Golf fans in Northeast Ohio would be hard-pressed to find a high school player who's started the season as hot as Topher Reed.
The Saint Ignatius sophomore has begun the 2019 campaign on an absolute tear.
Following a banner freshman campaign that ended with the State Tournament in Columbus, Reed has continued where he left off this fall. Reed has earned medalist honors on several occasions and led the team in almost every tournament.
Following three strong days at tryouts, Reed began the season by tying for first at Massillon Jackson's tournament at Shady Hollow. While he lost in the playoff, his score of 68 set the tone for a strong start.
The next day, Reed captured medalist honors at the Saint Ignatius Invitational at Red Tail, notching a nice tally of 69. Later that week, Reed finished runner-up, penning a 70 at Shale Creek in the Walker Jones Classic. He matched the feat at the Toledo St. John's Jesuit Titan Classic at Stone Ridge, managing a 70 for the silver medal.
Reed continued his excellent jaunt through the early season, penciling in scores of 71 and 70 at the St. Xavier and Hudson Invitationals. Both times, Reed brought home the runner-up trophy.
Through the first three weeks of the season, with 10 tournaments and three days of tryouts under his belt, Reed is a collective 22 under par (-22). That's incredible.
"Impressive is the word I’d use to describe Topher's start to the season," said Head Coach PJ Myers '99. "We are three weeks into his sophomore campaign, and he’s only scratched the surface. The best thing is that he’s got so much more room to grow. I’m really excited for, and proud of, Topher. It’s our job as coaches to help bring out the best in him as we prepare for our second half of the season."
The Wildcats embark on the latter half of the season this weekend. The Golf Cats will take part in the prestigious Kiely Cup on Sunday and Monday at Canterbury Golf Course.
If the first start of the season is indicative of the Wildcats' talents, the second half of the year could be unforgettable. The Wildcats have finished no worse than third in tournaments this season, capturing first place in four invitationals and notching second place in four other tournaments.
After the Kiely Cup, the Wildcats will take part in the St. Edward Invitational on September 14, the Bishop Watterson Invite on September 21, the Nolan Belden Invite on September 23, and the Jerome Honorary Shotgun on September 28. After that, it's playoff time.