Mooney's Turner on cool list of local Ohio HS golf champs

Todd Franko - Nov 13, 2022


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When Rocco Turner of Cardinal Mooney High School won the state boys championship last month, the feat opened up chatter:

“Who are the Valley’s past Ohio HS golf champions?”

No such question is beyond the reach of Valley sports icon Greg Gulas. He went to work on the all-time Valley Boys and Girls golf champs list.

 

State boys high school competition began in 1927.

Here are local champions of note:

1943 – Marvin Kurjan, Rayen (154)

1945 – Merle Moskowitz, Rayen (154)

1950 – Rick Jones, Rayen (148)

1951 – Rick Jones, Rayen (153)

1952 – Rick Jones, Rayen (155)

1962 – Alex Antonia, Hubbard (148)

1963 – Alex Antonia, Hubbard (142)

1974 – John Hamarik, Cardinal Mooney (154)

1977 – Julian Taylor, Ursuline (147)

1978 – Julian Taylor, Ursuline (151)

2001 – Jason Kokrak, Warren JFK (72-74, 146 - Scarlet Course)

2002 – Jason Kokrak, Warren JFK (67-67, 134 – Gray Course)

2014 – Ryan Fowler, Warren JFK (71-72, 143 – North Star Course)

2016 – Jared Wilson, Columbiana (71-71, 142 – North Star Course)

2017 – Jared Wilson , Columbiana (69-72, 141 – Scarlet Course)

 

NOTES:

• Julian Taylor, Jason Kokrak and Jared Wilson are 3 of just 19 two-time champions.

• Alex Antonio’s 142 on May 25, 1963 (Scarlet Course) puts him in a three-way tie for second-place all-time in Division I-Class AAA, one shot off the record.

• Jason Kokrak’s 134 in 2002 is tops all-time in Division III-Class AAA;

• Jared Wilson’s 141 in 2017 is tied for second-place, and his 142 in 2016 is fourth overall all-time in Class A-Division III.

 

INDIVIDUAL SINGLE ROUND SCORE:

OSU Gray – Gary Buttar (Austintown Fitch, 1985) is in a three-way tie in Class AAA with a 69.

OSU Scarlet – Jared Wilson (Columbiana, October 13, 2017) is tops in Division III-Class A.

 

INDIVIDUAL OVERALL SCORE:

OSU Scarlet – 142, Alex Antonio (Hubbard 1963) is in a three-way tie for tops in Division I-Class AAA

OSU Scarlet – 141, Jared Wilson (Columbiana, 2017) is tops in Division III-Class A.

North Star – 142, Jared Wilson (Columbiana, 2016) is tops in Division III-Class A.

OSU Gray – 134, Jason Kokrak (Warren JFK, 2002) is tops in Division III-Class A.

 

Boys Team Champions

3-Time Champion: Warren JFK (1974, Fall; 2000, 2001)

2-Time Champion: Cardinal Mooney (1988, 1989); Ursuline (1975, 1976)

1-Time Champion: Hubbard (1971), Ravenna (1966), Youngstown East (1952).

 

Girl’s golf started as a high school sport with the 1993 season.

Here are OHSAA GIRL’S INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM STATE RECORD HOLDERS AND STATE CHAMPIONS.

 

2008 – Ariel Witmer, South Range (70-69, 139)

2011 – Haylee Harford, Warren JFK (71-75, 146)

2014 – Haylee Harford, LaBrae (68-73, 148)

 

NOTE:

Haylee Harford is one of only 7 two-time individual champions.

 

INDIVIDUAL 18-HOLE SCORES (UNDER PAR):

Haylee Harford, LaBrae, 2014 is tied for second all-time at -2 — one of 10 individual golfers to do so.

 

INDIVIDUAL OVERALL 36-HOLES:

Ariel Witmer, South Range, 2008, at a -1, is fourth overall and one of two to do so.

 

TEAM CHAMPIONS:

Poland Seminary (2008).

Lakeview (2015)