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Team Driver Eddie Blankenship, Anthony DiPaolo, George Rimes
Back Row (L-R): Assistant Coach Zach Underwood, Nick Pae, Pat Kaveekijpanukul, John Blomstrom, Head Coach Bobby Cala


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May 5, 20 14  Lakeland Golf Closes Out Regular Season at Owens Invitational

PERRYSBURG, Ohio – The Lakeland Community College men’s golf team secured a fourth place finish in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) final regular season standings despite a fifth place showing at the league’s final tournament of the season.  Sophomore George Rimes (Madison, Ohio / Madison) led the way with an 84 while three other Lakers posted an 88.

Freshman Nick Pae (Geneva, Ohio / Geneva) ended the regular season with a team-best 82.17 scoring average, good for 15th in the OCCAC.  Rimes finished closely behind in 16th with an 82.33 average.

Owens Community College’s Brendan Hoelzer was named OCCAC Player of the Year while Josh Williams was selected as OCCAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Express to the conference title.

Owens Invitational
Team (Place) [Points] Owens (1) [5] Cincinnati State (2) [4] Columbus State (3) [3]  Lorain County (4) [2]  Lakeland (5) [1] 
Score 300 305 306 340 342

Team (Place) [Points] Owens (1) [29] Cincinnati State (2) [24] Columbus State (3) [19]  Lakeland (4) [10]  Lorain County (5) [8] 

April 21, 2014 Lakeland Golf Shows Steady Improvement at Columbus State Invitational

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Lakeland Community College men’s golf team shaved 15 strokes off its score from the OCCAC Southern Invitational to finish in fourth place at the Columbus State Invitational at Bent Tree Golf Club on Monday afternoon.  The Lakers posted a cumulative score of 316 to finish nine shots behind third-place Cincinnati State and 15 clear of fifth-place Lorain County.  Pat Kaveekijpanukul fired a season-best 75, just two strokes from matching a career round, to finish tied for seventh individually while George Rimes (79) and Nick Pae (80) finished 15th and tied for 16th, respectively.

Through the first three events of the season, Lakeland remains in fourth place with six points.  Owens (14), Cincinnati State (12), and Columbus State (10) hold the top three spots with five tournaments left to play.  On Sunday the Lakers travel to Elyria for the Lorain County Invitational at Elyria Country Club before hosting the Lakeland Invitational on Monday (April 28) at Quail Hollow Country Club.

Columbus State Invitational
Team (Place) [Points] Owens (1) [5] Columbus State (2) [4] Cincinnati State (3) [3]  Lakeland (4) [2]  Lorain County (5) [1] 
Score 295 298 307 316 331

April 14, 2014  Men’s Golf Places Fourth in OCCAC Opener

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Lakeland Community College men’s golf team opened the conference season with a fourth place finish at both the Cincinnati State Invitational and the OCCAC Southern Invitational at Weatherwax Golf Course over the weekend.  Freshman Nick Pae (Geneva, Ohio / Geneva) paced the Lakers with scores of 79 and 83, finishing eighth individually and seven strokes off the leader on day one.

Through the first two tournaments of the young season, Owens and Cincinnati State are tied atop the conference with nine points, followed by Columbus State (6), Lakeland (4), and Lorain County (2).

The Lakers are back in action on Monday (April 21) when they participate in the Columbus State Invitational at Bent Tree Golf Course.

Cincinnati State Invitational
Team (Place) [Points] Cincinnati State (1) [5] Owens (2) [4] Columbus State (3) [3]  Lakeland (4) [2]  Lorain County (5) [1] 
Score 305 307 316 333 338

OCCAC Southern Invitational

Team (Place) [Points] Owens (1) [5] Cincinnati State (2) [4] Columbus State (3) [3]  Lakeland (4) [2]  Lorain County (5) [1] 
Score 309 316 321 331 352

February 4, 2014 
Lakeland Golf Opens Season April 12

KIRTLAND, Ohio – The Lakeland Community College men’s golf team officially opens the season on Saturday, April 12 but will spend a week in Hickory Knob, South Carolina in mid-March as a part of their spring training plans.  The Lakers embark on Hickory Knob Resort on Saturday, March 8 for a week of practice before the season opener in Cincinnati one month later.

