After coming off tough competitions at the GCL and GGCL tournaments respectively, both Men's and Women's golf are being dually honored as CJ's Feature Teams of the Week.
The Eagles (1-3) finished third in the GCL North behind Alter and Fenwick and lost a tough match to Bulter High School at Miami Valley Golf Course Tuesday in the co-feature game of the week, but the team is hopeful they can make a return visit to the district tournament this postseason.
Dan Wolff, the team’s only senior, said it was important for him to return this season after graduating two top golfers. Wolff began playing golf for CJ his junior year after working at Moraine Country Club for four years.
“I knew we were going to be young so I felt like we’d improve a lot more as a team if we had a lot of guys come back,” he said. The team—which won the Division II state title in 2008—consists of five freshman, two sophomores, and lone junior Jon Besecker who earned second team all-conference honors last season.
In his second year as head coach, Bill York said his team has started to gel this season. “These guys are all pretty evenly matched,” he said, “and it’s much more of a team effort.”
The Lady Eagles (10-3) have had to overcome adversity this year after head coach George Menker was hospitalized in early September.
With the support of the community, parents and those close to the team, the girls have rallied back and performed admirably on the course, finishing second in the GGCL Grey tournament and placing fourth out of 16 Division I and II schools in the Skyhawk Invitational at Greene Country Club Monday evening (taking second amongst all D-II programs).
Perhaps the team’s biggest source of inspiration comes from coach Menker himself, who continues to back his team, said senior captain Riviere Duffy. “We got to visit him in the hospital after GGCL’s and the nurse told us that every time someone comes into the room he points to our team poster and says, ‘Those are my girls!’”
The girl’s feature game is Thursday at Meadowbrook Country Club in a quad match against area rivals Northmont, Troy, and Butler. The team has been practicing nearly every day in preparation for the state tournament.
Golf, however, is not the only thing keeping Duffy busy these days. As president of the Spirit Committee, she has also been making sure each feature team is recognized properly. The committee has honored five teams so far this fall and members have responsibilities each week.
“It takes all of us to make one week happen,” she said. Tasks include making locker signs and small gifts for each individual player, announcing games, updating the second floor spirit board, informing each team of their day to wear spirit t-shirts, and choosing a theme for the week. "Neon Night" is the theme for September 19-25, so wear bright colors and anything that glows when supporting CJ athletes this week!