Consistency Proving to be Success for Cardinal Golfers
September 9, 2021 by Haley Adams

Before last week’s contest, the Huskies were having some trouble closing out meets. Head coach Mike Topalian, in his third year, came into the meet against Berkshire fresh off a 176-160 loss to Chagrin Valley Conference powerhouse Ashtabula-Edgewood.

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Before last week’s contest, the Huskies were having some trouble closing out meets. Head coach Mike Topalian, in his third year, came into the meet against Berkshire fresh off a 176-160 loss to Chagrin Valley Conference powerhouse Ashtabula-Edgewood.

We have a tough schedule with powerful Geneva and Edgewood squads twice each,” Topalian said. “We also played last year’s sectional champ PV and big time school Massillon Washington. You need four low scores to compete with the elite.”

The Huskies, charged by their powerful top four finishers in senior Conner Callison, sophomore Troy Domen, senior Seth Hill and freshman Matthew Hissa, who finished 38, 40, 45, and 49 respectively, all helped the Huskies pick up a key win over Garrettsville-Garfield, and rival the Berkshire Badgers.

Today, Matt Hissa stepped up with a career low 49,” Topalian said. “We will need him and senior Xander Rose to progress quickly into the 4th spot in the next four weeks.”

Led by Callison, who has been a strong performer for the Huskies, and who has led his young teammates in some key victories, much like this one.

It’s always important to me to beat Berkshire, especially them being our rivals,” Callison said after the win. “After this year I won’t have a chance to face them again.”

Conner is having a terrific senior year with another sub 40 round today,” said Topalian about the strong performance his senior is putting on.

Berkshire’s senior leader Jacob Zeiler recorded a team low 58, as he and his Badgers fell short of the match at Rolling Green Golf Course. The Badgers were facing low numbers, with a number of players missing due to conflicting schedules.

When asked how playing in a tough conference will help Zeiler and his teammates, he mentions that his team is up for the challenge.

It gives us a challenge, and it makes us work a lot more,” Zeiler said.

As for the Huskies, the team looks to compete strongly in another tough tournament. The Huskies will travel to Madison to participate in the Bronko Invitational on Sept. 4th. Then, the Huskies will get revenge against Geneva and Lakeside next week, both meets starting at 4 p.m.

Once we get into the swing of things, we’ll do pretty well in the CVC Tournament,” said Domen. “Hitting the fairway is definitely important, because once you hit the fairway, you’ll have an easier look at the green.”

Cardinal and Berkshire will for sure see each other again at the CVC Tournament on Sept. 20 where the Badgers look for revenge against their rival.