HOWARD — Mount Vernon senior Jordan Hoag shot an 81 Tuesday at the Division I Central District Tournament at the Apple Valley Golf Course, but due to a scoring error, was disqualified from the tournament.
“Jordan knew he shot 81 and just made a careless scoring error, resulting in a DQ,” Mount Vernon coach Anthony Savage said. “That’s not him, but a tough time to learn that lesson.”
Hoag started on the back nine as the second of two threesomes of individual qualifiers. He came back toward the clubhouse and finished up his first nine holes, making the turn at +4.
“Today did not go as planned, but I just tried my best to grind throughout the day and try to do the best I could,” Hoag said. “The course was playing a lot tougher today than it normally does and that made it a little it harder to score well, but I tried my best to just stay focused because everyone had to play on the same course.”
“Jordan got off to a very solid start. Starting on No. 10 is very difficult and finishing on 7, 8 and 9 is even harder,” Savage said. “The rough was nasty, the course played long and it was just windy enough to make it that much harder.”
Had his score of 81 counted, Hoag would have tied for 41st on the day. Olentangy Liberty’s Grant Smeltzer and Central Crossing’s Caleb Davern both stroked a 71, with Smeltzer taking the top spot after winning the playoff hole with a birdie.
“The Central District tournament down here is a pressure cooker every single year,” Savage said. “It means so much to all the programs and players. Playing in the tournament itself speaks a lot about Jordan.”
Because Hoag is a senior, Tuesday was his final golf action as a Jacket.
“I’ll miss high school golf for sure and just hanging around all my teammates and just having fun,” Hoag said. “I want to say thank you to coach Savage for constantly pushing me to get better throughout the season. I also want to thank my teammates for coming to watch me today and for all the fun bus rides and practices we had throughout the year.”
In the team standings, Dublin Jerome won the tournament with a 293. St. Charles was not far behind, posting a 309. The top two schools, as well as the top two individuals who were not on either of the top two teams, punched their ticket for the state tournament.