COLUMBUS — The East Knox Bulldogs boys and the Centerburg Trojans girls golf teams both finished in the top three at their respective sectional tournaments to punch their ticket, as a team, to the district tournament.

Drew Salyers continued his outstanding season by winning medalist honors at the Division III event held at Darby Creek Golf Course, posting a 73. He shot a 36 on the front-nine and a 37 on the back to win the day by three strokes. James Kirk also slid into the top-10, tying for 10th place with an 86 (42-44).

Austin Beckett took 14th with a 94 (47-47), with Nathan Friel just behind in a tie for 15th, carding a 96 (51-45). Mason McCauley rounded out the Bulldog golfers, taking 19th after stroking a 100 (50-50).

The Bulldogs took second in the team standings with a 349. Fairbanks grabbed the top spot with a 324. Cardington slid into third in the team standings (352) to secure a spot at districts.

Cayman Spires topped the Pirate leaderboard at 81 (42-39) to tie for fifth. Jacob Spires was not far behind, turning in an 84 (39-45) for a tie for eighth. Danny Vaught (13th) turned in a 91 (46-45) and Logan Doubikin stroked a 96 (47-49) to end in a tie for 15th.Christian Hand rounded out the Pirate golfers, finishing in a tie for 21st with a 103 (51-52).

Centerburg finished one spot out of the qualifiers, finishing fourth at 403. Levi Houck led the Trojans with a 98 (48-50) to take 17th, with teammate Dalton Hall coming in one slot behind in 18th with a 99 (46-53). Ethan Hibner (53-50) and Landon Griffith (50-53) both tied for 21st with a 103 on the day, followed by Reed Compton in 24th with a 106 (49-57).

Teams that came in behind Centerburg were Delaware Christian (415), Elgin (492) and Ready (502). Shekinah Christian did not have a full team for the round.

Fairbanks, East Knox, Cardington and the top-three individuals whose team didn’t place (Peter Shugert, Shekinah Christian; Nathan Stewart, Delaware Christian; Ben Hershberger, Shekinah Christian) will all compete in districts Wednesday at the Denison Golf Club in Granville, starting at 9 a.m.

Trojan girls squeak into top three

The Centerburg girls golf team snagged a third-place finish in the Division II girls sectional at Bent Tree Tuesday.

“I was super proud of the girls. I said, ‘Just play your game and you be you. Enjoy, have fun and let the numbers be where they may,” Centerburg coach Kathy Compton said. “They didn’t shoot their best, but they were very excited at the end.”

The Trojans were led by Violet Miller, who turned in a score of 98 to tie for ninth. She shot a 50 on the front and 48 on the back and turned in her first sub-100 score of her career.

“She was so excited and of course we were so happy for her too,” Compton said.

Sophia Compton took 12th with a 101 (51-50) on the day. Olivia Gregory returned to the clubhouse with a 111 (59-52) to tie for 17th, while Amaiah Gammell tied for 21st, carding a 114 (60-54). Cynthia Morris rounded out the Trojan golfers, finishing with a 119 (58-61) to tie for 29th.

Four out of the five Centerburg golfers dropped their score from the front half of the course to the back half. The round was started in the rain and the course was wet from the abundance of rain recently, forcing the girls to adjust on the fly.

“With the rain, it made it so much softer to hit out of,” Compton said. “The greens were a little slower. They just had to hit with a little more oomph.”

Centerburg posted a team score of 424. Worthington Christian took first with a 383, while Newark Catholic carded a 424. The Trojans edged out Lakewood’s fourth-place score of 432.

Fredericktown finished sixth in the team standings with a 464 on the day. Krystal Ramey’s 114 (58-56) earned her a tie for 21st and led the way for the Freddies. Makayla Frazier was one place and one stroke behind Ramey, carding a 115 (58-57). Macey Neer stroked a 117 (63-54), earning her 26th, and Chloe Mealey tied for 27th with a 118 (60-58).

The district tournament kicks off Monday at Darby Creek, with Centerburg, Licking Valley and Columbus School for girls teeing off at 9 a.m. Newark Catholic, Bloom-Carroll and Worthington Christian hit the course at 9:40 a.m. Johnstown’s Gabby Thomas (80), Mount Gilead’s Mallory Graham (86) and Lakewood’s Abby Thompson (97) also earned their spot as individuals in the district tournament.


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