High school golf coaches do their part to grow the game
- By Jeff Gilbert (@jw_gilbert)
Bellbrook boys and girls
Head coach: Jeff Scohy, 6th season
Successes: Six straight Division II district appearances for the boys team. Won or shared the past three boys league titles.

BellbrookScohy is one of the area’s longtime top amateur golfers. So when he took over the program his first tasks were to ramp up the competitive nature he was used to.

Instead of practices consisting of only the driving range, he got them on the course every day to play, hit on the driving range and use the putting green.

“We really stepped up the game,” Scohy said.

The second thing he did was start a junior program for fifth through eighth grade boys and girls.

The junior team is not a school-affiliated team. It’s a club team that plays 10 to 15 matches as part of the South Dayton Junior Golf League that he started. He also went to the school’s home course, Sugar Valley Golf Club, and worked out a way for every kid to have the opportunity to buy a junior membership.

“Now the kids can play and practice out there all the time,” Scohy said.

The next step for Scohy meant improving the schedule. He took the team from two or three 18-hole tournaments before school started to 15 18-hole tournaments. The rest of the schedule consists of the mandatory 9-hole Southwestern Buckeye League matches.

“We’re playing double the amount of golf that they were playing before,” Scohy said. “So that’s really stepped us up competitively.”

This past week, the Golden Eagles shot 299 to win their league division title by 65 strokes. All six golfers placed in the top nine.

Scohy had two girls on the boys team when he started, but that grew to a standalone girls team of five players in 2022 and seven this season. He typically keeps 14 boys to field one varsity team and a JV team.

Scohy began coaching three years before his son C.J., who is the team’s best player, reached high school.

“I just wanted to make sure he had a good competitive team and a good program and a legit schedule,” Scohy said.

He would like to continue coaching long after his son and daughter graduate from high school, but he said family considerations will help govern that decision.

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