Lakeland returns to Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown, Ohio for the Cincinnati State Invitational (April 12) and OCCAC Southern Invitational (April 13) to kick off the year.  The annual Lakeland Invitational will take place on Monday, April 28 at Quail Hollow Country Club in Concord, Ohio. 

The final weekend of play takes place at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg, Ohio with the Owens Invitational on May 4 and the OCCAC Ryder Cup Tournament one day later.  Individuals and teams who qualify will compete at the Region XII Tournament at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek, Michigan on May 12-13. 

Full Schedule

October 13, 2013 
Lakers Wrap Up Fall Season with Lourdes Invitational

AURORA, Ohio – Freshman Nick Pae shot a six-over 78 to finish tied for seventh at the annual Lourdes Invitational, marking the conclusion of the fall season for the Lakeland Community College men’s golf team.  Pae led the Lakers for the third consecutive tournament and finished six shots behind tournament winner Blaze Hogan of Owens Community College.

Pat Kaveekijpanukul and Austin Terry carded an 81 and 84, respectively, while John Blomstrom shot a 104.  Collectively, LCC posted a team score of 347.

For complete results, click here.

October 4, 2013  |  Pae Leads Lakeland Golf at Owens Fall Invitational

TOLEDO, Ohio –
Freshman Nick Pae fired a team-best 77 to pace the Lakeland Community College men’s golf team in the Owens Fall Invitational held Friday morning at Heather Downs Country Club.  The Lakers carded a team score of 335, good for 13th overall.

Owens Community College, the defending conference and regional champions, posted a team score of 287 to claim the tournament title.  Ohio Northern University’s Brandon Lambert finished in first place individually after two playoff holes were needed to break a three-way tie. 

Pat Kaveekijpanukul and John Blomstrom carded matching-84’s while Austin Terry posted an 89. 

The Lakers return to action on Sunday, October 13 when they compete in the Lourdes Invitational for their final tournament of the fall season.

September 17, 2013  | 
Lakeland Golf Finishes Eighth at John Carroll Invitational

Complete Results

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio – Competing in its first tournament of the fall season, the Lakeland golf team finished six strokes ahead of Heidelberg University to grab eighth place in the annual John Carroll Invitational held Monday at Shaker Heights Country Club.

Freshman Nick Pae posted a team-best 82 to finish tied for 31st individually.  Sophomore Pat Kaveekijpanukul followed closely behind with an 83, good for 35th place.  Newcomers Austin Terry and John Blomstrom fired matching 88’s to finish tied for 41st.  Collectively, the Lakers posted a team score of 341.

John Carroll University claimed the team title with a score of 303 thanks to consistent scores in the 70’s.  Baldwin-Wallace University and Capitol University finished second and third, respectively.

Lakeland returns to action on Friday, October 4 when it travels to Toledo for the Owens Fall Invitational hosted by Owens Community College.

Men's GolfApril 5, 2013  | 
Golf Finishes Third at Owens Invitational, Sends Three to Regionals

Player Score 
Pat 78
Sanford 84
Schuster 85
DiPaolo 94
Girona 99

PERRYSBURG, Ohio – Lakeland golf wound up in the third place at the Owens Invitational with a team score of 341 and will send its top three finishers from the tournament to regionals in Battle Creek, Michigan next weekend.  Pat Kaveekijpanukul carded a team-best 78 to finish tied for second individually en route to a Second Team All-OCCAC selection.  The freshman was the only Laker to earn all-conference honors and finished eighth in the OCCAC with a 78.5 average for the season.

Thomas Sanford and Scott Schuster will join him in the Region XII tournament as individual qualifiers after shooting an 84 and 85, respectively, on Sunday.  Sanford finished 11th individually while Schuster was tied for 12th. 

The trio will begin the tournament with a practice round on Sunday, May 12 before playing 54 holes over the course of two days at Bedford Valley Golf Club. 

