TABERNACLE >> It was a memorable campaign for the Seneca High School boys golf team this spring.
The season culminated with the Golden Eagles successfully defending its team title in the NJSIAA Central/South Group 2 championships May 14.
Led by senior Scott Warner’s 82 (39 front nine, 43 back nine) at the par-72 Twisted Tune Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, the Golden Eagles finished third overall and first among South Jersey schools with a 341 score.
Warner was followed by teammates: senior Eddie Cashwell (84; 46-38), senior Sean Casey (87; 47-40), junior Jake Meyer (88; 41-47) and junior Cian Doyle (89; 42-47).
“Scott Warner was his usual steady consistent leader of the team, said Seneca coach Scott Glossner. “Each one of the other four has a low nine, 38 for Eddie, 40 for Sean, 41 for Jake, and 42 for Cian. They hung in there during some rough patches and secured a second straight championship.”
Seneca earned the 200th win in program history in April.
Senior Scott Warner’s three-over-par 38 led the undefeated Golden Eagles to a 167-178 victory over visiting Shawnee in an Olympic Conference interdivision match April 16 at the Little Mill Country Club.
Seneca travelled to Pawleys Island, S.C. to compete in the Palmetto High School Golf Championships April 18-20. The first round was played on April 18 at True Blue Golf Club and the Golden Eagles shot 347 to finish in 10th place.
The second round on April 19 was cancelled due to heavy thunderstorms and high winds.
The final round dawned chilly and windy April 20 at Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, but the Golden Eagles responded by shooting 331, the fourth-best team score of the day in their flight. After totaling up the two days, the team finished in seventh place.
Individual scores were: Scott Warner (11th; 81-79—160), junior Cian Doyle (33rd; 89-84—173), junior Jake Meyer (22nd; 88-85—173), Sean Casey (35th; 89-85—174) and senior Eddie Cashwell (35th; 91-83—174 (35th place).
A district sweep
Seneca achieved another goal when a 164-168 victory over Cherokee April 30 completed a season sweep of its Lenape Regional High School District rivals, something the Golden Eagles had never been able to do in its history.
Coach Glossner felt 2019 could be a special season for his team.
“The team improved dramatically near end of last year and culminated the season by winning 2018 South/Central Group II sectionals,” said Glossner. “The guys came out this year with a set of goals that they wanted to attain and have worked extremely hard on their games to try and achieve those goals.”
The veteran coach points to the April trip as a springboard to what was an outstanding season.
“These five bonded together on our Myrtle Beach trip, where we finished seventh in our flight, and I truly believe it led them to the success they enjoyed this season,” said Glossner.
The Golden Eagles were 19-1 overall and a perfect 12-0 in the Olympic Conference National Division for their sixth division crown in program history (2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2019).
Their only setback was to visiting Cherry Hill East, 173-181, at home on May 9.
“I would say this team is probably the third-best in school history behind the 2005 state championship team and the real strong team of 2013, which went 18-2 but had better scoring average then this team,” said Glossner. Since we moved to Little Mill Country Club, this team is the best I've had.”
Seneca’s top five golfers this season were as follows:
Scott Warner, senior, 41 average: “Scott’s a two-year captain, first-team all-conference this team and our most consistent golfer all season,” said Glossner
Jake Meyer, junior 42 average: “Jake’s a two-year varsity starter who was 10th in the Burlington County Open this year and a first-team all-conference selection this season,” said Glossner.
Cian Doyle, junior, 42.5 average: “Cian’s a two-year varsity starter who was a first-team all-conference this season,” said Glossner.
Eddie Cashwell, senior, 44 average: “Eddie improved dramatically the last month of season and had team’s lowest nine-hole score (36 at Scotland Run),” said Glossner of Cashwell, a first-team all-conference all-star this season.
Sean Casey, senior, 44 average: “Sean’s a two-year varsity starter who was a second-team all-conference this season,” said Glossner.