This fall could be a blast for the Saint Ignatius golf program.
Topher Reed '22 and Nick Piesen '23 are two of the reasons why.
Reed and Piesen put on a show at the 2020 OGA (Ohio Golf Association) Ohio Junior Championship. The amateur tournament featured some of the best high school golfers in the state, but Reed and Piesen stood fully in the spotlight. Reed won the tournament with a two-day total of 136 and Piesen obtained third with a total of 138 at Windmill Lakes Golf Club in Ravenna.
Reed banked the W in clutch fashion, too. On day one, Reed scored a 70, placing himself a bit behind the 8-ball. But on day two, Reed came roaring back. The rising junior penciled in a 66 on his scorecard, rolling a two-day mark of 136, four under par. But his score was not enough for the trophy. Ben Cors of Wooster, a rising senior at Walsh Jesuit, notched a 69 on day one and a 67 on day two, matching Topher's 136.
So, Reed and Cors headed to a playoff to settle who would wear the crown. On a beautiful putt, Reed sank a birdie to win the championship on the first playoff.
"It means more than words can describe," Reed says. "I can't thank the golf program at Ignatius enough. The coaching staff and team are unmatched. We're going to go deep this year in Columbus."
Piesen didn't win the title, but his first-day score of 65 was incredible. As Head Golf Coach PJ Myers '99 remarked afterwards, this is a level of golf most of us just aren't familiar with. Piesen shot a 73 on day two for a total of 138, two under par.
Piesen's remarkable -5 effort on day one tied him for the top single-day score in the tournament. Archbishop Hoban rising junior Solomon Petrie matched the feat, but finished one stroke behind Piesen for the tournament, tying for fourth.
Keep an eye out for Reed and Piesen this year. They will be the leaders on a very talented squad.
Tryouts for Saint Ignatius Golf begin on August 1. Registrations for tryouts close on July 15. Saint Ignatius students can register here.