WEST LAFAYETTE – Teams saw a completely different side of River Greens Golf Course on Monday as the winds were up and the tees were moved back.
There were 14 teams and 14 individuals vying for two team and two individual slots in next week's Division II state tournament.
Marion Pleasant and Granville both found the conditions to their liking.
The Spartans captured the district championship with a 316 behind a 74 from Mike Cook. Wes Holler added an 80 for the victors while Jeremy Johnson and Josh Houston each shot 81s.
“I'm very proud of these guys and any time you can get an 80 from your five man you are certainly happy,” Pleasant coach Jack Casey said. “Our one and two guys struggled a bit on the first nine, but rebounded on the second nine.”
The victory was the culmination of a four-year goal for the seniors on the Spartan squad.
“My three seniors have always had the goal of being at state their senior year and now they are going,” Casey said.
Not to be outdone were the Blue Aces of Granville who finished at 324 behind a 78 from Trevor Bright. Both Dillon Bright and Logan Sewell added 81s and Justin Gottschalk added an 84.
West Muskingum's Sam Satterfield fired a fine 3-over 75 to clinch one of the two individual slots.
“I just wanted to hit fairways and greens and keep it in play,” Satterfield said. “The course was a lot different today than at the sectionals last week because they moved the tees back and the wind was a lot stronger.
“It was nice to be playing last so I could see how I was doing in relationship to the other plays.”
While Satterfield was able to see where he stood at the turn, Indian Valley's Brian Gasser had to play the waiting game.
Gasser actually tied with Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley's J.R. Rowland at 78 for the final individual slot.
Gasser two-putted for par on the first playoff hole to advance on to Columbus for the second straight year.
“I had a little longer for my par than I wanted, but it feels good to get out,” Gasser said. “I didn't think when I was done playing that I would have a chance to get out.
“Overall I played pretty well, but I just couldn't get any putts to drop.”
Rowland's 78 sparked Tusky Valley to a third place finish at 327. Mark Scott added an 80 for Tusky Valley while Jacob Brown finished with a 84 and Kyle Norman an 85.
Satterfield paced West Muskingum to a fourth place finish at 341 while Byesville Meadowbrook's 343 was good enough for fifth behind an 83 from Chris Miller.
Other top scores for their respective teams were: Tyler Hooghe of Buckeye Valley (345) with a 79; Nick Bailey of Coshocton (349) with an 85; Caleb Caton, Clint Myers and Tyler Hickerson of McConnellsville Morgan (352) with 85s; Jared Smith of Philo (354) with an 85; Devin Sprankel of Zanesville Maysville (355) with an 86; Heath Harvey of Johnstown-Monroe (355) with an 82; Jake Luther of Magnolia Sandy Valley (356) with an 82; Broc Wilson of Dover (358) with an 86 and Jordan Thompson of Cambridge (358) with an 80.