Woodmore’s Alex Gedert was getting a bit lippy on the course during his front-nine Thursday.
But not in the ranting and raving sense. More so in the sense that he couldn’t get his putts to fall, lipping out five en route to a 4-over 40 at the turn.
“I came off the front-nine pretty upset,” Gedert said. “But I started the back with a birdie on No. 10, and it just went from there.”
Nine days after the junior broke his school-record at Green Hills Golf Course, he was back near the top of the leaderboard again. Gedert shot a 4-over 75 to place fifth overall as he paced the Wildcats who shot 327 as a group to finish second as a team and qualify to Thursday’s district tournament at Bowling Green’s Stone Ridge Golf Club.
Gedert fired a school-record 2-under 69 to earn medalist honors at last Tuesday’s Northern Buckeye Conference Championships at the same course.
“I’m excited and the whole team is excited,” Gedert said. “Everyone came through big and we had a great tournament.”
Woodmore got a pair of 83s from both Myles DeStazio and Devin Fisher, while Connor Witt shot an 86 and Matt Hartford rounded out the lineup with an 89.
Ottawa Hills, led by medalist Ben Silverman’s 4-under 67, earned the overall team title with a 287. St. Mary Central Catholic was third at 338 to earn the final team spot.
St. Joseph Central Catholic’s Aaron Burns was the top individual qualifier with a 6-over 77. Others making it were Old Fort’s Brad Heilman (80), Cardinal Stritch’s Sam Harrison with an 82 and Lakota’s Hunter Chalfin who carded an 84.
SJCC was fourth as a team with a 344, missing the district cut by six shots.
“This was the best round of the year, by far, that these guys have shot collectively as a total,” Crimson Streaks coach Dave Cope said. “They fought hard out there and it was right down to the last man whether or not we’d edge our way in.”
Mathias Michelsen fired an 85 for SJCC, which also got an 86 from Colin Spader and a pair of 96s from Christian Smith and Daniel Foos.
Burns shot a 74 to earn medalist honors at the Midland Athletic League Championships played at Green Hills last Thursday. He’s the lone senior on a young team that lost arguably its greatest golfer, Connor Dudley, to graduation this past spring.
“Aaron has really knuckled down the last two times we’ve played here,” Cope said. “It’s that time of the year where you have to play your best golf and he’s done that.”
Fifth-place Gibsonburg (363) was led by two rounds of 88 from both Adam Neeb and Cyrus Foos.
Old Fort, seventh (374), got a 97 from Adam Alexander and Maison Steyer.
Heilman, the Stockaders low-man, is a part-time golfer who considers soccer as his main sport. But his golf coach Matt Combs is glad he picks up the golf clubs, too. Combs has only had a few falls in his seven years at Old Fort where his season ended before districts.
“That was Brad’s best score ever in a tournament, which as a senior, it was nice to see,” Combs said. “He had a fairly solid first nine, but he doubled his ninth-hole for a 42. But he rebounded nicely and shot a 38 on the back, even with a ball he hit out of bounds on 16 where he said he bladed a wedge.”
Chalfin paced ninth-place Lakota (384), which got a 93 from Kevin Woodruff.
Ryan Hager’s 99 was the low score for 11th-place Bettsville, which shot a 467.