KENWOOD – The top returner on Moeller High School’s state championship golf team has had an eventful spring and summer with a pair of tournament wins.
Incoming senior Jake Fox won an event at Walden Ponds in May, then recently ended June by taking the Ohio Junior tournament at Lancaster Country Club with a two-day total of 145 (74-71). More than 150 junior golfers from various part of the state competed.
“I was just scrambling really well.” Fox said. “I just was always there and always gave myself a chance to make a par. I just hung in there and I had a three-hole stretch on the back nine where I made three birdies. That got me the W. My parents and sister were there. It was pretty cool.”
The 17-year-old has verbally committed to play golf at the University of Cincinnati in 2016 for coach Doug Martin. The Bearcats currently play in the American Athletic Conference, which features several schools in the golf-rich South. The ante could be upped with a conference change.
“It’s pretty competitive.” Fox said. “Hopefully while I’m there, they’ll make the move to the Big 12.”
When the Moeller season kicks in with coach Rick Bohne, Fox should be the No. 1 player having led the Crusaders with the lowest score five times last fall. His 18-hole average was 75 and in the state championship he had rounds of 80 and 79 and tied for seventh individually.
“Hanging in there is the best part of my game,” Fox said.
Joining Fox as a senior will be Michael O’Brien and sixth man Aidan Brown will move into the rotation. Nick Benza will be a junior for Moeller and there will be additional fresh faces.
His best round has been a 70 at Clovernook and he enjoys playing at Coldstream in Anderson Township. His competitive golf career began with success on a small course prior to a baseball game.
“I had a mini tournament at Little Miami golf course that I won and got a little trophy,” Fox said. “I run off to a baseball game right after it and I really didn’t want to play at all. I decided to stop playing after the season and focus on golf.”
Fox said he recently ran into his Little League baseball coach who told him he obviously made the right choice.
In recent weeks, Fox has played at Otter Creek in Columbus, Ind., and went on a Moeller golf trip to Tennessee. He also participated in this week’s U.S. Amateur at Coldstream.