Canterbury Golf Course presented plenty of challenges for the Saint Ignatius varsity golf team earlier this week. The other top teams from the state struggled at times with the course, too, for that matter.
Facing tough competition and a difficult course, the Wildcats nabbed ninth in the 15-team field at the prestigious Kiely Cup.
The Golf Cats showed improvement on day two of the invitational, improving on a 335 team score on day one to 327 on the second day.
Three of the Wildcats' five golfers enjoyed better day two scores, with Jake Moraca showing the best improvement. The junior notched a 78 for a two-day total of 168. Andrew Kaye tabbed a score of 82 to finish with a total of 165. Michael McCaffrey and Ross Williamson tallied totals of 84 on Monday, each tying Kaye with scores of 165. The three tied for the best mark on the squad.
Connor Warns showed big gains on the second day, too, bettering himself by seven strokes. His 83 on day two granted him a two-day total of 173.
The men of head coach Brian Becker '77 now turn their eyes to the next obstacle on September 22 – the Beechmont Ryder Cup.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, the JV Blue Golf Cats faced the Notre-Dame Cathedral Latin Lions.
Unfortunately, Coach Tom Bogen's crew came up just short. The Wildcats fell to the Lions at Fowlers Mill, 185-183.
Sean White finished as the medalist with a solid score of 43. Ian Shemo and Andrew Martin carded scores of 47. Matthew Giberti and William Doyle rounded out the pack, tabbing identical tallies of 48.
The JV Cats face a quick turnaround, with a match against the St. Edward Eagles on Wednesday afternoon at Lakewood Country Club.
Below are the full team results from the Kiely Cup:
St. Xavier 310-299 = 609
Green 320-297 = 617
Jerome 307-312 = 619
Boardman 316-304 = 620
Centerville 317-313 = 630
NDCL 321-330 = 651
University School 330-324 = 654
Walsh 336-323 = 659
Saint Ignatius 335-327 = 662
Strasburg 346-329 = 675
Gilmour Academy 339-336 = 675
VanBuren 346-331 = 677
Brookfield 356-343 = 699
Wooster 365-339 = 704
Columbiana 387-362 = 749