Four strokes is all that separated the Wynford golf team from a repeat trip to districts at Thursday’s Division III sectional match at Valley View Golf Course.
The Royals were the last team to have its total added to the board, finishing with a 351, just shy of third place. Reigning state champion Crestview, defended its sectional title with a score of 305, followed by New London (344) and Hopewell-Loudon (347).
Wynford senior Nathan Smith was disappointed his team wasn’t able to advance, but he did qualify as the top individual, shooting an 80.
“I thought I was going to do that, but I figured we would make it out as a team as well,” Smith said. “It feels pretty good, because this is the last goal of the season I had at the beginning of the year. I wanted to average in the 30s, win the league, win the NCC tournament and make it back to districts, so it’s pretty cool to accomplish all those goals I set.”
Buckeye Central senior Adam McGinnis nervously watched the board as score after score was put up, knowing he was on the edge of a trip to district, and made it. McGinnis tied with Mohawk’s Chet Margraf, shooting an 83, to secure the final two spots. Braydan Dunlap also advanced for Mohawk with an 82. Last year McGinnis missed out by two strokes, after qualifying as a sophomore, and is pleased to finish out his high school career at districts.
“It was scary,” McGinnis said. “I was really happy with how I started out. I played real well on the front nine with the 40, and then I kind of fell apart on the back, and wasn’t really happy with how I played back there, so I didn’t really feel like I was going to make it, but apparently it was just good enough.”
Crestview’s Josh Brooks was the overall medalist, finishing three-under-par with a 69.
“It was a good round,” Brooks said. “There was just a couple mistakes I made that cost me a few shots, but I played pretty well.”
The district match will be Thursday, Oct. 3, at Stone Ridge Golf Course in Bowling Green, with tee-time starting at 8:30 a.m.
In the Division II sectional at Sawmill Creek, Galion finished second with a 340, behind Bellevue with a 334. The Tigers will compete Thursday, Oct. 3, at Red Hawk Golf Course in Findlay.