Hard Work Pays Off for the Eagles

There were those who thought it wouldn’t be their year, but the Chaminade Julienne Eagles thought otherwise.

For the eighth consecutive season – a state record – the CJ women’s golf team advanced to the OHSAA Girls Division II State Golf Championship. The Eagles placed 6th overall at the Ohio State University Gray Golf Course on October 15. Coach George Menker, in his 10th season with the Eagles, attributes that success to one thing.

“The amount of practice these girls put in is incredible,” Menker said. “They work at it, they work every day to improve.”

While the girls’ golf season doesn’t kick off until August, the CJ golfers begin conditioning in January. By April, they are on the range and by June, the Eagles are regulars at the Miami Valley Golf Club.

“They want to improve, so they put in the time,” Menker said.

Individually, the Eagles were led at the state tournament by junior Blake Wogoman – a volleyball player turned golfer – with a 17th-place individual finish, just seven strokes outside of the Top 10 with a 165 36-hole total.

CJ loses only one of its five state golfers to graduation, senior Sara Bowman, and will return four state-savvy juniors. That bodes well for extending the state-qualifying streak.

"I'm pretty sure we will be there next year," Menker said.