J-L GOLF 2018


Chrencik, Cardinals wins first-ever NWGC championship
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

In just its third season as an MHSAA-sanctioned team, Johannesburg-Lewiston is the North Woods Golf Conference champion.

What’s more, the Cardinals’ No. 1 golfer, Joey Chrencik, finally got a monkey off his by becoming the league’s individual champion, after losing the title to Gaylord St. Mary’s Ryan Meisner during a playoff one year ago.

J-L scored 417 as a team to win the NWGC title Thursday at The Summit at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, beating seven other teams, including the Snowbirds, who shot 488 for sixth place.

“We played well, and (assistant) Mark Peppin and I were talking to each kid ahead of time,” said J-L coach Curt Chrencik, Joey’s father. “We just kept reassuring the kids that it’s a marathon, not a sprint today. We kept reminding them, from hole 7, 11 and 14. We told them that every hole counts, and that’s what we tried to do. And the kids just responded well.”

Chrencik carded 7-over-par 78 to become the individual medalist, shooting 11 shots better than Mackinaw City’s Kal O’Brien, the league’s runner-up. St. Mary’s Tristan Glasby, who edged Chrencik during a regular-season match Monday, shot 93 for third place individually.

It was only Chrencik’s third 18-hole competitive match this spring.

“He really played well and solid,” Coach Chrencik said. “He kept it up mentally for 5 1/2 hours. To shoot 78, he put a stamp on (winning the title) that way, which was great for him. To win by 11 strokes, that’s just putting the exclamation point on it, which was really cool to see. To see him win the individual conference title and contributing to us winning the team conference title, it was just an awesome day.”

Ezra Gascho shot 96 to help the Cardinals, who also relied on Joe Perry (115) and Zeek Lindbert (128). J-L also got help from Keegan Kellogg (129) and Joe Hoy (130).

“They fought through their struggles and come out on top in the end,” Coach Chrencik said. “We ended up winning the team title with everyone contributing.”

“Joe Perry really stepped up for us, and he’s been our No. 4. He shot a 55 on the front, which was his best round of the year. Him shooting 115 was just as important as Joey’s score.”

“Him stepping up was great as was Ezra shooting 96. Those guys tore it up today.”

Helping Glasby and the Snowbirds were Johne Burkhardt (128), Claire Gilling (133), Mac Milne (134) and Brooke Stevens (149).

Up next for both J-L and St. Mary is the Division 4 regional Wednesday, May 29, at The Tradition at Treetops North.

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Chrencik avoids 'trouble swings,' Cardinals win NWGC match at Rogers City

Glasby, Chrencik gearing up for much-anticipated NWGC Championships
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

If Monday’s North Woods Golf Conference match at The Tradition at Treetops North is any indicator, Thursday’s championship in Bellaire should be an exciting finish.

Gaylord St. Mary’s Tristan Glasby and Johannesburg-Lewiston’s Joey Chrencik each shot 8-over-par 43 to tie for first place, so, based on league rules, a handicap tiebreaker gave the actual medalist honors to Glasby, a sophomore who will be vying for an individual conference title Thursday.

The Snowbirds have won the past two individual titles thanks to Noah Kole and Ryan Meisner. Glasby, who is in his third season with the Snowbirds, could give them the three-peat, especially with the way he’s playing to round out the regular season.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” he said. “Joey and I, in the past couple of matches, have fought it out. He’s always done just a little bit better than me. So for me to come out on top, it feels good.”

“But I’ll have to work hard at the (NWGC Championships) to be up there with Joey and maybe beat him. It’s really nice, though, when you’re the youngest kid out there, and you’re up there placing with the older kids.”

As a freshman, Chrencik battled Kole for the title but ultimately fell short during a rain-delayed match at Michaywe Pines. And then last year, as a sophomore, he lost to Meisner during a playoff.

So now’s Chrencik’s time to get that monkey off his back, edge Glasby and a couple of other golfers in the league and claim that title.

“I’m excited for him,” said J-L coach Curt Chrencik, Joey’s father. “The kid has been working hard. I just hope he plays like I know he can play. You hope for that out of all your players.”

“But for him, he’s suffered a couple of tough losses to some good players and good people. He’s set himself up for this. It’s just a matter of finishing the race and playing well like he knows he can.

“At this point, for him, it has nothing to do with his physicalness or with his swing. He has the ability to shoot in the 70s. It’s just a matter of mentally being there, and I think he’s ready, and he will do well.”

Glasby said he’ll contest with Chrencik by playing it safe.

“It’s just about knowing the game, where to hit your approach shots,” he said. “When some people think they should get on the green or go over the bunker, I know it’s smarter to go around the bunker and take safe routes instead of risking the extra stroke or two.”

Of course, up for grabs will be a team title as well, and the Cardinals look poised to capture it.

They placed first during Monday’s match, finishing with a score of 208 as a team.

While Zeek Lindbert (60), Joe Perry (61), Keegan Kellogg (62) and Joe Hoy (63) helped that cause, Ezra Gascho shot 44 to take third individually and show he’s still a golfer on the rise this spring.

“In the last couple of outings, he’s really played well,” Coach Chrencik said. “Someone who has really been showing (improvement) has been Ezra, and he’s just kept it play, kept it in the middle and kept it out of trouble. His scores reflect it. I expect big things out of him (during the NWGC Championships) and for the next few years to come as he’s just a sophomore.”

Mancelona carded 236 for second place, while Wolverine didn’t have enough golfers to score as a team.

The Snowbirds shot 241 for third. Their squad of young golfers will have a tough time winning their first championship without former coach Jerry Kole and their host of past stars who have since graduated, but anything could happen since it’ll be the first 18-hole match most of the golfers in the conference will be playing this season.

