State Golf Tournaments swing into action this weekend

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State Golf Tournaments

So it’s starting to get cold outside…must be time for the State Golf Tournament – and it is. This weekend in Columbus, the Division II Boys, Division II Girls and Division III Boys State Golf Tournaments will be held at Northstar Resort (Sunbury), the Ohio State University Gray Course and Ohio State University Scarlet Course, respectively.


GIRLS DIVISION II GOLF STATE TOURNAMENT
WHAT:
Second Annual Girls Division II State Golf Tournament
WHEN: October 16-17
WHERE: Ohio State University Gray Golf Course, Columbus

RESULTS: Daily results will be posted at www.ohsaa.org. In addition, recaps and leaders will be uploaded to the Associated Press Marketplace at apexchange.com for AP members.

2009 PREVIEW: This marks the second year there has been a Division II tournament as participation in girls golf continues to increase.

Poland Seminary is ready to defend its state title after recording a team score of 339 at district. Helping the cause for Poland Seminary were Angela Molaskey and Maria Mancini, who shot a 78 and 79, respectively.

St. Paris Graham’s Jessie Jordan shot a 78, helping her team to a first place finish in the Southwest district.

The top individual qualifier was sophomore Morgan Ransom of Gahanna Columbus Academy. Ransom, who finished second in the state tournament last season, recorded an impressive district score of 68.

Other schools rounding out the team field include Circleville Logan Elm, Minerva, Zanesville West Muskingum, Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown, Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, Lima Shawnee, Milan Edison, Huron, Dayton Chaminate-Julienne and Kettering Archbishop Alter.

2008 RECAP: In its first trip to the state championship, Poland Seminary shot a final-round 333 to win the first OHSAA Division II girls golf title by one stroke over Tipp City Tippecanoe.

Trailing Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown by two strokes after the first round, Poland Seminary got a 74 from Allison Mitzel and a 79 from Angela Molaskey to come from behind for the title. With a two-day total of 679, Poland Seminary won the inaugural Div. II championship as one of nine teams who made their first trips to the state championship.

North Lima South Range senior Ariel Witmer took home medalist honors with a two-day record-low total of 139 that included an even-par 70 Friday and a one-under par 69 Saturday. Her 139 was one-stroke better than the previous state record of 140 by Heather Zielinski of Toledo Notre Dame Academy in 1998.

Tippecanoe (334 second round, 680 total) was tied for second with Poland Seminary after the first round and was paced Saturday by Catherine Reed’s 73 and Laura Murray’s 75.

The only hole-in-one of the championship came from Kristen Helmsdoerfer, a junior at Lewis Center Olentangy Orange, who aced No. 2, a 166 yard par-3.

BOYS DIVISION II GOLF STATE TOURNAMENT
WHAT:
40th Annual Boys Division II State Golf Tournament
WHEN: October 16-17
WHERE: Northstar Resort, Sunbury

RESULTS: Daily results will be posted at www.ohsaa.org. In addition, recaps and leaders will be uploaded to the Associated Press Marketplace at apexchange.com for AP members.

2009 PREVIEW: Northstar Resort in Sunbury will be used for the first time this year as host of the Div. II tournament.

Rocky River Lutheran West recorded the top team score in district play this past weekend, checking in at 307. Helping the cause were Nick Blackburn, Louis Durban and Mike Clum, who all shot in the 70’s, leading the team to a first place finish in the Northeast district.

Close behind was three-time defending champion Hunting Valley University School, picking up a team score of 309, taking second place in the Northeast district.

The 2009 Medalist honors will be up for grabs as seven of the top 10 finishers last year were seniors. Morgan Dobbins of Jackson makes his first appearance at the state tournament, recording a 72 in district play. Junior Grant Weaver of Waynedale also recorded a 72, tying him for the top qualifying spot.

Other schools rounding out the team field include Columbus St. Francis De Sales, Granville, Johnstown-Monroe, Chagrin Falls, Bryan, Genoa Area, Circleville Logan Elm, Ironton, Dayton Oakwood and Kettering Archbishop Alter.

2008 RECAP: Taking home its third-consecutive state title, Hunting Valley University School fired a second-round 308 Saturday to run away with the OHSAA Boys Div. II golf championship by 20 strokes over second-place Dayton Chaminade-Julienne.

It marked the fifth overall state title for University School to move into a tie for third-place for most boys state golf championships with Columbus Bishop Watterson.

The last school to win three-straight state golf championships was Gahanna Columbus Academy from 1997-99.

Already leading by nine strokes after round one, three University School golfers shot in the 70s Saturday, including Mac McLaughlin (74), Scott Smith (76) and Jake Heinen (79).

Chaminade-Julienne senior Sam Jandel earned medalist honors with a two-day total of 145 (73-72). McLaughlin, last year’s medalist, tied for second among all golfers with a 152 (78-74) with Apple Creek Waynedale sophomore Grant Weaver (152, 79-73).

BOYS DIVISION III STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT
WHAT:
40th Annual Boys Division III State Golf Tournament
WHEN: October 16-17
WHERE: Ohio State University Scarlet Golf Course, Columbus

RESULTS: Daily results will be posted at www.ohsaa.org. In addition, recaps and leaders will be uploaded to the Associated Press Marketplace at apexchange.com for AP members.

2009 PREVIEW: Sugarcreek Garaway will have a chance at a third straight division III state championship after finishing second at their district with a team score of 318.
Ryan Troyer, who finished fourth individually at the tournament last year shot a team-low 73.

Just edging out Sugarcreek Garaway for first in the district was Columbus Wellington School. The team, featuring strong performances by seniors Josh Taylor and Chris King, also finished with a team score of 318.

Last year’s runner-up, Lima Catholic Central, won the Northwest District with a team score of 324.

Lancaster Fairfield Christian had two golfers qualify individually. Juniors Tyler Alexander and Kyle Burgess shot 73 and 76 respectively to earn a spot at the state tournament. Franklin Middletown Christian’s Brooks Curry also earned a spot with a district score of 74.

Other schools rounding out the team field include Strasburg-Franklin, Gahanna Columbus Academy, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, Lowellville, Lima Central Catholic, Minster, Stryker, Sandusky St. Mary Catholic Central, Cincinnati Seven Hills and Sidney Lehman Catholic.

2008 RECAP: Sugarcreek Garaway shot a 312 on the second and final day of the OHSAA Boys Division III State Golf Tournament for a two-day total of 631 to capture its second consecutive and third overall state championship. The Pirates’ other title came in 2004 giving the school three state championships in five years.

Garaway was led by senior Kevin Miller, who took home medalist honors with a tournament best three-under 69 final round and a two-day total of 141. Miller also was the medalist a year ago, making him the 11th boys golfer in Ohio history to win back-to-back individual championships. Jason Kokrak of Warren John F. Kennedy was the last to complete the feat in 2001 and 2002.

Nathan Tarter, a senior from Mogadore, shot a two-day total of 144 to come in second, while Lima Central Catholic junior Oliver Holtsberry came in third with a 151.

Sugarcreek Garaway freshman Ryan Troyer helped his team’s title cause by coming in fourth with a 153 two-day total.

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