HINKLEY — Amherst’s Mike Campana made his final Southwestern Conference Tournament one for the record books.
The Comets senior shot a 1-under-par 71 at Pines Hills Golf Club to win his second straight SWC Tournament individual championship and cap off a season in which he also won the league preview and had the lowest scoring average in the conference.
“I hit 16 greens and only made 32 putts today,” said Campana, who also went home with the SWC MVP plaque.
“I had a nice back nine, made three birdies and finished 1 under. Overall it was a good day. To win this event one time was an honor but to be able to come back and do it a second time is really special. This is the biggest tournament of the regular season.”
Campana took advantage of nearly perfect weather conditions to knock three strokes off his winning score from last season, when he shot a 2-over 74.
“The conditions were great today. The greens were running pure and the fairways were in phenomenal condition,” he said.
Avon Lake won both the event and the league championship with a score of 315, four strokes better than Westlake and Amherst. Thursday’s results also accounted for 40 percent of the total league standings for the year.
Grant Harley led the way for the Shoremen with a 5-over 77. Jason Hessel and Jake Warnica were each two strokes behind Harley’s pace with 79s and Colin MacGeorge scored an 80 to complete the Avon Lake scoring.
“I am very happy with the kids’ performance today,” Avon Lake coach Amy Manco said. “Everybody played solid golf. We had four good scores today and we even threw out an 81 (shot by A.J. Outcalt). If we can shoot like this every day we will be in good shape.
This is what you look for at this time of the year — consistency. We talk about not having that one crazy hole where you just blow up your round. We don’t have a Mike Campana who can throw down a 71. We have to be a solid team.”
Manco also won the SWC coach of the year award.
Westlake’s Patrick Steffen and Olmsted Falls’ Alex Torres joined Harley with 77s.
Harley started off his round with a pair of double bogeys but recovered to shoot 1-over for his final 16 holes.
“I missed a lot of greens today but my wedges helped to get up and down a lot,” Harley said. “It was a tough start. I had to go back using less club off the tee, using hybrids and irons, and that really helped me out. It’s hard to recover from a start like that but the greens were not as fast as they could have been and the course was in great condition and that helped me settle into my game.”
Amherst’s Matt Nickoloff, Westlake’s Frank Steffen, Westlake and Kyle Krcmar from Brecksville all shot 79.
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TEAM SCORES: Avon Lake 315, Westlake 319, Amherst 319, Brecksville 335, Olmsted Falls 340, Berea-Midpark 345, North Olmsted 361
TOP SCORES: Mike Campana, Amherst, 71; Grant Harley, Avon Lake, 77; Patrick Steffen, Westlake 77, Alex Torres, Olmsted Falls 77; Jason Hessel, Avon Lake, 79; Jake Warnica, Avon Lake, 79; Matt Nickoloff, Amherst, 79; Frank Steffen, Westlake, 79; Kyle Krcmar, Brecksville, 79.
AVON LAKE(315): Grant Harley 77, Jason Hessel 79, Jake Warnica 79,Colin MacGeorge 80, Josh Currie 85, A.J. Outcalt 81.
AMHERST (319): Mike Campana 71, Matt Nickoloff 79, Jake Habecker 86, Eric Jacobs 83, Jacob Humphrey 100, Taylor Gillam 103.
WESTLAKE (319): Frank Steffen 79, Patrick Steffen 77, Nick Wilson 83, Jules Blakely 80, Ellis Langermeir 99, Charlie Baddour 89.
NORTH OLMSTED (361): Tyler Lajko 93, Zach Gillard 95, Brandon Fatsie 92, Ryan Hudson 101,David Brunner 96, Jimmy Clark 81.
BRECKSVILLE (335): Kyle Krcmar 79, Paul Kim 88, Jimmy Henyey 84, Cameron Marous 93, John Demore 87 Andrew Craig 85.
BEREA-MIDPARK (345): Michael Schuller 84, Tyler Ellis 86, Joe Hanzel 89 , Christian Kilgore88, Josh Stetz 87, Andrew Roth 93.
OLMSTED FALLS (340): Alex Torres 77, Brian Jones 87, Cameron Winkel 89, Alex Mitchell 94, Ryan Bratsch 87, Will Eyssen 93.