Cook overcomes death of his father to win

Cook overcomes death of his father to win

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Cook overcomes death of his father to win

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MARYSVILLE

Mitchell Cook, a Colonel Crawford product, overcame the death of his father the same day to win a championship in the Heart of Ohio Junior Golf Association tournament at the Marysville Country Club.

Cook carded a 2-over-par 74 with eight pars and four birdies to take first place in the 16-18 age division.

His father, Brian Cook, died Wednesday morning after a short illness.

Mitchell Cook fired twin nine-hole rounds of 37 to grab the crown.

Brian Cook was a 1979 Galion High School graduate. He was the course superintendent at Marion Country Club for more than 20 years and bought New Winchester Golf Course eight years ago.

Brian Cook had won the Father-Son golf tournament at New Winchester with each of his sons, Brody and Mitchell.

The funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home in Galion.

T.J. Cowans of Big Walnut finished second in the division with a 75 while Nate Smith from Wynford placed third at 78. Kyle Hall of Marion Harding, Eric Powell of Galion and Michael Powers from Wynford shared fourth with 79s.

Colin Chapman from River Valley won the 13-15 age division with a 78 built on nine-hole tallies of 40 and 38. He scored 11 pars and one birdie.

Britton Hensel of Kenton nabbed second in that division with a 79, and Anthony McKee, also from Kenton, was third with an 85. Jake Wilson from Big Walnut placed fourth with an 86, and sharing fifth place with 88s were Ryan Adams of Marion Harding and Zack Hosack of Mount Gilead.

Max McCloy of Pleasant captured first place in the 12-and-under division with a 40. Golfers in that division play only nine holes.

Kameron Hall of Marion Harding shot a 44 for second place in the 12-and-under division, and Mason Rinehart of Pleasant took third with a 51.

The next HOJGA tournament will be held Tuesday at Pine Lakes Golf Course near Mount Gilead. For more information, visit www.hojga.org or call 740-389-6207.

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