This story was written by Terry Boehmker for the Northern Kentucky Tribune. Click here to read the original story.
The St. Henry boys’ golf team has won the championship trophy in six of the nine tournaments it entered so far this season and all five members currently have an 18-hole average in the 70s.
Those impressive numbers have established the Crusaders as one of the top teams in Northern Kentucky with three weeks remaining in the regular season.
“Hopefully we can just continue the streak,” said St. Henry coach Jerod Cahill. “It’s been a nice ride so far and we’d like to finish it with a successful season.”
Ethan Berling has been the most consistent golfer for the Crusaders. He has placed among the top five individual scorers in each of the team’s first nine tournaments. The senior is the top local golfer in the point standings for all-state honors.
But his twin brother, Elliott Berling, stole the spotlight last Saturday when he took medalist honors at the Laurel Oaks Invitational with a best-ever 5-under 67.
“He’s played solid, but he hadn’t really put it all together yet, and on Saturday he was able to do that,” the coach said of Elliott. “He played very well and I think that’s going to be a springboard for what we as a team can do and what he can do for our team.”
The other golfers in St. Henry’s lineup are senior Michael Sikra, junior Sam Connett and sophomore Evan Scharz. They all played well last Saturday and the Crusaders won the Laurel Oaks Invitational championship trophy with a low score of 293, which set a new team record.
“The biggest thing I’m expecting out of our guys is consistency,” coach Cahill said. “I don’t really care if we set records or whatever. We’re just looking to stay consistent and keep working hard and get ready for the end of the year.”
The Region 7 tournament will be played the last week of September. The two teams with the lowest scores will advance to the state tournament. The last time St. Henry was a state qualifier was 2001 and this year’s team is striving to get there.
The Crusaders will play in the All “A” Classic small-school state tournament next week. If they win that title, it will raise their confidence even more.
“We feel like anytime we play we’ve got a chance to win,” Cahill said. “As long as we stick to our game plan, I think we can always come out and be successful.”