Meronoff medalist as Crusaders golfers advance

SUGARCREEK – The Steubenville Catholic Central golf team shot 327 to place third at the Division III sectional tournament Tuesday at Willandale Golf Club.

The Crusaders advance to the district tournament Oct. 2 at River Greens Golf Course.

“I think the kids had something to prove to themselves after finishing second at the OVACs,” said Central coach Rocky Augustine. “They have worked very hard and I’m proud of them for the way they bounced back.”

Crusaders sophomore Austin Meronoff was the medalist with his 1-under 71.

“Austin being medalist is a great accomplishmnet for him, but it also makes our golfers play better,” said Augstine.

Mike Manfresca shot 83, Josh Merriman 86, Jason Bensur 87 and Nick Ivkovich 90.

Garaway won the team title with its 317. Hiland shot 323 and Strasburg 339.

“We had a good front nine and played average on the back nine,” said Augustine. “Over the last few years we’ve had our disappointments at sectionals coming very close every year.

“We will enjoy this accomplishment for a day or so and get right back to getting ready for the district tournament.

“Austin and Mike are leaders and do a great job of holding our team together.”