Team (Place) [Points] Owens (1) [5] Columbus State(2) [4] Lakeland (3) [3]  Cincinnati State (4) [2]  Lorain County (5) [1] 
Score 310 317 341 347 367

April 29, 2013  | 
Golf Hosts Annual Lakeland Invitational
Player Score 
Pat 73
Girona 79
Sanford 84
Morrison  88
DiPaolo 89
Schuster 91

Scott SchusterCONCORD, Ohio The Lakeland men’s golf program hosted their annual conference outing on Monday afternoon at Little Mountain Country Club.  Pat Kaveekijpanukul shot a career-best 73 to finish tied for second overall in the individual standings.  Sophomore Rick Girona carded a 79, his second round of the year in the 70’s, to finish second on the team and tied for 12th place overall.

Collectively, the Lakers shot a 324 to finish in fourth place behind Owens, Columbus State, and Cincinnati State.  Owens clinched the conference title with their fifth straight tournament win.
Team (Place) [Points] Owens (1) [5] Columbus State(2) [4] Cincinnati State (3) [3]  Lakeland (4) [2]  Lorain County (5) [1] 
Score 300 305 309 324 345

April 21, 2013  | 
Sanford Paces Lakeland Golf at Columbus State Invitational
Player Score 
Sanford 81
Pat 83
Schuster 84
Girona 89
DiPaolo 93
Korb  95

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Thomas Sanford finished tied for ninth place individually after carding a team-best 81 on Sunday afternoon at Bent Tree Golf Club.  Collectively, Lakeland finished fourth with a team score of 338, 11 shots behind third-place Cincinnati State.  Owens finished first for the third straight tournament with a team score of 308 while Columbus State finished second with a 312.

Through three conference tournaments this season Lakeland sits in third place with eight points, one point clear of fourth place Cincinnati State.  On Sunday (April 28), Lorain County will host its annual tournament at Elyria Country Club followed by the Lakeland Invitational on Monday at Little Mountain Country Club.

Team (Place) [Points] Owens (1) [5] Columbus State(2) [4] Cincinnati State (3) [3]  Lakeland (4) [2]  Lorain County (5) [1] 
Score 308 319 327 338 355

April 12, 2013  | 
Lakers Match Thursday Showing, Finish Third at OCCAC Southern Tournament
Player Score 
Girona 78
Pat 78
Sanford 79
Schuster 89
DiPaolo 90
Korb  94

The Lakeland men’s golf team finished third at the annual Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Southern Tournament, mirroring Thursday’s result and moving up two spots from a year ago.  The Lakers are currently third in the conference standings and will return to action on Sunday (April 21) when they head to Columbus for the Columbus State Tournament at Bent Tree Golf Club.

Rick Girona and Pat Kaneekijpanukul each carded a 78 to finish tied for 10th individually while Thomas Sanford finished a shot back in a tie for 12th.  Collectively, Lakeland posted a team score of 324 to finish six shots clear of fifth-place Cincinnati State.

The Lakers shaved 20 strokes off their score from a year ago, when they shot a 344 to finish in fifth place. 

Team (Place) [Points] Owens (1) [5] Columbus State(2) [4] Lakeland (3) [3]  Cincinnati State (4) [2]  Lorain County (5) [1] 
Score 292 312 324 330 351

April 11, 2013  | 
Lakeland Golf Finishes Third at Cincinnati State Tournament
Player Score 
Schuster 76
Girona 77
Sanford 79
DiPaolo 82
Pat 82

The Lakeland Community College men’s golf team opened the season with a third place showing at the annual Cincinnati State Tournament at Weatherwax Golf Course.  The Lakers carded a team score of 314, giving them a two stroke cushion over fourth-place Cincinnati State.  Owens took first place in the first Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) tournament of the season with a team score of 284.  Columbus State finished second with a 297 and Lorain County placed fifth with a 344. 

All five schools will compete in the OCCAC Southern Tournament on Friday afternoon, also at Weatherwax Golf Course, in addition to Vincennes University.  The OCCAC Southern Tournament is worth double points in the season standings.

Sophomore Scott Schuster paced Lakeland with a four-over 76 while classmate Rick Girona finished one stroke behind him with a 77. 

