Arcanum Boys Golf Team Defeats Versailles

by | Sep 28, 2021 | Arcanum, Darke County News, Golf, Schools, Sports

Freshman Graham Brubaker has emerged as one of the top golfers this year in the Western Ohio Athletic Conference. (Dale Barger Photo)

ARCANUM – The Arcanum boys golf team defeated Versailles by the score of 163 – 190 at Beechwood Golf Course just a few days after winning the WOAC post season tournament and garnering a share of the first ever WOAC Boys Golf Title.

Will Brubaker was the medalist shooting a par 36 for Arcanum.  Clay Hess had a 41, Graham Brubaker 42, Aiden Psczulkoski 44, Chad Pitzer 46 and Nate Kessler a 53.

During the match Arcanum golf coach Jordan Greve gave me some insight on his team and the spectacular season they are having.

Arcanum is led by the Brubaker brothers; Will who is a senior and Graham a freshman. Less than a tenth of stroke separates the two who are 1st and 2nd in the conference averaging 37.8 strokes per 9 holes.

“Will and Graham Brubaker are great kids and a lot of fun to watch golf,” Greve commented.

“I can’t talk about them without saying how proud I am of them, they as just good people and make it so easy on me as a coach.  They are good students, get good grades, very respectful.  Then bring in the golf, I wish I had a swing as good as them,” Greve exclaimed.

“Graham for a freshman is so impressive with what he can do with a golf ball and Will has been so steady over the years.  Honestly, their swings are to a point that it’s beyond my ability as a coach to impact them.  What I try to do is help them game manage the course and shot – club selection and here’s what to do in that situation.  That is about as good as I can do for them considering how good they really are,” Greve blushed.

The Trojans have a pair of seniors Chad Pritzer at the 3 spot and Clay Hess at the 4.

“Both are fun to coach, Chad is a little more serious – stoic, while Clay Hess is the clown on the team and they balance each other well, which is why I pair them up to keep each other levelheaded.  Chad has played the last couple of years on varsity and been very solid and consistent and we can count on him for a good score.  Clay has struggled a bit down the stretch but he’s very capable of going low and we’ll need that going into the post season,” Greve stated.

Playing the 5 spot is junior Aiden Psczulkoski and at the 6 is junior Nate Kessler.  

“Aiden is the most improved player from last year.  He came in very green and caught the bug and is all about golf, asking how he can get better and playing all the time.  It’s really showing to this year as he has knocked off between 10-15 strokes a round,” Greve boasted.

“Nate is a first-year golfer and a very athletic guy who also plays basketball and baseball.  We were excited he joined the team this year.  He’s kind of finding his way, learning about golf and I’m excited about his future as he puts more time into his game this summer as we will need him next year,” Greve concluded.

Senior Will Brubaker was the medalist this year in the WOAC and averages 37.8 strokes per 9 holes. Will shot a 36 even par verses Versailles. (Dale Barger Photo)
Chad Pritzer is shown chipping onto the green against Versailles. (Dale Barger Photo)
Jr. Clay Hess is shown driving the ball on a par 5. Hess shot a 41 against Versailles. (Dale Barger Photo)
Aiden Psczulkoski drives the ball off the tee verses Versailles and shot 44 in the match. (Dale Barger Photo)
Nate Kessler shows off his follow through of the tee in match with Versailles. (Dale Barger Photo)

Dale Barger is a lifelong sports enthusiast and has covered high school athletics for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio and now becomes sports editor for Darke County now. For 18 years Dale has been a sportswriter for The Daily Advocate and has been published in online sorts magazines and conference websites.

Dale is also an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years.

Dale is a member of The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and was a 2019 recipient of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Media Service Award.

Dale lives on a 72-acre farm outside of New Madison, Ohio and is married to Rita Ann (Fourman) Barger and together they have two sons and three grandkids.

If you don’t see Dale at a sporting event you might catch him following his other passion – photographing nature and wildlife.

Contact Darke County Now Editor Media Sports Editor Dale Barger at dbarger@darkecountynow.com.

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