The John Carroll University golf team is off to a fiery start this fall, taking first place in two of their three tournaments and picking up speed halfway through their season.
Coach Mike Moran and his team opened up the year with the John Carroll Invitational at Lakeland Country Club and Pleasant Hills Golf Club on September 9.
Schools such as JCU, Owens College, Lake Erie College, Lakeland and Lorain came to the invitational, but the Streaks were far too deep for the competition.
Senior Joey Buescher and sophomore John Fairfield finished in the top 10 of the tournament, shooting scores of 72 and 73, respectively. Buescher score was one short of first place.
The tandem has been leaders this year as they have placed in the top 10 in each tournament so far.
Rounding out the top five were junior Dan Arison, junior Kevin Bove, and freshman Teddy Padezanin.
In their second contest on September 15, JCU played in the crucial OAC Fall Invitational.
The tournament presented JCU with a barometer for what they will be facing in conference play this season.
JCU took their second straight victory of the season, this time getting top ten finishes from Arison, Buescher and Fairfield.
As the tournament winner, JCU became an odds on favorite to win the OAC this season.
The prospect of an OAC championship is something coach Moran is excited about.
“We had teams that finished second, third, fourth in the nation. We had some pretty good teams there, but this is the best we’ve probably had in a decade,” said Moran.
This past weekend, the Streaks came in second in the Baldwin Wallace Invitational, their only non-first place finish this year.
However, both Buescher and Fairfield kept up their blistering pace, placing top 10 once again.
Buescher, the senior leader of the team, came in fourth at the tournament, while Fairfield placed seventh.
Buescher shot a 73 on the first day, followed by Fairfield’s 74. The pair each shot a 75 the following Saturday.
The golfers can attribute much of the success to the depth of the squad.
While Buescher and Fairfield are the most consistent, Moran sees a lot in his third, fourth, and fifth place finishers.
Dan Arison placed second in the OAC preview and boasts a 74.4 season average, while freshman Teddy Padezanin has been consistent with a 73.2 average.
“The bad thing is everyone is playing well, but some guys are just playing ridiculous,” said Fairfield. “That’s what makes this team so good – our depth. With all our guys at the top of their game, we have a legitimate shot to win the conference and keep the momentum going.”
JCU’s three straight top three finishes has opened the door for them to take the OAC crown.
On Tuesday JCU traveled to the Allegheny invitational. The Blue Streaks will have another conference test this weekend as they play in the Mount Union Fall Invitational.
A strong finish at each tournament would provide JCU a solid stepping stone towards the top of the OAC.