational
APRIL. 12, 2012 -- The host team finished in second place in the Cincinnati State Invitational, held Thursday afternoon at Browns Run Country Club in Middletown, Ohio. Cincinnati State's four lowest-scoring golfers finished with a combined team score of 311, 10 strokes behind first-place Columbus State Community College.
Here are the overall team results from today’s tournament:
1st place: Columbus State Community College (301 strokes)
2nd place: Cincinnati State Community College (311 strokes)
3rd place: Owens Community College (314 strokes)
4th place: Vincennes University (344 strokes)
5th place: Lakeland Community College (351 strokes)
6th place: Lorain Community College (378 strokes)
Danny Gravett, a Cincinnati local from the School of Creative & Performing Arts, finished in third place individually with a 75. Josh Bialecki finished in a tie for fourth with a 77. Wheeler Renfro, a Turpin Hills graduate, shot a 78. Evan Bryan, a Mason High School product, recorded an 80.
Columbus State’s Ash Alstadt finished with the low round of the tournament with a 4-under 68.
“It was a great day to open up league play. We had great weather and great golf. Our guys played well. We all congratulate Ash on a great round,” Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb said.
Cincinnati State will return to action on Friday, April 13 in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference South Tournament held at Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown, Ohio. The tournament is set to start at 9 a.m.
Cincinnati State poised for another successful golf season
The Cincinnati State golf team is preparing to open its season with hopes of making its third consecutive trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament.Cincinnati State returns four players from the team that finished third at the 2011 NJCAA national tournament. The veteran lineup features:
This year's freshmen class includes Wheeler Renfro, a graduate of Turpin Hills High School, and Jake Ripberger, who graduated from Campbell County High School in Alexandria, Ky. Both freshmen shot in the 70s during a non-league tournament hosted by Miami University-Hamilton last week. Renfro finished with the low round of the tournament, posting an individual score of 70.
• Danny Gravett, a graduate of the School for Creative and Performing Arts
• Matt Stiens, a graduate of LaSalle High School
• Cody Ivy, a Mississippi native
• Josh Bialecki, a Toledo resident who returns to the team after earning NJCAA All-American honors in 2011
Scott Webb, head coach of the Cincinnati State golf team, said he believes this squad has the potential to compete for a national title.
"We have had a number of great players come through our program. Josh has the talent, ability and opportunity to accomplish more than any other golfer who has worn the Cincinnati State uniform,” Webb said. “When I look at this year's team, with Josh as well as Danny, Matt and Cody providing leadership, I feel really confident we can compete and win a national championship."
Webb said he was particularly encouraged by the team’s early performance during its preseason scrimmages.
"At Miami-Hamilton, we shot a 292. No team has ever shot a 292 in my 16 seasons as coach,” he noted. “It is early in the year, but the score really shows how good we are and what we are capable of accomplishing."
Cincinnati State won the non-league event by 27 strokes.
On April 12, the Surge will begin league play as it hosts the Cincinnati State Invitational at Browns Run Country Club in Middletown. The tournament is scheduled to begin at noon.
Surge compete at NCR Country Club
OCT. 17, 2011 -- The Cincinnati State golf team had the rare chance this past week to do something that few NJCAA Division III teams get to do -- compete in the University of Dayton, NCAA Division I Golf Invitational. The event was held on Sunday (practice round), Monday and Tuesday at the legendary NCR Country Club, which has hosted the PGA Championship, U.S. Women's Open and the U.S. Senior Open.
In the opening round, Cincinnati State was paired with Butler University of the Horizon League and the University of Evansville of the Missouri Valley Conference. The Surge held their own, firing a team score of 328. Leading the squad was sophomore Danny Gravett with a 78.
"We were nervous, as you can imagine, off the first tee, but the guys hung in there and played very well," Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb said. "We should have finished a little stronger, but a few of our players finished their rounds with big numbers, but, overall, I am proud of the way they performed."
During the second round, the team was paired with Valparaiso University, also of the Horizon League, and Western Kentucky of the Sun Belt Conference. The Surge bettered their first day score by three shots with a team total of 325. Leading the Surge in round two were sophomores Matt Stiens and Josh Bialecki, who each shot a round of 80.
Cincinnati State was up against a strong challenge, as all of the teams from the NCAA schools were loaded with juniors and seniors. The Surge finished in 15th place, beating Owens Community College, the only other junior college team in the field.
