Better late than never is an adage University of Cincinnati golfer David Tepe can take solace in whenever he grips a club.
The Lakota East High School grad spent four years waiting for his first college win. He got it at his last event — the Big East Conference tournament — April 30 in Orlando, Fla.
“I already graduated,” Tepe said. “I knew it would be my last college tournament. The week and a half prior, I was basically done with school. I only had one exam left so I spent a lot of my time trying to get my game going. I didn’t play well much of the fall and for the first half of the spring, but late in the spring I started feeling it a little more.”
Tepe shot 208 over three rounds, shooting back-to-back 69s the first two days and a 70 in the final round. He shot 8-under for the tournament and finished one stroke ahead of Chris Kopeka of South Florida.
Under pressure most of the tournament, Tepe finally put it away on the next-to-last hole.
“I got to the 53rd and I hit a birdie, and I knew I needed it,” Tepe said. “I walked off that green knowing that putt may have won it. It sent chills down my spine. Four of my frat brothers were there cheering me on. So were my parents and grandparents.”
Tepe was a standout at Lakota East, where he won several individual titles. He played in several tournamnets last summer and qualified for the U.S. Amateur.
“I had finished in the top 10 or 15 in tournaments, but that hump — I was waiting to get over it,” Tepe said. “I’ve tasted some success before, but I finally got over that hump at the Big East tournament.”
Tepe will play in next week’s NCAA Regional, which he qualified for by winning the Big East. After that, he’s keeping his options open.
“I definitely want to stay competitive and see if, by the end of the year, if I have what it takes to go to the next level,” Tepe said. “It’s a big jump going from amateur to professional. I want to see how my game progresses, but I also want to get to work and get my career going.”
Pulos leads Otterbein: Allie Pulos (Northmont), a senior on the Otterbein University women’s golf team, shot back-to-back 85s to finish second at the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament. She helped lead Otterbein to an Ohio Athletic Conference championship. Pulos and Otterbein will compete at the NCAA Division III tournament on May 14-17.
Cedarville runner-up: The Cedarville University baseball team took second in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference baseball championship on May 8. Cedarville lost to Trevecca Nazarene 10-7 in the championship game.
The Yellow Jackets began play in the NCCAA Midwest Regional on Friday.