Team (Place) [Points] Owens (1) [5] Columbus State(2) [4] Lakeland (3) [3]  Cincinnati State (4) [2]  Lorain County (5) [1] 
Score 284 297 314 316 344

Men's Golf at Hickory Knob Resort

October 19, 2012  Seimon Leads Men’s Golf at Owens Invitational
Player Score 
Seimon 83
DiPaolo 90
Girona 92
Sanford 92
Morrison 92

Freshman Grant Seimon’s 83 paced the Lakeland golf team in wet conditions Friday afternoon at Belmont Country Club.  In the final outing of the fall season, Lakeland posted a team score of 357, tied with Lorain County for fourth place among seven teams at the Owens Invitational.

Seimon finished eight shots off the lead, which belonged to Owens’ Brandon Hoelzer. 

Freshman Anthony DiPaolo finished second on the team with a 90 while Thomas Sanford, Rick Girona, and Drew Morrison each carded a 92.

Team (Place) Owens (1) Columbus State(2) Cincinnati State (3)  Lakeland (4)  Lorain County (4) 
Score 315 329 347 357 357

May 9, 2012
  |  Lakers Wrap Up 2012 Regular Season at Belmont Country ClubMen's Golf

PERRYSBURG, Ohio – The Lakeland golf team wrapped up the 2012 regular season with a pair of fourth place finishes at the Owens Invitational and OCCAC Championship at Belmont Country Club.

Owens Invitational – Belmont Country Club - Sunday, May 6

Player Score 
Leitch 82
Girona 87
Kovach 88
Schuster 89
Slocum 89
Webster 89

J.W. Leitch (Geneva, Ohio / Madison) fired a season-best 82 to pace the Lakers, who carded a team scored of 337.  Owens took first place at its own event with a team score of 309, followed by Columbus State (320) and Cincinnati State (322). 

Freshman Rick Girona (Grand Rapids, Ohio / Otsego) finished second on the team with an 87 followed by classmate Derek Kovach’s (Geneva, Ohio / Geneva) 88.  Steve Slocum (Willowick, Ohio / Eastlake North), Pat Webster (Sidney, Ohio / Sidney), and Scott Schuster (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Fairport Harding) each carded an 89 to close out the individual scoring.

Team (Place) Owens (1) Columbus State(2) Cincinnati State (3)  Lakeland (4)  Lorain County (5) 
Score 309 320 322 337 389

OCCAC Championship – Belmont Country Club - Monday, May 7
Three players carded an 80 to pace Lakeland in a rain-shortened, 18-hole tournament to conclude the conference schedule.  Pat Webster, Derek Kovach, and Steve Slocum paced the Lakers while Scott Schuster followed closely behind with an 83.
Player Score 
Webster 80
Kovach 80 
Slocum  80 
Schuster  83 
Girona  86 
Leitch  92

Lakeland shaved 14 strokes off its Sunday team score after carding a 323 on Monday morning.  The Lakers finished just seven strokes behind third-place Owens (316).   Cincinnati State (308) edged Columbus State (309) for first place in the tournament and ultimately the OCCAC crown.

Rick Girona (86) and J.W. Leitch (92) closed out the scoring for LCC. 

In his first season with the Lakers, Derek Kovach finished 13th in the conference with an 83.14 scoring average.  Classmate Pat Webster was close behind in 15th with an 84.43 average.  Kovach and Webster each posted their low round of the year at the Lorain County invitational where they fired a 77 and 79, respectively.

Team (Place) Cincinnati State (1) Columbus State(2) Owens (3)  Lakeland (4)  Lorain County (5) 
Score 308 309 316 323 351

April 30, 2012  |  Lakeland Recognizes Student-Athletes at Year-End Banquet

As a part of the Athletic Awards Reception and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday afternoon, the following team award was given out by Head Coach Bobby Cala.

Coaches Award – Scott Schuster, freshman

April 13, 2012  |  Golf Finishes Fifth at Conference Tournament

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – The Lakeland men’s golf team participated in its first Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) tournaments last week, ultimately finishing in fifth place at both events with team scores of 351 and 344, respectively.

