Aurora boys golfers hope to continue success after dazzling 2019

FRANK ACETO Reporter

When it comes to the Aurora boys golf team’s performance last year, it was both amazing and to a much lesser degree, somewhat disappointing.

First, the amazing part: The Greenmen finished 12-0 in dual matches.

The not so amazing part?

Aurora settled for third place in the overall Suburban League American Conference standings behind Kent Roosevelt and Highland.

The Greenmen also finished seventh in Division I sectional play and did not have a single representative at the district competition.

Fortunately, Aurora appears to have all of its pieces in place to continue its success and perhaps finish a bit higher in the tournaments that really matter.

The Greenmen lost just two players to graduation. They are AJ Ventimiglia and Bradley Valdman.

However, Aurora has plenty of seasoned veterans back in the mix. Leading the way is senior Luke Radis, who was the Greenmen’s top player last fall. Radis, who led Aurora with a 17th-place score of 79 at sectional play last year, earned first-team American Conference honors. Radis qualified for district play in 2018.

Also back are senior Mason Wolkov, who earned second-team all-conference honors and junior Alex Ventimiglia, who received honorable mention to the American Conference all-star team.

Other returning players include senior Danny Abbas and sophomore Jude Abbass. Freshman Max Devins hopes to eventually make an impact as well.

“We have some experience returning to the team,” seventh-year Greenmen head coach Dave Munson said. “Luke and Mason are three-year letter winners. Danny and Alex are two-year letter winners and Jude is a returning letter winner.”

The junior varsity coach is Dave Dankelson. Lizzy D’Amato is a volunteer coach. Last year, Aurora won the first conference tournament, placed second in the next two conference tourneys and took third in the fourth and final competition.

“We look to be competitive in the American Conference,” Munson said.

The Greenmen are scheduled to make their 2020 debut at Suburban League crossover rival Twinsburg Friday at Gleneagles Golf Club. Play is set to begin at 11:15 a.m.

Reporter Frank Aceto can be reached at 330-541-9444, faceto@recordpub.com or @Faceto_Gannett.