Golf: Local competitors fall short of state

Golf: Local competitors fall short of state

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Golf: Local competitors fall short of state

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GRANVILLE — Four area competitors were aiming for state berths Wednesday in the Division II boys district golf tournament at Granville Golf Course.

Unfortunately, each fell short in their bids to overcome wet, windy conditions.

The top two teams and individuals on nonqualifying teams will compete in the state tournament Oct. 12 and 13 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Golf Course.

John Glenn sophomore Nate Terry led the area contingent. He shot 39 on the front nine and 38 on the back to card a 77, which was two strokes short of the 75 needed to advance.

Terry felt a bad start and end to his round were the difference.

“I had three bogeys on the first four holes and had a couple of three-putts on the last few holes,” Terry said. “Despite those, I felt good to still shoot 77.”

His teammate, Jordan Wheeler, did not fare as well, with a 92 (44-48).

Terry hopes they can use this experience to help put the Muskies in position for a state berth next season.

“It’s different being out here as an individual and not a team where others can pick you up,” Terry remarked. “We made it as a team last year, and we have some freshmen coming up that can help us out.”

West Muskingum senior Alex Weeks and Philo junior Logan Kirkbride both shot 87. Weeks had 45 on the front nine and 42 on the back, and Kirkbride started well, shooting a 39 on the front nine but followed that up with a 48 on the back.

East Liverpool won the team title with 314 followed by St. Clairsville’s 315. Zach Keylor of St. Clairsville and East Liverpool’s Blake Prince tied for overall medalist with 74s.

Individual qualifiers were Bexley’s Grant Murphy and Jon Ransone from Columbus Watterson, who both shot 75.

They beat John Carlisle of Johnstown-Monroe, who also had 75, on the first hole of a three-player playoff for the final two spots.

The final team standings were Columbus Watterson third (317) followed by Bexley (321), Columbus Hartley (328), Martins Ferry (329), Coshocton (333), River Valley (344), Indian Valley (349), Lakewood (349), Tuscarawas Valley (352) and London (359).

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