Thursday Recap  
Player Score 
Kovach 80
Leitch 85 
Webster  91 
Girona  95 
Schuster  96 
Slocum  DQ

Thursday’s tournament took place at Brown’s Run Country Club in Middletown, Ohio and was hosted by Cincinnati State.  Lakeland was paced by freshman Derek Kovach’s (Geneva, Ohio / Geneva) eight-over 80.  The Lakers’ team score of 251 was 27 strokes better than sixth-place Lorain but trailed first-place Columbus (301).  Host Cincinnati State finished ten shots back of Columbus while Owens (314) and Vincennes (344) rounded out the top-four.

Columbus State’s Ash Alstadt finished as the top individual performer after carding a four-under 68 while Ken Simmons of Owens and Dan Gravette of Cincinnati State finished second and third with a (+3) 75 and (+4) 76, respectively.

Freshman J.W. Leitch (Geneva, Ohio / Madison) finished five shots behind Kovach and second on the team with an 85 while classmate Pat Webster (Sidney, Ohio / Sidney) carded a 91.

Rick Girona (Grand Rapids, Ohio / Otsego) and Scott Schuster (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Fairport Harding) rounded out the top-five for the Lakers.

Team (Place) Columbus State (1) Cincinnati State (2) Owens (3)  Vincennes (4)  Lakeland (5)  Lorain County (6)
Score 301 311 314 344 351 378

Friday Recap 
Player Score 
Webster 81
Girona 86 
Kovach  88 
Leitch  89 
Schuster  90 
Slocum  94

Lakeland improved its team scored by seven strokes on day two but was unable to gain any ground on fourth-place Vincennes on Friday afternoon at Weatherwax Golf Club.  Pat Webster led all Lakers with a season-best 81 followed closely by Rick Girona’s 86.

Columbus State earned the team title for the second straight day by virtue of a 306 team score, just four strokes ahead of second-place Cincinnati State.  Third-place Owens finished third with a 311 while Vincennes kept the Lakers at bay with a 332.  Lorain County finished in sixth place with a 386.

Columbus State’s Ash Alstadt finish atop the leader board for the second straight day after shooting an even-par 72.
Derek Kovach (88) and J.W. Leitch (89) finished third and fourth, respectively, for the Lakers. 

Team (Place) Columbus State (1) Cincinnati State (2) Owens (3)  Vincennes (4)  Lakeland (5)  Lorain County (6)
Score 306 310 311 332  344 386 

October 23, 2011 
Slocum, Leitch propel golf in fall finale

Steve SlocumAURORA, Ohio –
Steve Slocum (Willowick, Ohio / Eastlake North) earned medalist honors and led the Lakeland Community College men’s golf team to a two shot victory over Lourdes University on Sunday afternoon at Barrington Golf Club.  Slocum fired a 10-over 82 to pace the Lakers, who carded a team score of 338.  The Gray Wolves tallied a team score of 340 on the afternoon. 

Freshman J.W. Leitch (Geneva, Ohio / Madison) finished one stroke back with an 83 while classmate Scott Schuster (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Fairport Harding) carded an 86.  Thomas Sanford (Perry, Ohio / Perry) finished fourth on the team with an 87. 

The win comes in the final outing of the fall season.  Lakeland will return to the course in the spring for conference and regional competition.  Last year’s squad sent two golfers, Slocum and sophomore Ronnie Ritter, to the Region XII tournament at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek, Michigan. 

 J.W. Leitch
J.W. Leitch pictured here with the ball from his hole-in-one on the par-3 fourth hole.

October 10, 2011 Leitch's hole in one highlights Owens Fall Classic

J.W. Leitch (Geneva, Ohio / Madison) had a hole-in-one on the fourth hole to pace the Lakeland Community College men’s golf team in the Owens Fall Classic at Belmont Country Club on Monday afternoon.  Leitch holed out with a nine iron from 147 yards out for the ace.

Regionals – May 8th, 9th, 10th 

Battle Creek, Michigan (Bedford Valley Golf Club)  --  
Lakeland golfers, Ron Ritner and Stephen Slocum participated in the Region XII Tournament this past week at Bedford Valley Golf Club.  This course is a par 72 and stretches 6,602 yards.  On Sunday there was a full practice round where the coaches were able to enjoy playing with their kids.  The Tournament began with 36 holes on Monday.  It was a little cold for the 9:00 shotgun start but it turned out to be a pleasant day for the golfers.  Ritner had scores of 89 and 83 totaling 172 at the end of the first day.  Slocum scored 82 and 77 to give him 159 Monday night.  The final 18 holes were played on Tuesday, Ritner shot 80 to give him a score of 252 for the tournament and Slocum shot 85 for a tournament score of 244.

