Westland Roundup: Boys golfers plan to enjoy season

FRANK DIRENNA
fdirenna@thisweeknews.com
Sam Stutz, a senior in his third season with the program, is one of three returnees for the Westland boys golf team, which has just four players.

As the Westland boys golf team kicked off the season, the objectives remained the same for 16th-year coach Brad Kramer.

With just four golfers on the team, Kramer hopes his players enjoy the experience and develop a love for the game.

"The kids are having fun meeting new kids," he said. "There's some abnormalities in their lives (because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic). I just want them to get better. I want them to learn a little bit more about the game of golf every day so that when they leave Westland they'll say, 'let's go play golf.' "

The Cougars did not have enough golfers for a team score in the second round of the four-round OCC-Ohio Division tournament Aug. 12 at Apple Valley. Senior Drew Curtiss, who is new to the sport, led Westland with a 105.

Westland also did not have enough golfers for a team score in the first round Aug. 6 at Darby Creek. Curtiss led the Cougars with a 111.

"Drew has never played golf until this summer and he's just loving it," Kramer said. "He comes out every day. He's practiced all summer. He's got the bug. He shot 111 and for the first time playing in an organized match, I thought that was pretty good."

Senior returnee Sam Stutz shot a 119 on Aug. 6.

"I wish I would have done better, but I still had a good time," said Stutz, who is in his third season. "We're just out here to have fun, connect with the people we're playing with and go out and do as best as we can. I enjoy it a lot and if I could do it over again, I'd do it."

Senior Brandon Fernandez and sophomore Tre Shepherd also return.

Although the Cougars have moved to the OCC-Ohio from the OCC-Central, Kramer said his team needs to focus on individual play. The league also includes Grove City, Gahanna, New Albany, Pickerington North and Westerville Central.

"The league doesn't matter," Kramer said. "We're in with the bigger schools. They're all really good. Grove City is really good this year. Gahanna is good. New Albany is always good. Pickerington North is always good. When we go to the OCC tournaments, we don't worry about them. We work on things that will make us better. A lot of it is learning from them, watching them play."

With three seniors on the team, Stutz and Kramer are hoping to recruit some new players for next season.

"I have talked to friends about joining the team and just getting people interested in golf so that Kramer has a future golf team," Stutz said.

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At a glance

BOYS GOLF

*Coach: Brad Kramer, 16th season

*Top players: Drew Curtiss and Sam Stutz

*Key losses: Cory Daugherty and Alexander Nordlund

*2019 OCC-Central standings: Upper Arlington (19-1), Dublin Coffman (17-3), Hilliard Davidson (12-8), Marysville (8-12), Central Crossing (4-16), Westland (0-20)

*2019 postseason: Did not score at sectional

OCC realignment

Below is the OCC realignment starting with the 2020-21 school year:

Buckeye: Central Crossing, Groveport, Lancaster, Newark, Pickerington Central, Reynoldsburg

Capital: Big Walnut, Canal Winchester, Delaware, Dublin Scioto, Franklin Heights, Westerville North, Westerville South, Worthington Kilbourne

Cardinal: Dublin Jerome, Hilliard Darby, Olentangy, Olentangy Berlin, Marysville, Thomas Worthington

Central: Dublin Coffman, Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Davidson, Olentangy Orange, Olentangy Liberty, Upper Arlington

Ohio: Gahanna, Grove City, New Albany, Pickerington North, Westerville Central, Westland