Hunting Valley University School sweeps Division II state golf titles; Preppers rally from 10-stroke deficit after first round


University’s Mac McLaughlin
Hunting Valley University School turned a 10-stroke deficit after Day 1 into a 13-stroke victory Saturday at the Division II boys golf state championships at the Ohio State Golf Club, Playing the Gray Course, the Preppers shot a 285 after posting a 295 Friday. Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, which shot its own 285 Friday, finished second. University School junior Mac McLaughlin was the individual champ.

COLUMBUS – On Friday night, Hunting Valley University School went to bed 10 shots behind a Dayton Chaminade-Julienne team that scorched Ohio State Golf Club’s Gray Course with an opening round of 285; however, a day later it was the University School that carded a 285 coming from behind to capture its fourth straight state title. In the end, Chaminade-Julienne coach Don Zimmer felt like it was more about what the great experience and tradition did for the University School instead of anything his kids failed to do.

“Yesterday is the best we have played all year long,” said Zimmer when speaking about his team’s first-day team score of 285. “Our mindset with the overnight lead was to just come out and play the best we can possibly play. We got off to a bad start, and I felt the University School’s experience really took over on the front nine this morning.”

Leading the way for coach Bill O’Neil’s University School was individual state champion Mac McLaughlin. The junior opened on Friday with an even-par 71 – which trailed C-J’s Dorian Vauls by five shots (Vauls dominated the Gray Course riding the momentum of two eagles on his way to a five-under 66) – but on Saturday fired a 66 of his own to complete a two-day total of 137 to capture the individual title. Runner-up honors went to Mike Oberschmidt of Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas who shot a 139 thanks to a fine round of 68 on Saturday.

Oberschmidt grinded his way through a tough opening round on Friday. The senior hit only five greens in regulation, but found a way to keep the big number off the card showing soft touch around the Gray Course greens to still card an even par 71.

“Mike was magical around the greens on Friday,” McNicholas coach John Meyer said. “I thought conditions were a little easier today, and I thought Mike struck the ball much better. I am really proud of how he played this weekend.”

Joining McLaughlin and Oberschmidt in the top five and earning first-team All-Ohio honors were a pair of teammates from Chaminade-Julienne in Vauls (66-74 = 140) and Sam Jandel (71-70 = 141) as well as Chagrin Falls junior Sam Core (71-69 = 140).

After the top two teams – University School (580) and Chaminade-Julienne (593) – Pepper Pike Orange captured third-place with a 601 which was eight shots better than fourth-place Youngstown Ursuline and nine better than Chagrin Falls.

Senior Andrew Haines supported his teammate McLaughlin’s fine play with some fine play of his own as he fired a two-day total of 143 earning second-team All-Ohio. Van Wert’s Tony Conn and Canton Central Catholic’s Josh Clay both shot 143 to join Haines on second-team. Rounding out the second five was Grant Weaver of Apple Creek Waynedale and Pepper Pike Orange’s David Wien who both shot 144.

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