Ron is being looked at by a few colleges throughout the state of Ohio.  He hopes to play golf and continue his education at one of these schools.

Stephen is happy with his first year of collegiate golf at Lakeland and is looking forward to his second year.

Lakeland Will Send Two Golfers to Regionals

Lakeland participated in the 36-hole Conference Tournament last weekend.  The tournament was held at Belmont Country Club, one of the premier golf courses in Toledo, Ohio.  It was a cold and rainy tournament like so many of the tournaments this year for the Lakers.  Stephen Slocum and Ronnie Ritner shot well enough to advance them to the Regional Tournament at Bedford Valley Country Club in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Stephen shot 79 on Sunday and 80 on Monday while Ronnie shot 89 on Sunday and 79 on Monday.  Zack Underwood had a great season and really came out strong the second half.  He shot 83 on Sunday and 86 on Monday, missing the Regional trip by 1 stroke.  Congratulations to Zack and Scott on their season and good luck to Ronnie and Stephen this week at Regionals!  

April 25, 2011  --  Lakeland hosted their Invitational at Blackbrook Golf Course this past week.  On Thursday our guys played a scramble with the guys from Cincinnati CC, Columbus CC and Owens CC.  This was a fun day for everyone and gave the teams a look at the course before going out for conference play on Friday.  Highlight of the day was freshman Stephen Slocum for Lakeland.  Slocum shot 70, tying Dan Martina from Columbus CC for the lowest score.  Slocum and Martina played two playoff holes before Martina shot one lower than Slocum to become the medalist of the Invitational.  Zack Underwood also had an impressive day for Lakeland shooting a personal low of 75.  The Lakers are really looking good as they get ready to head to Cincinnati for the final Invitational of the season.  Slocum was also named Player of the Week for his outstanding performance at Blackbrook.  Congratulations to Stephen and the rest of the Lakers on their performance this past week.

April 4, 2011  --  The golf team took a trip down to southern Ohio this past weekend.  On Saturday, April 2nd they scrimmaged Cincinnati State.  The weather in Cincinnati was cooler than it was in Cleveland making it difficult to play in.  Sunday they were in Sunbury, Ohio playing at NorthStar Country Club.  It was still a cool day but the sun was out which warmed things up a bit.  Coach Cala says the scores are starting to come down but they still have work to do before conference play begins.  The team’s first conference match is on Monday, April 11th at Belmont Country Club in Toledo, Ohio.


Spring Trip 2011

The golf team made their annual trip down to South Carolina over spring break.  The team left the blizzard in Kirtland, Ohio on Friday, March, 11 and spent a week in the sun at the Hickory Knob Resort, located on the Georgia border.  After being cooped up in the Lakeland gym for 5 months the team has cabin fever and was anxious to get out on the course.  The team plays 36 holes each day they are in South Carolina, taking one day off to rest their hands and take their annual trip to Augusta.  Augusta, Georgia is the home of the Masters and the guys enjoy seeing Magnolia Lane and the perfect grounds of the course.   Coach Cala says “With a smaller team than they had in the fall the boys have to think about every tournament.  If they want to reach Nationals they can’t afford even one bad outing”.  They are coming along but he is still working on them “feeling their fault and feeling their fix”.  

Fall 2010 and Forecast for Spring 2011

This past fall the Lakeland Golf team played in several tournaments during their unofficial season.  Most of these tournaments were against 4-year schools and the guys held their own.  Coach Cala says “the guys need to get better as a team and in order to do this they need to learn they are not playing against the other golfers but instead they are playing against the course.”  Coach Cala is excited about the role his assistant Bob Brodnon has been taking.  Brodnon has been Coach Cala’s assistant for 4 years and he has grown and developed further as a coach each year.  He has really become an asset to the coaching staff and a mentor for the boys.  Coach Cala’s main goal for the team this season is to make the boys feel the fault in their swing and to recognize how to fix it.  He says once they have this it’s all practice from there. 

