Ewerson closes at Green Hills for POY

J. Patrick Eaken

Genoa golfer Jake Ewerson, who averaged 40.8 strokes per nine holes in league play, is the Northern Buckeye Conference Player of the Year.

Genoa first-year coach Cody McPherson says Ewerson had to dig down deep to finish strong. 

“Jake has had a nice season so far. He put together an impressive league run. In the four league shootouts, he finished second, fifth, 10th, and first,” McPherson said. 

At the first NBC shootout at Maumee Bay State Park, Ewerson tied with his teammate Jon Huston, both shooting 41 to finish second. Ewerson and Huston were part of Genoa’s league co-championship team that shared the title with Woodmore last year.

During the second shootout at Lakeland Golf Course, Ewerson again shot 41 to finish behind Woodmore golfer Aaron Miller (36), Otsego golfer Chaz Timko and Eastwood golfer Tristan Schuerman (both shot 38) and Huston (40).

It was at Birch Run that the Comets had a rough day, shooting 200, as Ewerson scored 46. Otsego’s Michael Budge and Woodmore’s Duane Perkins tied for medalist honors, each shooting 40, followed by Timko (41), Eastwood golfers Schuerman and Zach Buehler (both at 42), Lake golfers Myles Lowe and Ryan Wagner (both 43), and Miller and Lake golfer Chase Osborn both shot 45.  However, the Comets responded in the fourth shootout at Crosswinds Golf Course.

“On an interesting note, as a team, we had our worst team outing of the year at Birch Run which was the third league match. Afterward, the team was challenged to find their inner competitor and prepare for the next shootout which was the following day,” McPherson said. “Not only did Jake respond as the leader of the team, shooting the lowest and taking first, but so did the whole team as we had pulled out a victory for the day.” 

At Crosswinds, Ewerson’s 36 was good enough for medalist honors and the Comets shot 161 to take first place over Lake and Otsego, which tied for second at 165. 

During the 18-hole league tournament at Green Hills, Luoma was medalist, shooting 40-39—79 and Ewerson was one stroke back at 42-38—80. 

“Jake followed that event up by shooting an 80 during the league tournament out at Green Hills,” McPherson said. “His back nine was where he saw the most success, shooting a 38 which led the tournament. His second-place finish pushed him on top to be NBC Player of the year over a very nice field of competitors. 

“One thing that stands out the most about Jake is his drive. He has been internally motivated to get better at golf since he came out as a freshman and it obviously has shown in his successes this year. He is gritty, works hard, and shares his experiences with his teammates. He is a great student-athlete on and off the course.” 

For NBC POY honors, Ewerson’s 231 points beat out Schuerman and Budge, who had 226 each.

Lake coach Mike DeStazio coached Ewerson his freshman season at Genoa, so he knew how good Ewerson could be.

“We have a great relationship today. He talks to me after the matches, and I always tell him to keep his head up,” DeStazio said.

“He could have played varsity when he was a freshman, but I was loaded at Genoa for three years, so when he was a freshman and the other kids were seniors, I just had no room for him. I knew he was going to be good.”

Lake and Eastwood had five golfers each selected to the All-NBC team while Otsego had three.

Lake golfer Ben Luoma is first team All-NBC, averaging 42.5 strokes per nine. Joining him on the first team are Schuerman, 40.8, Budge, 39.8, Miller, 41, and Perkins, 43.8.

Second team selections are Timko, 41.7, Huston, 43.5, Lowe , 43.4, Wagner, 44.8, Buehler, 44.9 and Osborn, 45.3.

Honorable mention choices include Lucas Gallaher (Eastwood), 46.9, Trent Marten (Eastwood), 48, Tegan Tyson (Elmwood), Ethan Edelbrock (Eastwood), 46.6, Jack Walsh (Lake), 49.2, and Carson Hollar (Otsego), 48.5.













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