"We knew we were up against the best, and to just be here with them was an honor," Webb said. "This event was like playing in the Super Bowl for us, and that chance comes very rarely."
The Surge will host the Cincinnati State Fall Invitational on Oct. 28 to finish out their successful fall schedule.
Cincinnati State's Bryan finishes first at Ohio Dominican's Kisor Golf Classic
SEPT. 15, 2011 -- Freshman Evan Bryan (Mason High School) was the medalist in individual play at the Ohio Dominican Kisor Classic after beating out Ash Alstadt of Columbus State on the second playoff hole. Bryan shot 77 and 71 in the 36-hole tournament at Cumberland Trail Golf Course while playing in unseasonably low temperatures and a cold morning rain.
As a team, Cincinnati finished fifth with a team score of 655. In addition to Columbus State and host Ohio Dominican University, the tournament featured numerous NCAA Division III programs, including Cedarville University, Otterbein University, Notre Dame College and Indiana East University.
"We played well. We use our fall season as a tuneup for the spring, but it is encouraging to see some of our guys shoot low in tough conditions," head coach Scott Webb said. "The conditions in this tournament were very similar to what it will be like to play when our spring season begins, and we're competing to go back to nationals."
In addition to Bryan's top-notch performance, Cincinnati State sophomore Matt Stiens (La Salle High School) finished in a tie for 20th with an 81 and an 83. The Surge will return back to action at the Owens Invitational on Monday, Oct. 10.
For complete results of the ODU Kisor Classic, please visit - http://ohiodominicanpanthers.com/sports/mgolf/2011-12/files/RD2Combined_-_ODU.pdf
Surge finish fourth at Vincennes Fall Invitational
SEPT. 12, 2011 -- Cincinnati State kicked off its fall season by traveling to Vincennes, Ind., to compete against Danville Area CC, Oklahoma City, Kaskaskia, Brescia and host Vincennes University.
In the first form of competition since last year's NJCAA National Tournament, sophomores Danny Gravett and Josh Bialecki finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Gravett shot consistently, posting 76 on both days of the event. Bialecki shot a 75 and a 78.
Cincinnati State finished with a team total of 631 over the two-day event, which was good for fourth place. The Surge will compete in the Ohio Dominican Invitational beginning on Sept. 15.
Cincinnati State golf comes in third in NJCAA D-III National Tournament, marking best result in program history
JUNE 10, 2011 -- The Cincinnati State golf team had its best result in the program's history, finishing third out of 13 teams in the NJCAA Division III National Tournament.
Cincinnati State entered the final day with a three-stroke lead over Monroe Community College (N.Y.) and looked to duplicate the success of the 209 team score that the Surge had recorded the day before. Unfortunately, the two-time defending champions from Monroe had other plans, as the team shot a tournament team score low of 294 and a four-day total of 1,216 as they ran away from the Surge and everyone else in the fourth and final round. Rock Valley Community College shot a 303 final-round score to finish in second place with a four day total of 1,227. The Surge finished with a total score of 1,228 after a final team round of 309.
"Last year, we finished fifth," head coach Scott Webb said. "While we wanted to close the deal today, our guys should feel proud. This is the best finish that Cincinnati State has ever had."
Sophomore Blake Harpenau shot a 76 in the final round of the tournament and had a four-day total of 298, finishing second in individual competition. Claiming the first-place honor and leading Monroe to a three-peat title run was Alex Mckee, who bested Harpenau by one stroke over the four days with a final round of 72 and a four-day score of 297. Cincinnati State's Josh Bialecki also shot a 76 in the final round and finished in a tie for 15th in individual competition. Danny Gravett shot a 79 an finished in a tie for 19th. Connor Stookey finished in a tie for 26th with a 78 in the final round. Willem Van Den Berg, a native of South Africa, finished in a tie for 41st.
This marks the third time in the 2010-2011 athletic year that Cincinnati State has sent a team to the NJCAA National Tournament. (Men's Soccer & Women's Basketball)
Surge earn second consecutive trip to national tournament
MAY 8, 2011 (Middletown, Ohio) -- The Cincinnati State golf team advanced to the NJCAA National Championships for the second consecutive year this past weekend by winning the Region XII Golf Championships by five strokes over Vincennes University and Schoolcraft College. The event was played at Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown, Ohio, and was a 54-hole championship. Cincinnati State was tied for the lead with Vincennes after the first 18 holes, while Schoolcraft trailed by 11. Cincinnati State fired a school-record 294 in round two, while Vincennes shot 311 and Schoolcraft 317. Vincennes, a 2008 and 2009 National Championship qualifier, shot a very impressive 301 in the third and final round but came up just short as Cincinnati State clinched the event by shooting a steady 313. The final totals for the event were Cincinnati State 909, Vincennes University 914 and Schoolcraft College 958.
