Calling CJ women’s golf ‘successful’ might be an understatement. In its short, five-year history, the program has secured two GGCL titles, two appearances in the State tournament, and more than 80 team victories; however, winning is equally as important to Eagles golfers as welcoming all-comers.
As freshmen in 2008, Adrianne Marx and Diann Bonner joined the golf team in its infancy. Diann had been playing golf since age 5 and was already familiar with the game when enrolling at CJ in the fall. Others, like classmate Adrianne, joined with little to no experience. Today, Eagles teammates and coach George Menker continue to embrace the diverse skill set of all girls interested in playing golf.
“My first time ever picking up a club was at our first practice freshman year. I just wanted to try something different,” Marx admitted. Four years and three varsity letters later, Bonner and Marx lead the CJ team as co-captains with nine-hole averages of 43.1 and 47.8 respectively.
Together with fellow senior Erin Warfield, all three upperclassmen carry the task of teaching the game and passing the torch to four teammates—Mikaela Hadaway, ’13; Emily Poock, ’13; Kaitlyn Cartone, ’14; and Sarah Downing, ’15.
“We’re like sisters,” Bonner explained. Impressively, none of the girls have ever finished a high school season with less than 18 team wins or worse than a .700 winning percentage. On Monday, October 3, the Eagles will enter the Division II Sectional tournament at the WGC Golf Course in Xenia with the school record for regular season wins at 24-3 overall. All three losses have been to Division I opponents (Seton, Ursuline, and St. Ursula).
“We care about winning and we play to win, but our biggest concern is having fun while we’re doing it,” Marx said. Both CJ senior co-captains credited the team’s successful combination of stress-free play and strongf family spirit to the leadership of head coach George Menker.
Menker has been building a winning tradition since the program’s inception in the fall of 2006, when the maiden four-member squad could not even be considered official by the OHSAA. Since then, eight girls have received all conference honors, two have gone on to play NCAA Division I golf, and Menker himself has twice been named GGCL Grey coach of the year (2008, 2009).
“George is always there for us, he takes care of us and pushes us to do our best. He’s like a father to us,” Marx said.
2011 SEASON ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Friday, August 5 - In the season-opener, the Eagles record a 173-187 victory over National Trail, shooting the fifth lowest team score in program history. Mikaela Hadaway's score of 36 is good for the second best individual score by a CJ women's golfer.
Monday, August 22 - The men's and women's golfers shoot a combined tournament-best 356 at the Diana Schwab Invitational tournament.
Tuesday, September 13 - The Eagles win the GGCL Golf Tournament and GGCL Grey Divison title. Diann Bonner's score of 82 on 18 holes is good for the tournament's second lowest score in the Grey North division.
Tuesday, September 20 - The girls tie a season-low team score by shooting a 168 at Miami Valley Golf Course (a feat also accomplished in matches on August 11, 15 and 25). Mikaela Hadaway's score of 34 ties the school record for lowest nine-hole score in CJ history.