Coach Cala is expecting great things from sophomore captain Ron Ritner.  Ron had a great fall medaling in a few tournaments and dropping his average to 75 from 82 last spring.  Coach Cala says “Ron has found his groove” he expects him to make a move in the conference, advancing to regionals and possibly nationals.

The other returning sophomore, Zach Underwood is looking very promising.  Coach Cala saw a big improvement in Zach this past fall.

Freshman golfer from Eastlake North High School, Stephen Slocum has been a great addition to the team so far.  Prior to Lakeland, Stephen won a Southwest Junior Tour event.  Stephen is excited to be competitive in college competition.  Coach Cala sees a lot of potential in this young golfer.

A new addition to the golf team this spring is Scott Ingersoll.  Scott is the only two-sport athlete on the team, playing soccer in the fall.  Coach Cala is looking to Scott for his experience to take a leadership role.  Scott earned his Bachelor’s degree from Kent State before coming back to Lakeland to pursue a degree in Nursing.  Scott earned a 4.0 GPA this past fall while playing soccer and working at Lost Nation Sports Park in Willoughby.

Also joining the team is freshman Jordan Hanzel from Notre Dame Cathedral Latin.  Coach Cala is very impressed with the mechanics of his swing.  He is excited to see what he can do out on the course.

Once again the Lakers will begin practicing inside for 6 weeks before they head south for spring training.  The guys go to Hickory Knob Resort near Augusta each year, the home of the Masters.

Once they return home the Lakers will be at a new home course, Black Brook Country Club.  This city owned course in Mentor is where you can find Coach Cala and the Lakers golf team practicing every week. 

October 17, 2010  --  It was 65 degrees and sunny at Barrington Country Club, a great day for golf.  The Lakers and 4 other schools participated in the Lourdes College Fall Invitational.  Lakeland golfer Ron Ritner was the medalist in this invitational, shooting a 78 to lead the field.

The final fall tournament takes place on Friday, October 22, at the North Star Country Club in Sunbury, Ohio.

May 5, 2010  --  At tonight’s Athletic Awards Banquet, Jesse Sopczak was give the Coach's Award for his performance during this season.

May 3, 2010  --  At the OCCAC conference tournament today, three Lakeland golfers qualified for next weekend’s regional tournament.  The conference tournament was played at the Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg, Ohio.  Two eighteen-hole rounds were played.

Team leader Jesse Sopczak recovered from an average performance in the first round to shoot two over par in the second round. Ron Ritner and Nick Morocco also qualified for the regional tournament.

Team scores for each round, as well as the team totals are listed below.  These scores are followed by the individual scores of the Lakeland golfers in each round, and their total score.

Columbus State CC             319-318-637
Owens CC                         333-307-640
Cincinnati State T&CC         340-312-652
Lakeland CC                      333-331-664

Jesse Sopczak                    81-74-155
Nick Morocco                     81-83-164
Ron Ritner                         85-86-171
Mike Baltus                        85-89-174
Zack Underwood                101-89-190

April 30, 2010  --  It was 85 degrees and sunny, a perfect day for golf, but Cincinnati State dominated the field on their home course at the Wildwood Golf Course in Middleton, Ohio.  The Lakers finished in their usual spot in the field; however, Owens, Columbus and Lakeland’s scores were only seven strokes apart on the par 71 course.

In a rather unusual finish, Lakeland’s top four golfers all shot an 83 on the day.

The OCCAC tournament takes place on Monday, May 03, at the Belmont Country Club.

TEAM SCORES                             LCC INDIVIDUAL SCORES
Cincinnati State       308              Jesse Sopczak          83
Owens CC               325              Ron Ritner                83
Columbus State        327              Zack Underwood       83
Lakeland CC             332              Nick Morocco           83
Lorain           (only three golfers)   Mike Baltus              86

April 23, 2010  --  OCCAC match hosted by Lakeland Community College on the Devlin Course at Quail Hollow Country Club.