Cincinnati State placed its first three players on the NJCAA All-Region Team (top 5 players in the event), including tournament medalist Connor Stookey, who shot 72-71-78=221. NJCAA All-American and 2010 "OCCAC Player of the Year" Blake Harpenau shot 76-72-77=225. First-year player Josh Bialecki was third in the event with a 75-73-78=226.
The Surge will compete for the national championship the week of June 6-10 at the Chautauqua Country Club in Chautauqua, N.Y. Head coach Scott Webb was named NJCAA Region XII Coach of the Year.
Cincinnati State finishes second in OCCAC
MAY 3, 2011 -- The Columbus State Golf Team continued its 2011 league success by taking the OCCAC Championship and also winning outright the OCCAC league title over second-place Cincinnati State. The event was held in Perrysburg, Ohio, at Belmont Country Club on a soggy and cool day.
Columbus State fired a team score of 626 (320-306), which placed it ahead of Cincinnati State 634 (325-309), Owens 639 (329-309) and Lakeland 726 (371-355).
Andy Henehan of Columbus State won the event, posting a 78 and 74 in the two rounds. Josh Biakecki of Cincinnati State was second, shooting a 78 and a 75.
Columbus State, Owens and Lakeland move on to the NJCAA Division II, Region 12 event held at Bedford Valley Golf Course on Sunday and Monday. Cincinnati State will host the NJCAA Division III, Region 12 event in Middletown, Ohio, at Weatherwax Golf Course on Sunday and Monday.
Final OCCAC Standings
OCCAC names two Surge players to first team
Josh Bialecki and Blake Harpenau were named to the OCCAC All-League First Team after playing standout golf in the 2011 season. Bialecki shot a Cincinnati State team low of 424 strokes in six rounds of competition. Sophomore Blake Harpenau followed with a total of 428 strokes.
The OCCAC Golf "Player of the Year" was as close as it has ever, as three players tied after all events with the same total score. Those players were Ben Tuttle and Drew Leopold of Columbus State and Bialecki of Cincinnati State.
All players went to the first hole and all hit the green on their second shot on the 420-yard par 4. Tuttle and Leopold both two-putted, and Bialecki lipped out a two footer to put him out of the playoff.
OCCAC Golf All-League First Team
1. Ben Tuttle - Columbus State
2. Drew Leopold - Columbus State
2. Josh Bialecki - Cincinnati State
4. Andy Henehan - Columbus State
5. Blake Harpenau - Cincinnati State
Harpenau's 73 ties for low round of tournament
APRIL 16, 2011 -- On a very cold, wet and windy day, the Cincinnati State golf team fired a team score of 312 in a play five, count four format en route to a second-place finish. AU Wayne shot a 311 to win the event at Wildwood Golf Club in Middletown, Ohio.
Blake Harpenau fired an impressive 73 and tied for the low round of the event. Connor Stookey shot 78, as did Josh Bialecki. Tyler Hutson shot 83, and Danny Gravett shot 84. Playing as an individual for the Surge were Willem Van den Berg, who fired a 78, Justin King, who recorded an 84, and Matt Stiens, who came in with an 86.
Cincinnati State currently stands second in the league standings behind Columbus State.
Harpenau named OCCAC Player of Week
APRIL 15, 2011 -- Sophomore Blake Harpenau earned OCCAC Player of the Week honors after impressive performances in harsh, early season conditions. Harpenau totaled a league-low 115 strokes during the first two events. Harpenau shot a 79 and then a 36 in a down pour at the shortened tournament at Columbus State.
Surge begin preparation to recapture last year's success
The 2011 spring golf season should prove to be an interesting and rewarding one for Cincinnati State, which will try to build off of the success of last year's national tournament qualifying team. This year's version of the Surge once again will be taking on OCCAC and NJCAA Division III competition with a team consisting of returning sophomores Blake Harpenau and Connor Stookey as well as incoming freshmen Daniel Gravett (Cincinnati School of Performing Arts) and Matt Stiens (LaSalle).
