Success in golf often has more to do with the mental aspect of the game than hitting a 350-yard drive.
Adam Cincione, a senior on the Grandview Heights High School boys golf team, typifies this.
"Some kids get all shook up when they shoot a double-bogey or a triple-bogey, but Adam just goes to the next hole," said coach Kevin Richards, whose team competed Sept. 18 in the MSL-Cardinal Division postseason tournament at Blacklick Woods. "Adam plays one hole at a time and adds up his score at the end. He truly plays the game one shot at a time."
Cincione, the Player of the Year in the MSL-Cardinal last season, was averaging 39.8 per nine holes and could be on course to repeat as the league's top player.
"It means a lot because I was first-team all-league as a sophomore and Player of the Year last year. I want to go out and win that again," he said. "It means a lot because it's voted on by all of the coaches in the league. You can't go out and play to be Player of the Year. You have to go out and play your game and focus on every shot. The rest will come."
Cincione had his worst nine-hole round of the season on Sept. 10 with a 45 in a 161-181 loss to Hartley at Hickory Hills. But he shrugged off the performance.
"I had one of those days. I didn't feel comfortable, but I'll be fine the rest of the season," he said. "I'll play better and hit the ball better.
"I love the feeling when you hit a good shot. It feels so crisp. You work so much and take so much time on each shot that it's nice when you exceed your expectations ... when you do things the way you want to."
Cincione can rebound from bad rounds because he "doesn't beat himself," Richards said. "He doesn't swing hard; he keeps the ball in play and plays steady golf. Two weeks ago, he played Darby Creek, which is one of our sectional sites, and he had 13 pars and five bogeys. He doesn't shoot the big numbers."
But he does shoot a basketball. A 5-foot-10 guard, he averaged 4.9 points per game as a junior for the Bobcats and was a perimeter threat with 25 3-pointers.
"I think golf and basketball are a lot different," Cincione said. "In basketball, you have to hustle and play hard all of the time, but golf is a little more laid back.
"Basketball is more of a physical game, but golfing is more of a mental game on how you handle your shots on the course. You have to trust your swing, just like you have to with your shot in basketball. You have to know you can make the shot in both sports."
He noted shooting free throws is similar to putting.
"Putting and free throws are similar because there is so much pressure on you," he said. "You have to trust your stroke in golf and your shot in basketball. You practice them both so much that they have to be automatic."
Cincione, who has a 4.1 GPA, isn't sure about playing golf at the next level.
"I don't know if I will play in college. It's been a dream of mine, but I'm more focused on the school part," said Cincione, who is undecided on a major but is leaning toward engineering. "If it works out, that would be great."
Football team to battle Lakers
The football team was 2-2 overall after losing to West Jefferson 35-17 on Sept. 14 in the MSL-Cardinal opener.
The Bobcats will try to get back on track at home Friday, Sept. 21, against Millersport. Grandview won 55-22 last season.
The Lakers were 0-4 after losing to Liberty Union 58-7 on Sept. 14.
Millersport has been outscored 185-50, having also lost to Fairfield Christian 55-17 on Aug. 24, Franklin Furnace Green 38-26 on Aug. 31 and Northridge 34-0 on Sept. 7.
The Bobcats came up short against West Jefferson despite junior quarterback Nick Schopis connecting on 14 of 26 passes for 237 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Quarterback Seth Casto paced the Roughriders (3-1) by completing 14 of 21 passes for 258 yards with a touchdown.
Casto gave West Jefferson a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run in the first quarter, but Grandview's Payton Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to tie the game at 7. Jake Hatfield had two second-quarter touchdown runs for West Jefferson and Grandview's Leo Readey kicked a 25-yard field goal as the Bobcats trailed 21-10 at halftime.
Schopis threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Myshon Price in the fourth quarter. Price had four receptions for 139 yards.