Columbus Academy boys golf comes up wanting sixth straight Division II state title

Correction: Attributable to a reporter’s error, a earlier model of this story had an incorrect first identify for Delaware Christian sophomore Gabe Scherer.

Though his group fell wanting its final purpose, Columbus Academy boys golf coach Craig Yakscoe was pleased with its play through the Division II state match Oct. 14 and 15 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.

The Vikings trailed Kettering Alter 309-320 after the opening spherical and couldn’t rally for the second consecutive yr, because the Knights completed first (618) forward of runner-up Academy (634).

“Kettering Alter is de facto stable and so they’ve been stable and that’s what makes competitors robust,” Yakscoe mentioned. “You’re coming in figuring out it’s a must to play nicely. Hats off to them, hats off to our guys. I’m pleased with each one in all them.”

Final season, Academy rallied from 10 strokes down following the opening day to edge Alter 611-614 for its fifth consecutive state title and twelfth general, second all-time to Higher Arlington’s 17.

“Academy has been the gold customary for us to reside as much as when it comes to Division II,” mentioned Alter coach Alex Schuster, whose group received its fifth state title and first since 1999. “After we see them yr after yr, it’s at all times a canine combat. Final yr they received the state match and we received the higher of them slightly bit through the common season. This yr we managed to get it completed. They’ve an unimaginable program and hats off to educate Yakscoe and the wonderful job he’s completed.”

Stephen Ma led Academy with a 151 to complete third and earn first-team all-state honors.

“The entire group left every thing on the market, however they simply performed higher than us,” mentioned Ma, a senior who received the person state title as a sophomore and tied for third as a junior. “This system positively has a vibrant future and lots of extra state championships to come back.”

Arvind Rajagopalan completed tenth (157) and was second-team all-state. Matthew Fang (158), Jack Woods (171) and A.J. Bradley (173) additionally competed for Academy.

Competing as a person, Jonathan Alder’s Brady Fox completed sixth (156) and was second-team all-state.

Delaware Christian’s Scherer ties for eleventh, Newark Catholic finishes second in Division III state match

Delaware Christian sophomore Gabe Scherer was in a position to flip the web page after a rocky first spherical, handing over a 1-under-par 71 within the ultimate spherical Oct. 15 at NorthStar.

Scherer, who was the primary in program historical past to succeed in state, had a two-round rating of 162 to complete in a four-way tie for eleventh with Tyler McClain of Delphos St. John’s, Newark Catholic’s Brian Luft and Beverly Fort Frye’s Chatum Courson.

“I simply did nothing good all day (within the opening spherical),” Schrerer mentioned. “However I stored my composure and carried it to the second day and was in a position to get (a tie for) eleventh, which isn’t too unhealthy. I positively shocked myself that I used to be in a position to flip round like that.

“I simply stored my head up all day Friday and by no means received too disillusioned. I used to be simply in a position to come again the second day with my head up and simply performed like I ought to have performed the primary day and received it completed.”

Scherer’s rating on the second day tied medalist Rocco Turner (145) of Youngstown Mooney for the most effective rating of the spherical. Turner beat out Middletown Christian’s Josh Winhusen (149) and Cincinnati Seven Hills’ Charlie Mullin (153).

Scherer, a Dublin resident, shot a 19-over 91 and was tied for fortieth after the primary spherical.

“Everybody has a type of days the place you’ll be able to’t do something proper,” he mentioned. “That was in all probability one of many worst scores I’ve had in a few years. The wind wasn’t good and the situations weren’t good. It was simply an all-around unhealthy day.”

Scherer received going with a birdie on No. 2, one in all 5 on the day. He shot a 35 on the entrance 9.

“I received off to an excellent begin with a birdie (on No. 2) and sort of went into cruise management,” he mentioned. “I made one double (on the fifth gap), missed a brief put, (then) a few birdies (on Nos. 7 and 9).”

Runner-up Newark Catholic (664) held a 12-stroke lead after the primary spherical, however the Inexperienced Wave was overwhelmed out by Seven Hills (659). The Stingers shot a 322 within the ultimate spherical – Newark Catholic shot a 339 – to seize their second state championship and first since 2016.

Newark Catholic’s Brogan Sullivan (157) tied for fourth, forward of Max Vanoy (27th, 171), Jack Rehbeck (tied for 33rd, 174) and Nathan Riggleman (tied for 40th, 179).

–Michael Wealthy

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