“I tell the kids there are 226 division 3 schools and you are in the top 12 right now,” says Jim St. George, the head coach for the Warren JFK boys golf team.
That’s nothing new for the Kennedy Catholic boys golf team. This year the eagles are making their third straight trip to Columbus for the state tournament.
“Everyone has contributed so it has been a total team effort, there is no I in team, you know the old adage, everyone things that golf is an individual sport, it is not, it is a team sport,” says St. George
“We are just going to go down and play the best that we can. We did our goal, get to state, just go out and have fun and try and shoot the best score that you can,” says Ryan Fowler a senior on this years team.
JFK is hoping to add a fourth state championship to the schools tradition and have a huge advantage over other schools in the state.
“We play 14, 18 hole matches all over the state. We don’t play a typical 9 holes after school which makes the kids handle the pressure better,” said St. George during a team practice Tuesday.
“Other teams are only playing 9 holes, they are not used to carrying their bags for 18 holes so they are going to be tired coming up the 18th hole,” Fowler says.
And those first 18 holes could be critical for the eagles.
“The pressure is day one, I am going to stress to them you have to be good day one. It’s like a horse race. You can not make up ground on day two, you have to be in the top 6 day.”
Warren JFK has the earliest tee times friday and will be paired with Ashland Crestview and Van Buren.