Beachwood High School senior golfer Drew Schnee is the Cleveland Jewish News-Buffalo Wild Wings Warrensville Heights Player of the Week.
Schnee, 17, earned the honors for his strong performance, including a match-low 35 to earn medalist honors, in a Sept. 4 loss to Kirtland High School. The loss was Beachwood’s first of the season.
Schnee, who is undecided about where he will attend college next year, said he thinks the season has gone well so far.
“Individually, it’s been a pretty good season,” Schnee said. “I’ve won two tournaments, so that’s good.”
Schnee said he was especially proud of his performance on Aug. 9, when he earned medalist honors during the preseason tournament at Pine Hills Golf Course in Hinckley Township for shooting a division-low 72, which tied the match low.
His goals for the rest of the season are making the state tournament and winning MVP of the Chagrin Valley Conference.
Beachwood boys golf coach Will Cumpstone said it’s been “a pleasure” having Schnee on the varsity team the past four years, including the past two as team captain.
“He’s been a leader on the course,” Cumpstone said. “He came in his freshman year with great etiquette and knowledge of the game and he’s just matured with his course management over the years.”
Cumpstone said Schnee has been “steady” this season.
“The only thing holding him back from scoring better would be dropping 30 putts,” Cumpstone said. “He’s a strong putter, he just hasn’t had a really hot day with the putter yet, which is a good thing - hopefully he gets hot in sectionals and districts. He’s a very solid ball-striker, he’s very athletic, not many people realize that about Drew. He’s a very good athlete and he can create a lot of clubhead speed and hits it a ton off the tee. I think a few times he’s trying things out on the course when gets himself in trouble, which aren’t always the smartest thing for that round, but I think in the long range, it’s a good option for him to be trying them. So, hopefully if he gets to states and gets stuck in a prickly situation, he can pull off that shot.”
Cumpstone shares Schnee’s goal of getting the senior to the state tournament this year.
“He’s gotta play well in sectionals,” Cumpstone said. “He can’t overlook that. But it comes down to him performing like he has all year. ... Once he’s at states, he’s more than capable of playing with the best golfers in Ohio.”