MARIETTA - A poet one asked ‘What happens to a dream deferred?' On Tuesday two local teams had the unfortunate chance to answer that question as their state title dreams fell short.
South Webster and Clay competed in the Division III Southeast District golf match at the Marietta Country Club on Tuesday. The Panthers and Jeeps both finished in the top four at the sectional match at Shawnee State Park Golf Course last week to advance to the district round.
The sectional champion Clay Panthers once again got excellent play from No. 1 man Ryan Hines. Hines fired a five-over par 75 on Tuesday. His performance was good enough to advance him to the state golf match in Columbus as an individual and earn him medalist honors. More important to Hines, however, was his team qualifying for the state match.
“I played pretty good, Just had some not-so-good holes,” said Hines. “I played consistent. I am disappointed our team is not going to go. It's kind of like a good feeling and a bad feeling,” Hines added. “I'd much rather have the team go, but I'm just going to go up there and do as good as I can and whatever happens happens.”
The Panthers finished with a team total of 353. Following Hines' 75 was an 88 shot by Josh Riddlebarger
“You can't score 100 and expect to get out as a team,” said Clay coach Mark Pelfrey. “I think if we had one more score around 90 we would've been OK. But it's the district. Error played a big role. The course is tough and with those two together, you just can't to go out there nervous and shoot a good score.”
South Webster rode the play of their two Corys: Jackson and Lawhun. Jackson fired an 82 and Lawhun signed his name to an 86. The Jeeps also had a score of 88 by Kyle Ramey and a 91 shot by Seth Ashley. The Jeeps were hoping to ride their team mark of 345 all the way to the Scarlet & Gray course in Columbus, but fell just a stroke short of a playoff with Belpre for a second-place finish.
The Eastern Pike Eagles were represented by two golfers in Marietta also. Both Bryan Osborne and Roman Slone qualified for the district match as individuals. Slone fired an 85 and Osborne launched an 88.
The Division III Southeast District Champions are the Red Knights of Toronto High School with a team score of 336, behind the direction of Coach Rob Suffoletta. Low man for Toronto was Max King with an 82. Andrew Brower fired an 83, Nolan Wilson had an 85 and Jordan Cooper delivered an 86 to round out the scoring for the Red Knights.
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Medalist - Ryan Hines (75) Clay
Clay - Ryan Hines 75, Josh Riddlebarger 88, Nik Blanton 89, Cameron Caseman 101.
South Webster - Corey Jackson 82, Corey Lawhun 86, Kyle Ramsey 88, Seth Ashley 91.
Toronto - Max King 82, Andrew Brower 83, Nolan Wilson 85, Jordan Cooper 86.