OCHS First Decade Teams

Jeff Michner was top Raider golfer in First Decade!

Gazette Staff Writer

Jeff Michner has completed his high school golfing trifecta.

The Ocean City High School graduate was the Raider Player of the Decade for the 1990s and the Player of the 20th Century. Now, he is also the Player of the Decade for the First Decade of the 21st Century.

It was partly good timing for Michner. He earned the 1990s award because his freshman and sophomore years were in that decade and clearly the best of any other player. But, in the first two seasons of this decade he was even better.

As a junior, Michner averaged 37.65 strokes for nine holes, the lowest average in OCHS history. His senior average (38.40) was slightly higher but it was still good enough for him to be named South Jersey Golfer of the Year by the Courier-Post. He finished first in both the Cape-Atlantic League Tournament and the NJSIAA South-Central Group 3 Tournament that year. A first team, All-South Jersey selection in both 2000 and 2001, Michner played in 80 regular season matches in his career, breaking 40 in 45 of them.

Joining Michner on the OCHS First Decade All Stars is Matt Lombardi, an all-conference pick this spring and a second team selection in 2008. Lombardi averaged 37.80 strokes per nine holes this year, the second best average in school history. He was an All-Group 3 choice in South Jersey.

Others on the seven-player all star squad include Kevin McCarthy, an all-conference selection in 2007; Matt Brown, an all-conference choice in 2000; Matt Galownia, a second team all-conference choice three times; and both Justin Heckler and Elisa Mateer, second team selections in 2008.

But Jeff Michner again wrote his name into the OCHS record books with his play during the first two years of this decade, adding to his selection as Raider Golfer of the 90s and Golfer of the 20th Century. He joins Desmond Atkinson (80s) and Jim McKeon (70s) as Ocean City High School Golfers of the Decade.

OCHS Golf in the First Decade
2000....20-4....Skip Angelo/Pat Dougherty
2001....15-9....Skip Angelo/Pat Dougherty
2002....15-8....Skip Angelo/Pat Dougherty
2003....14-7....Skip Angelo/Pat Dougherty
2004....10-10...Skip Angelo/Pat Dougherty
2005....11-10...Skip Angelo/Pat Dougherty
2006....15-5....Skip Angelo/Pat Dougherty
2007....15-6....Skip Angelo
2008....14-4....Skip Angelo
2009....15-2....Skip Angelo

The First Decade Raider Golf Team
Matt Brown (2000)
Jeff Michner (2001)
Kevin McCarthy (2007)
Justin Heckler (2008)
Elisa Mateer (2008)
Matt Galownia (2009)
Matt Lombardi (2009)