CHILLICOTHE — Make that two high school postseason tournaments and two first-place finishes for Valley freshman Cameron Phillips.
Less than a week after scoring fewer strokes than his fellow Southern Ohio Conference competitors at the annual SOC Championships, Phillips took home the top spot in Wednesday’s Division III sectional — by scoring a competition-low 68 (37 front, 31 back) at Jaycees Golf Course in Chillicothe.
Daulton McDonald from Manchester finished in second-place among individuals with his 73, but was among the Greyhounds’ team which qualified for Monday’s Division III district tournament at The Elks Country Club.
Phillips earned the first of five individual qualifying spots for the district tournament, along with Southeastern’s Brayden Popp (86), Peebles’ Logan Mahan (87), Lynchburg-Clay’s Saxen Wilkin (88) and Adena’s Davis Kerns (90).
Cameron, the son of Valley golf coach Tyson Phillips, credited his father’s emphasis on practicing using their short-range clubs for his and the Indians’ team play so far this postseason.
“All year long Dad (Tyson Phillips) has preached to me and my team we have to practice a lot more than we play to be able to excel in tournaments,” Phillips said. “That definitely came true in this round as he is always having me and my team doing most of our practice by putting, chipping and controlling our irons because those are the scoring clubs.”
Valley’s Austin Bloomfield (103), Jeremiah Cyrus (127), Brock Stuart (140), and Parker Montgomery (DNF), were among the Indians’ team members who played at The Jaycees on Wednesday.
Valley finished in 11th-place as a team with a team score of 438.
Western (511) was the second SOC team who competed in Chillicothe with Valley.
Senior Kolten Miller shot a team-low 110 for the Indians, who finished in 14th place.
Phillips’ tee time for Monday’s (Oct. 4) D-III district tournament is set for 9:40 a.m. from hole No. 1 at The Elks Country Club.
South Webster’s qualifying team will tee off from No. 1 as well — after Phillips’ group takes the course — beginning at 9:50 a.m.
One team and one individual not on a qualifying team with the lowest rounds will advance to the Division III state tournament in Columbus.
“I’m going to play a few rounds with some member groups at The Elks and keep practicing my short game and controlling my spin and ball flight with my irons to be ready for the district round,” Phillips said, of his preparation heading into districts. “I have to win to advance since our district only gets one qualifier, unlike other districts in the state that get multiple qualifiers. It won’t be easy, but I am going to give it my best shot.”
Cameron Phillips, Valley — 68
Brayden Popp, Southeastern — 86
Logan Mahan, Peebles — 87
Saxen Wilkin, Lynchburg-Clay — 88
Davis Kerns, Adena — 90
West Union — 330
Manchester — 335
North Adams — 344
Crooksville — 371
Whiteoak — 400