Maria Warner of the Marlington Dukes juggles golf, basketball

Jack Mayle looks up as they resume the First Tee Tour at Arrowhead Golf Club on Monday June 21, 2021.  (Bob Rossiter / Repository)

Strong winds. Intermittent driving rain. Power failure in the clubhouse.

There were perhaps better days for Marlington junior Maria Warner to make her summer golf debut. You will take the bottom line.

Warner took first place in the First Tee of Canton Junior Tour event at Arrowhead Golf Club in North Canton on Monday. Warner won at 85 but circumstances made for a tough day.

Marlington's Maria Warner chips from a sand trap on the first hole of a game against Hoover at Arrowhead Golf Club on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

“It wasn’t a great day for me,” said Warner. “We hit the white tees. They are further back than what I usually play. The rain and wind also made it very difficult.”

Most of Warner’s problems occurred early in the morning when she was shaking off some rust.

“My first nine were just terrible,” said Warner. “I hit the ball out of the way. After two holes I was 5-over. I think a positive result is that I was only 3-over the rest of the way.”

For the versatile warner it was the first event on a busy day. She had a summer league basketball game planned for later that evening. That’s no surprise considering she’s part of a strong core of players the Dukes should have back for the 2021-22 season.

Maria Warner - left, on duty in the Northwest on December 30, 2020 - helped the Marlington girls' basketball team make it to the district finals last season.

“It can be difficult at times to balance the two sports,” said Warner. “I try to prioritize the season that is closest, but I’m always working to get better. I would say basketball is probably my favorite sport. I’m really looking forward to our high school season next year. That last year was really something special for us. “

The Marlington girls’ golf team should also be prepared for a good season. The Dukes will bring back any player from last year’s young team who has gained valuable experience.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Warner. “Everyone has gotten better. We also have a really good newcomer this season. It will be a lot of fun.”

The short game at Arrowhead

No other age group completed 18 holes due to the weather. Lake Junior Jack Armstrong won the boys 16-18 age group with a 9-hole 38.

“It was my first tournament in the summer and I’m happy with the result,” said Armstrong. “It was a day that you definitely had to adapt. We had rain and a lot of wind. These are conditions that make it difficult.”

Jack Armstrong watches his tee shot during the Boys 16-18 division of the First Tee Tour at Arrowhead Golf Club on Monday, June 21, 2021. (Bob Rossiter / Repository)

Raffaele Scassa won the boys 13-15 with 39.

“You really had to take the wind into account,” said Scassa. “It was tough, but you just have to play it. I didn’t get off to a good start, but I did it and did a couple of putts.”

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Eddie Karam won the boys 10 -12 with a 40.

The Hutzler sisters win every record

The remaining age groups were won by two sisters.

North Canton Middle School golfer Ellie Hutzler won the girls 13-15 with a 42.

“It was a pretty good lap for me,” said Hutzler. “I tried not to let the elements influence me.”

Frankie Hutzler won the girls aged 10-12 at 45.

“I think I did well,” said Frankie Hutzler. “My clubs were very slippery because of the early rain, but I tried not to let that affect me. Luckily my putts went in.”

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The First Tee of Canton Junior Tour will continue next Monday with an event at the Raintree Country Club.

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Campbell Young (left) and Stasia Wells await the tee shot before a weather delay during the Girls 16-18 division of the First Tee Tour at Arrowhead Golf Club on Monday June 21, 2021. (Bob Rossiter / Repository)

Results of the first tee of the Canton Junior Golf Tour

at Arrowhead Golf Club, par 71


10-12 1, Eddie Karam 40; 2, Noah Ickes 47; 3, Miles Y or 57; 4, (Tie) Andrew Pucky, Luke Potashnik 59.

13-15 1, Raffaele Scassa 39; 2, Evan Jordanides 43; 3, James Yoder 45; 4, Evan Raymond 45; 5, (tie) Tyler DeRoy, Ben Sibert 48; 7, Carter Russell 52; 8, Anthony Capabianco 53; 9, Matthew Kittle 54; 10, Jacob Südland 55; 11, Seth Anderson 58; 12, Dylan Bourquin70; 13, Anthony Swigert 63,

16-18 1, Jack Armstrong 38; 2, Jack Mayle 39; 3, Andrew Arway 44; 4, Connor Battershell 45; 5, (tie) Blake Howard, Luke Nagy 46; 7, Nathan Varner 49; 8, Sam Boyles 51; 9, (tie) Greyson Phister 52, Caleb Harsh 52; 11, Wilhelm Haupt 56.


10-12 1, Frankie Hutzler45; 2, Leah Dang 52; 3, Angelina Boyles57; 4, Ava Potaschnik 61; 5, Gia remark 63; 6, Charlie Brophy 65; 7, Kaelyn Harper 70.

13-15 1, Ellie Hutzler 42; 2, Kylie Porter 45; 3, Ava-Kemp 45; 4, Sydney Shocklee 47; 5, Cara Murphy 52; 6, Audrey Nichols54; 7, Lauren Brown55; 8, Sophia Radosevic 56; 9, Kamdyn Hershberger 57.

16-18 1, Maria Warner 85; 2, Abby Davis 86; 3, Campbell Young 87; 4, Katelyn Potashnik 88; 5, Amanda Fedor 99; 6, Ava Wadley 110; 7, Stasia Wells 124.


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