Columbus St.  304              Jesse Sopczak          79
Owens          308              Ron Ritner               82
Cincinnati St.  314              Mike Baltus              89
Lakeland        342              Nick Morocco           92|
Lorain County 347              Zack Underwood       95     

pril 22, 2010  --  OCCAC match hosted by Lorain County Community College at the Elyria Country Club.

Columbus St.  313              Jesse Sopczak          76
Cincinnati St.  318              Mike Baltus              84
Owens          328              Ron Ritner               86
Lakeland        341              Zack Underwood       95
Lorain County 378              Nick Morocco           95

April 21,2010  --  The golf team's participation in the Owens Invitational, scheduled for Monday, April 26, has been cancelled.

April 13, 2010  --  In back-to-back conference matches the team took twenty strokes off of its team score, unfortunately, the rest of the field posted similar improvement at the Northstar Golf Course in Columbus.  The Lakers again finished fourth out of five teams, ahead of Lorain but behind Owens, Columbus and Cincinnati who continue to jockey for position at the top of the league standings.

Jesse Sopczak continues to lead the team.  He shot a respectable 74 (two over par), but there was no first place finish today as Blake Harpenan from Cincinnati shot a 68 to pace the Surge.

The team will be shooting practice rounds at Quail Hollow this week, in preparation for next week’s home match.  On Thursday, April 22nd the team will play at Elyria Country Club, before hosting the conference teams on Friday the 23rd at Quail Hollow Country Club.

Team and individual scores from today’s match in Columbus follow.

TEAM SCORES                                          LAKELAND SCORES
Cincinnati       306                                           Jesse Sopczak          74
Owens          307                                           Nick Morocco           79
Columbus      312                                           Mike Baltus              82
Lakeland        319                                           Ron Ritner               84
Lorain           332                                           Zack Underwood       90      

April 12, 2010  --  Lakeland golfer Jesse Sopczak was the medalist in this conference match played at Belmont Country Club and hosted by Owens Community College.  Sopczak shot a 77 to lead the field, along with Preston Robenette of Columbus State.  Team and individual scores are below.

TEAM SCORES                                          LAKELAND SCORES
Owens                    324                                  Jesse Sopczak  77
Columbus State        325                                  Ron Ritner  84
Cincinnati State        329                                  Zack Underwood  89
Lakeland                 339                                  Nick Morocco  89
Lorain                     387                                  Mike Baltus  93

April 2, 2010  --  The Lakers participated in their first tournament this weekend.  They were the only junior college in the field of the John Carroll University Spring Invitational Golf Tournament that was played at Fowler’s Mill in Chester Township.

First time jitters plagued the inexperienced Lakers, who finished last in the eight team field.  However, Zack Underwood did finish in the top 20.

The tournament, played on Friday, was the first of three days on the links for the team.  Coach Bobby Cala was pleased with the team’s improvement as the weekend progressed.

The team scrimmaged at Wildwood and Northstar Country Clubs on Saturday and Sunday.  These are the home courses for Cincinnati State Tech and CC and Columbus State CC respectively, and the team will play them again later this season in conference play.

This week the team will play Forest Hills Country Club in Lorain, in a non-conference match.

Individual scores from the John Carroll Tournament are listed below.  The team played a total of 27 holes.  The scores are the first nine holes, followed by their score on 18.

Zack Underwood  36 – 79
Ron Ritner  36 – 81
Jesse Sopczak  41 - 86
Mike Baltus  38 – 89
Nick Morocco  44 - 89

Spring 2010
The golf team made their annual trek to South Carolina over spring break.  Coach Cala schedules the team to play 36 holes a day.  The team stays, and plays at the Hickory Knob Resort that is located on the Georgia border.   However, they sometimes squeeze in a side trip to see the sites.  A highlight is always a visit to the legendary Augusta National Golf Club.

Although Augusta is a private club and the golf team cannot golf there, they do enjoy visiting one of golf's most renowned courses.  Here the team takes a look down the club's entrance drive, Magnolia Lane.

S.T.A.R. Student Athletes: Fall 2009

Congratulations to Jesse Sopczak and Zachary Underwood who each achieved a 3.0 grade point average during the fall semester, while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours. 

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