Kirtland, Independence finish among top four at Badger Invitational


CHARDON—Kirtland finished in third place and Independence right behind the Hornets in fourth at the 2018 Badger Invitational at Pleasant Hills Golf Course on Tuesday.

The Hornets shot a 350 while the Blue Devils finished with 362 strokes.

Jack Dever led the Hornets with a team-low 83, good for eight place.

“I’m not too satisfied with how I played today,” Dever said. “I started off the day really rough and I had three straight double bogeys at one point. But, coach (Sam) Kless just reminded me to calm down and focus on a smooth tempo instead of killing the ball. I started to find a good rhythm with my driver and I putted well all day. I can’t give Coach Kless enough credit for helping me with my swing. I’m going through some growing pains now but I know that it will pay dividends this fall.”

Seann McGill finished 15th overall with an 87 and Adam Mueller was tied for 16th with an 89. Cici Anness also finished among the top 20 golfers with her 91 to round out the scoring for the Hornets.

Carson Bianco led Independence with an 83. Hugh Corrigan fired a 90 while Tyler Sagi carded a 92. Michael Jedrzejek rounded out the scoring with a 97.

“That was a solid fourth place finish for our team today,” said Independence coach Mark Echstenkamper. “Bianco had a real solid day. We just need to see some other scores in the 80s for us to challenge other teams more.”

Bianco benefitted from his solid tee shots and his play around the greens.

“I was pretty happy with my short game and tee shots today,” he said. “Although I was pushing my iron shot here and there, I’m pretty happy with how I played.”

Team Scores:

1. Hawken 318
2. Lutheran West 326
3. Kirtland 350
4. Independence 362
5. Garfield 380
6. Geneva 396
7. Berkshire 402
8. Wickliffe 427

Top 20 Individual Scores:

1. Jack Gole (Hawken) 74
2. Tommy Hill (Hawken) 77
3. Forrest Kuchling (Berkshire) 78
4. Sam Spacek (Lutheran West) 79
4. Jakob Gross (Lutheran West) 79
6. Drew Covitt (Hawken) 81
6. Cam King (Garfield) 81
8. Hunter West (Lutheran West) 83
8. Jack Dever (Kirtland) 83
8. Carson Bianco (Independence) 83
11. Andrew Michalski (Wickliffe) 84
12. John Smolik (Lutheran West) 85
13. Cooper Bryan (Hawken) 86
13. Tyler Robinson (Lutheran West) 86
15. Seann McGill (Kirtland) 87
16. Thomas Wong (Hawken) 89
16. Adam Mueller (Kirtland) 89
18. Hugh Corrigan (Independence) 90
19. Cici Anness (Kirtland) 91
19. Calvin Cackowski (Wickliffe) 91

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The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.