In his fourth season at the helm of the Fairfield Union golf team, Greg Kline has the Falcons playing in the District Championships for the third straight season. Despite losing three starters from last year’s team, the 2012 version has statistically been Kline’s best.
Some team members have been even better than their coach.
At a match against Canal Winchester at Pumpkin Vine Golf Course on Sept. 13, junior Jordan Barr and sophomore Caleb Herd both shot a 32, breaking Kline’s 38-year old Fairfield Union 9-hole record.
The coach was happy to watch his mark fall.
“The last record left was the one I had back in 1974,” Kline said. “It was just exciting for me to see them play that well. It’s what you work on.”
Though Herd said he expected the team’s overall record to be better than the 70-10 mark it has posted so far, he did not anticipate setting the record.
“I couldn’t believe that we actually did it, knowing coach and how amazing he has been in his career,” he said. “I never thought I would be able to do that. It was a great feeling to have one of my teammates be there with me and break it.”
The individual 9-hole record was the last Falcons’ golf record to fall this season as the boys team has added their names to the school record books in every.
“We’ve had a really good year as a team,” Barr said. “We’ve played some really good competition that is going to help us out in the district tournament. We’ve played some really consistent golf this year.”
That consistent golf propelled the team to a second-place finish in the Mid State League-Buckeye Division this season and saw Barr break the 18-hole individual record by shooting a 69. The team record for an 18-hole course was also set this season at a 301, while the nine-hole team record fell twice for the Falcons this season, most recently at Pumpkinvine with a 140. Along with Herd and Barr, Steven Noble and Devin Munyan scored for the Falcons during the nine-hole record, while those four and Collin Jessup were a part of the 18-hole mark.
Aside from Kline’s, most of the Fairfield Union records were not very old.
“At the beginning of the season, what was on their minds was they wanted to break all the school records that last year’s team set,” he said. “We really didn’t know what to expect. We just went out. We worked hard in the summer. Slowly, during the season things kind of gelled for us.”
The Falcons tee off today at Pickaway Country Club in Circleville for the District Championship knowing their regular-season records don’t matter. The top two teams and top two individuals will advance to state.
“We are just going to have to come out and be consistent,” said Barr, who also plays basketball and baseball for the Falcons. “We should be able to get out if everyone comes out and does their job. That’s something I’ve always wanted, to go to state as an athlete.”
Barr and Herd earned first-team MSL-Buckeye Division honors while Jessup, Noble and Munyan were all named to the second team. Thomas Green was an honorable mention. All of the Falcons will have to play well to move on to the state tournament.
“We are good enough players that if we have a few bad holes we can get it together and come back from it. Consistency is really key for us,” Barr said. “Our main goal all year was to get to state.”
For the third straight year, the Falcons are just 18 holes away.