"I think from top to bottom we are even better than last year's team," head coach Scott Webb said.
The golf team will return to action on Friday, March 25 (1 p.m.) and Saturday, April 2 (12 p.m.) in scrimmages against Schoolcraft CC and Lakeland CC.
Surge finish strong in national championship
The Cincinnati State golf team placed fifth in a field of 13 schools in the national championship held in early June at the Chautauqua Country Club in western New York.
Monroe Community College from Rochester, N.Y., the defending champs, won the tournament again this year with a team score of 1,217 over four days of play.
Picture - Cincinnati State golf team celebrating Regional Championship
(Right to Left) Chris Endres, Tyler Hutson, Connor Stookey, Brian Warken, Adam Endres, Jamie Detellem, Blake Harpenau, Ian Pratts, Head Coach Scott Webb
Cincinnati State finished with a team score of 1,245, behind Rock Valley College (1,223), Sandhills Community College (1,231) and Nassau Community College (1,244).
The 2010 Cincinnati State golf team features five first-year players and three returning players from the 2009 squad, including team captains (and brothers) Chris Endres and Adam Endres and newcomer Blake Harpenau.
In the national tournament, Harpenau was the team’s low scorer with a four-day total of 304, followed by Brian Warken (307), Connor Stookey (323) and the Endres brothers (325 each).
The Surge made it to the four-day National Junior College Athletic Association National Championships in dramatic fashion, winning the Region 12 contest in late May by one stroke.
It took birdies by three members of the Cincinnati State team on the final hole at Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown to pull off the regional victory over a hard-charging Vincennes University. Harpenau led the Surge with a 78-78-75 (231) in windy, cold conditions. Adam Endres fired a 78-75-79 (232); Stookey shot 78-79-81 (238). All three players were named to the NJCAA All-Region Team. Also scoring for Cincinnati State were Warken 78-83-82 (243), Chris Endres 84-89-83 (256), Tyler Hutson 82-96-86 (264), Ian Prats 85-85-82 (252) and Jamie Detellem 82-88-85 (255).
Head Coach Scott Webb, currently in his 14th season at Cincinnati State, called this team “one of the best I have had."
Harpenau was named the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He averaged a score of 74 throughout the season, and recorded the low round of the year, a 68. He is one of two players to receive the award in Coach Webb's 14 years at Cincinnati State.
Webb, for his part, received Region XII Coach of the Year honors from the NJCAA.
Click below links for related news arrticles:
Defending Champs Hold Slim Lead in Golf Nationals, The Post-Journal, June 9, 2010
Monroe Completes Nationals Repeat, The Post-Journal, June 12, 2010
Warken and Harpenau named NJCAA All-Americans
JUNE, 2010 - Cincinnati State golfers Blake Harpenau and Brian Warken earned All-American honors after a standout 2010 season which ended with the Surge placing 5th in the NJCAA National Tournament.
Blake Harpenau's overall season average was 76.21 (1st in OCCAC) and his average at the national tournament was 76.00 which ranked 10th overall in individual competition. His low score of the year was a 4-under par 68 at the Columbus State tournament held at Northstar Golf Club. The 68 was the lowest in Cincinnati State golf history.
Brian Warken's overall season average was an 80.33 and his average at the national tournament was 76.75 which ranked 14th in individual competition. He recorded his best score of 74 on the national stage in the NJCAA Tournament at Chautauqua Golf Club.
Cincinnati State All-Americans
Cincinnati State is proud to have five All-Americans. To become an All-American, you must qualify for the NJCAA National Championships as a individual or as a part of a team. You must then place amongst the top 15 players in the National Championships. In 2011, Blake Harpenau earned First Team All-American status by placing in a tie for second in the 2011 NJCAA National Championships.
- Blake Harpenau - All-American 2010, 2011
- Josh Bialecki - All-American 2011
- Brian Warken - All-American 2010
- Joe Morris - All-American 2006
- Mike Auterson - All-American 2004
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Team Results from National Junior College Athletic Association's Region XII Golf Tournament:
1st Place - Vincennes University (309+299+307=915 total strokes)
2nd Place - Cincinnati State (312+308+324=944 total strokes)
3rd Place - Schoolcraft College (311+314+322=947 total strokes)
T-2nd Place - Matt Nickoson (74+76+76= 226 total strokes)