FRIENDSHIP - There is just one 18-hole round to decide who goes on and who goes home. It's the reality of high school golf. Fourteen teams gathered at Shawnee State Park Golf Course on Tuesday each hoping to be one of top five to move on to the Division II Southeast District Tournament at Cook's Creek.
West was able to take the sectional crown shooting a team score of 308. The Senators held off a West Union team that finished with a team total of 310.
“I was real pleased with the effort tonight,” said West coach Eric Gray. “All the guys played very well. This was one of our goals, we wanted to be top five, but we really wanted to win.
“This is our home course,” said Gray. “Having a team-full of mainly seniors, I thought we could come out today and shoot a low score and we did.”
Gray feels that his team is not satisfied with just qualifying for the district tournament.
“Even with a 308, they're not satisfied,” said Gray. “They're are all talking about a couple shots they left out there. Last year, we were just happy to get out of the sectionals. I don't think they'll be satisfied this year.”
Along with West and West Union, the Wheelersburg Pirates will be making the trip to Asheville next week after firing a 326. Ironton will also be playing next week, riding the round of medalist Nathan Kearns who launched a 69.
Piketon will have the shortest trip Tuesday as the Redstreaks slipped in the final slot with a team score of 344. Valley finished just one shot out of the district tournament, checking in with a team score of 345.
The Indians did have two players advance to the districts as individuals. Zach Bukiewicz and Matt Evans will both be heading north on U.S. 23 next week to represent the Indians. Evans gets in by virtue of his 81 and Bukiewicz's 86 was good enough to earn him the right to play at the district tournament.
“I wish we could've shot a little better to get out as team,” said Evans. “I'm getting better. I'm better than I was at the beginning of the season, so I'm happy with it.”
Waverly, which shot a 370 team score, also had a pair of players advance to Cook's Creek - Shane Rouse, who delivered an 84 along with teammate Van Levier who fired an 82.
The low-man to make the district as an individudal was Stuart Doll of Portsmouth who offered up a 75 to advance.
The Division II Southeast District Tournament will be held at Cook's Creek on Wednesday, October 3 at 9 a.m.
BRET BEVENS can be reached at (740)-353-3101 ext. 242.
Medalist - Nathan Kearns 69 (Ironton)
West - Matt Simpson 74, Noah O'Rourke 75, Nathan Brandenburg 77, Charlie Cooper 82, Andy Bond 83
West Union - Dean Schnieder 70, Justin Lawler 75, Cory Richmond 81, Ethan McCarty 84
Wheelersburg - Charles Floyd 76, Justin Dials 81, Webb Ballard 84, Andrew Rawlings 85
Ironton - Nathan Kearns 69, Andy Holtzapfel 86, John Williams 86, Josh Cooke 86
Piketon - Jake Nutt 85, Jon Crace 85, Josh Blanton 86, Eddie Robbins 88
Valley - Matt Evans 81, Zach Bukiewicz 86, Trent Burchett 87, Andrew Adams 91, Kyle McPheters 91
Waverly - Van Levier 82, Shane Rouse 84, Phillip Tackett 93, Aaron Leatherwood 111, Curtis Husk 113
Minford - Tommy Hempill 94, Travis Johnson 94, Colin Stimpert 102, Casey Zempter 103, Matt Gampp 110.
Portsmouth - Stuart Doll 75, Sean Gowdy 87, Matt Harcha 88, Thomas Clifford 100
Northwest - Eric Hill 92, Kyle Prose 87, Kyle McCain 87