Kirtland fell to Chagrin Falls on Wednesday, 160-191, but several Hornets posted career-best scores in the match.
Leading the way was Knox Crisci, who shot a team and career-best 44.
“It was very exciting,” Crisci said of his score. “I didn’t start so well on the first hole, but in the holes following I did much better. It was exciting knowing that I had a chance for the day to score low.”
Crisci started playing golf when he was 10 years old and has made solid progress this season with several scores under 50.
Wednesday’s score was the result of his hard work this season.
“I feel like the key to my success was part of me improving, as well as good advice from my coach,” Crisci said. “Over this season, I have made changes to my grip, swinging speed, and setup routine that helped a lot. My coach also gives me good advice on course management such as working around obstacles, visualizing a good shot, or getting the ball back into play. I do my best to apply this on the course and I believe it makes a big difference.”
Jared Simon shot a career-best 48 and Matt Shepard also posted his career-best score of 53. Micah Reynolds closed out the scoring with a 46.
Chagrin Falls’ Charlie Pollack and Gavin Stevens shared medalist honors as they both shot a 39. Sven Nielsen carded a 40 and John Catney closed out the Tigers’ scoring with a 42.
With his career-best score under his belt, Crisci is excited to see how the rest of the season plays out.
“A 44 is definitely a big boost to my confidence,” he said. “It shows that I have the capability to score this low, or maybe lower.”
The Hornets will compete in the Chagrin Valley Conference postseason tournament at Quail Hollow on Monday.