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Firestone boys golf team season off to strong start

9/4/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

WEST AKRON — The Firestone High School boys golf team is out to a 7-2 overall start — including a 4-0 mark in the City Series — and head coach Dave Milo said he is “really pleased” with how the season has unfolded so far.

“First of all, we have a bunch of nice guys. That makes a big difference, because when you have a good group of kids, it’s so much easier to coach them,” he said. “But they have been playing just outstanding golf and they are fun to watch.”

The team’s lone senior this season is Jonathan Giaquinto.

“He’s a fourth-year player, and he’s a smart kid. He’s very, very intelligent; in fact, he’s probably going to go to college for engineering,” the coach said. “He analyzes everything and I think that actually hurt him a little bit last year. He maybe overthought things a little bit, but he took some time off and got back into it. This year, he’s had a couple of matches where he’s been under par. He’s just hitting the ball so well this year.”

Milo said “the sky’s the limit” for junior Brian Schultz.

“Brian has been around golf his whole life. It’s in his bloodlines big time and you can tell he lives for the game,” the coach said. “I think he could play college golf if he wants to. He just has the right personality and the right temperament for the game of golf.”

Another key player this year, Milo said, is junior Sam DiMeo, who is in his third year on the team.

“Sammy’s getting better every year,” the coach said. “He’s hitting the ball better this year than I’ve ever seen. There aren’t many people as good as him off the tee. If he slows down and plays his game, he can play with anybody.”

Rounding out the team are three juniors who are getting better each week, Milo said. Those players (with comments on each by the coach) are as follows:

  • Alex Erisey: “Boy, has he improved his game. He’s a baseball player, and with a baseball swing it can be hard to adjust, but he has finally adjusted and he is playing some good golf. He’s probably knocked eight strokes off his score this year.”
  • Jack Johnson: “This is Jack’s first year with the team and he’s been a very good surprise for us. Personality-wise, he fits in great, but he also has a beautiful swing. Once he gets his short game down, he’s really going to help us out.”
  • Nick Kormushoff: “Nick has really improved his game a lot. He’s really done a nice job for us. He has slowed his game down. He’s become a lot more patient and he has realized that golf is a game of skill, not brawn.”

According to Milo, there has been noticeable improvement by each player on the team this season.

“These guys are all striving to improve and they do that by working on the little things,” he said. “They know that it’s win now or go home for us. This is Jonathan’s last year and the juniors only have one more year.”

The team’s No. 1 goal, the coach said, is to win the City Series.

“After that, I think we can get three players pretty far into the state tournament,” Milo said. “I really think we can do that. On any give day, Jonathan, Brian or Sam can end up in Columbus. But mainly I just want to see them keep playing the way they have been and I want to see them continue to have fun playing this game.”

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