Helping Glasby were Johne Burkhardt (57), Mac Milne (67), Megan Loffer (73), Brooke Stevens (74) and Claire Gilling (75).

“Pressure, yeah, there’s just a little bit of it,” Glasby said. “Since (last year’s senior-laden team) isn’t here anymore, I have a lot of big shoes to fill to help lead my team. So, hopefully, I’ll put some work in and make it happen for us."

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J-L Golf News

The J-L Golf team kept their conference championship hopes alive by winning their four team match on 5/16 shooting a team score 204.  Joey Chrencik took first place with a one over par 37, Ezra Gascho 6th with a 52 and Joe Perry 12th with a 57. 
In the 5/17/19 Quad match in Mackinaw City the golf team took second place with the team score of 225. 

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Jordan Crane shot a PR. 
The golf team competes tonight at home (Treetops).  Dismiss them at 2:30

Chrencik avoids 'trouble swings,' Cardinals win NWGC match at Rogers City
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

The weather hasn't been great, but those extra practice rounds are paying off for Joey Chrencik.

The Johannesburg-Lewiston junior shot 1-over-par 37 to become the individual medalist Thursday at Rogers City Country Club. The Cardinals carded 204 as a team to beat the host Hurons, Gaylord St. Mary and Fairview in the North Woods Golf Conference match.

"We've been talking about how he makes about two swings during the course of the round that put him in a bit of trouble," said J-L coach Curt Chrencik, Joey's father. "So we talked to him about not making a couple of those swings that add three or four strokes to his score and put him in the low 40s vs. the high 30s.

"He had maybe one trouble swing today. Other than that, he put himself on the green, around the green and made pars. He was consistent, and he's been working hard."

Coach Chrencik said Joey has stayed after practice to walk an extra nine or 18 holes. He's also worked on the weekends when the team doesn't have practice or an invitational it's competing in.

"He's really focused, and he has taken it on himself to be a steward of the game," Coach Chrencik said. "It's really paying off."

Also scoring for the Cardinals, who battled tough weather early on, were Ezra Gascho with 52, Joe Perry with 57, Zeek Lindbert and Keegan Kellogg each with 58 and Joe Hoy with 64.

"It was cold and raining," Coach Chrencik said. "An hour in, the sun tried to kick out, and it got better as it went on. We were supposed to play at 4 p.m., but we bumped it to 1 p.m. to beat the storm. But that's what everyone in northern Michigan is playing through. Just crappy, cold weather. You just have to muscle through it."

Tristan Glasby shot 48 to place third individually and lead the Snowbirds, who shot 234 as a team and took third place. Johne Burkhardt shot 53, followed by Megan Loffer with 64, Mac Milne with 70 and Brooke Stevens with 74.

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J-L Golf 2019

Chrencik takes 1st, Cardinals soar at NWGC match
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

Johannesburg-Lewiston’s Joey Chrencik carded 4-over-par 40 to become the individual medalist during a North Woods Golf Conference match Tuesday at Michaywe Pines.

The Cardinals shot 211 as a team to tie for first place with Inland Lakes, while Mackinaw City shot 213 for third and St. Mary shot 232 for fourth.

Also helping J-L were Ezra Gascho (51 strokes), Zeek Lindbert (54), Joe Hoy (66), Keegan Kellogg (66) and Joe Perry (68).

Mackinaw City’s shot 43 for second individually, but St. Mary’s Tristan Glasby finished with 47 for third. Other Snowbirds golfing were Johne Burkhardt with 53, Mac Milne with 63, Claire Gilling with 69 and Brooke Stevens with 80.

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J-L Golf News
The J-L golf team took first place at yesterday's 4 team match. 
Inland Lakes was second, Mackinaw City third and Gaylord St Mary's fourth.
Joey Chrencik took first place individually, Ezra Gascho 5th, Zeek Lindbert 10th. 
Joe Hoy and Keegan Kellogg tied for 17th. 
Great job Team!

Is it finally Chrencik’s year?
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

If it weren’t for St. Mary’s Noah Kole and Meisner, Chrencik would have been the NWGC individual champion by now. And it’s not going to get any easier for the J-L junior to win the crown this season either. He’ll have a target on his back, especially after everyone saw him take Meisner to a three-hole playoff to determine who was last year’s top golfer in the conference. Last spring alone, Chrencik was the individual medalist during three matches, placed top 20 in his regional and was the No. 1 scorer in the regular season in his conference. Hopefully, for him and the Cardinals, he can have another successful season and get that monkey off his back by winning it all in the NWGC. But St. Mary’s Glasby will be gunning for him as will a host of newcomers in the league. Perhaps this could be J-L’s year to win the league title, too. They lost PJ Bucy and Joe Bush to graduation, but they bring back four from last year’s squad. Aside from Chrencik, a second-teamer on our 2018 Dream Team, they return sophomore Ezra Gascho, who was probably the Cardinals’ highest riser by season’s end, sophomore Zeek Lindbert and junior Casandra Baur. A pair of juniors in Racheal Galehouse and Chloe House join the team this time around as well as freshmen Joe Hoy, Keegan Kellogg and Joe Perry (that’s three Joe's for Joburg this spring). Back in the golf carts again are coach Curt Chrencik and assistant Mark Peppin.

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2019 Johannesburg-Lewiston Golf Roster

Joey Chrencik - Junior
Casandra Baur - Junior
Racheal Galehouse - Junior
Chloe Johnson - Junior
Ezra Gascho - Sophomore
Zeke Lindbert - Sophomore
Joe Hoy - Freshman
Keegan Kellogg - Freshman
Joe Perry - Freshman

Coaches: Curt Chrencik & Mark Peppin




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Updated 5/24/19