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Hudson boys golf team claims National Conference title

Sep 30, 2015

Hudson boys golf team claims National Conference title Published: by Frank Aceto Associate Sports Editor For all intents and purposes, it looked like the Hudson boys golf team's chances were dead in the water right when the season began. So, there was only one thing the Explorers could do the rest of the way: win every single league match and the season-ending tournament. As it turns out, that's exactly what they did. Fortunately, Hudson's improbable resurrection earned them another league championship. The Explorers are the overall Suburban League National Conference champions after winning the eight-team Suburban League Postseason Tournament Sept. 24 at J.E. Good Park Golf Course in Akron. Hudson finished with a score of 307. North Royalton placed second with a score of 322 and Twinsburg took third (329). The Explorers also finished 7-0 during conference play. Despite Hudson's fourth-place finish at the Suburban League Preseason Tournament, Hudson claimed the overall title. North Royalton, which won the preseason tournament, lost three matches during conference play. "The kids were really excited," Explorers head coach Dave Kurtz said. "[Hudson athletic director] Ray Ebersole and [Hudson head girls golf coach] Doug Snelling were out there. It was nice to see some familiar faces. " Dave Kurtz and his son, junior Will Kurtz, the team's top player, were unable to attend the preseason tournament. To top it all off, Hudson had an off-day. "We knew it was not in our hands at that point," Dave Kurtz said. "We knew we needed help. Since that was the case, our attitude was let's win all our league matches and the end-of-the-year tournament and see what happens. " It doesn't matter which conference they're in, the Explorers have been a dominant force. They won the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division championship last year. As a result of its success in the last two years, Hudson has a 20-match winning streak against conference opponents since the middle of the 2013 season. "We started out 0-3 in the conference [in 2013] and we were 2-5 at one point," Dave Kurtz said. "We haven't lost a conference match since. " Will Kurtz capped off a dominant season in the National Conference. He was the medalist with a 2-under-par 69 after finishing with five birdies and three bogeys. In 72 holes of conference play, Will Kurtz shot 11 under par. Oddly enough, Will Kurtz was not eligible to earn all-conference honors. That's because he didn't play in the preseason tournament or in the Explorers' win over Cuyahoga Falls during the regular season. "Will was four strokes better than everybody else in the league and [teammate] Nolan [Laughlin] was second," Dave Kurtz said. "Will was even on the front nine. He was solid. I told him, 'The way you're hitting, I think you should shoot 67. ' He told me he could do better than that. " Will Kurtz's success can be traced to his ability to do anything he wants with his golf clubs. "The holes bend left to right and right to left," Dave Kurtz said. "Will can hit all the shots. Unlike the other players, Will can get his tee shot to do what he wants it to do. He can hit it high, he can hit it low, he can hit a draw and he can hit a cut. He often hits his best shots out of position. " Laughlin, a junior, finished second overall with a score of 73. He earned first-team all-conference honors. "Nolan was very good," Dave Kurtz said. "He is starting to get in a bit of a rhythm. He made a swing change at the beginning of the season and his play has picked up lately. " If Laughlin can make a few more putts, he will be even more dangerous, according to his coach. "He typically makes his fair number of putts," Dave Kurtz said. "He's not putting that great now. If he does putt well, he'll be tough to beat. " Junior Dave Sexton shot an 81 to earn all-conference honors. "Good Park doesn't suit Dave's strengths well," Dave Kurtz said. "The course doesn't suit his eye. " If not for a couple of bad holes, Sexton's round would have been significantly better. "He had some bad luck," Dave Kurtz said. "After he hit his tee shot on the second hole, a group that played three or four groups ahead of him may have played Dave's ball. "Dave ended up taking a two-stroke penalty for a lost ball and a double bogey. He also had a triple bogey on the 10th. He was 4-over the rest of the day. " Rounding out the team scoring for Hudson was junior Johnny Merrill, who shot a score of 84 to earn all-conference recognition. "Johnny had a whole bunch of pars," Dave Kurtz said. "He had a double and a triple on the front nine. If we're going to make a serious run, we need to eliminate those double bogeys and worse. They can do so much damage. " The Explorers, who finished 10th at the 2014 state meet, are scheduled to compete in Division I sectional play Oct. 5 at Windmill Lakes Golf Club in Ravenna. Play is set to begin at 8 a.m. "If we shoot 315 like we did earlier this season, I will be nervous," Dave Kurtz said. "Last year, we shot 300. If we shoot above 310, we'll leave it open for somebody take a spot away from us. " The Windmill sectional won't be a cakewalk by any stretch of the imagination. "Chagrin Falls moved up from Division II and North Royalton moved to our sectional," Dave Kurtz said. "On paper, we have the toughest sectional and it's not even close. Kent [Roosevelt], Walsh [Jesuit], Chagrin Falls, North Royalton and Aurora can beat any of the teams in the other sectionals. " Email: faceto@recordpub.com

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