DELPHOS — Delphos St. John’s won the team title and Ottoville’s Zach Weber won the individual medalist honor, but neither victories were easy at the St. John’s Invitational on Saturday at Delphos Country Club.
The Blue Jays grabbed the victory by a slim margin, coming into the clubhouse with a team score of 334. In second place was Stryker with a 338 and third was Columbus Grove at 344.
After 18 holes, Spencerville’s Evan Crites and Weber each had 78s, meaning a playoff hole to decide the winner.
In the playoff, was Weber was victorious. Both players had good tee shots, but it was Weber’s second shot that gave him the win.
“My approach shot landed a little short and he (Weber) landed about 10 feet from the pin,” Crites said.
With the solid approach shot Weber made his birdie putt to take the win.
For St. John’s, it was a solid day from top to bottom. All four scores recorded were in the 80’s. Assistant coach Jim Warnecke was happy to see the balance in the team looking toward the future.
“To do well in sectionals and other tournaments you need the whole team to do well,” Warnecke said. Head coach John Klausing was not at the tournament Saturday.
Cody Kundert led Delphos St. John’s with an 80, which was good for third place overall after a closest-to-the pin shot broke a tie with Stryker’s Jared Degroff.
Nick Kayser shot an 82 for St. John’s, Ryan Edelbrock had an 83 and Eric Bergfeld shot an 89.
Columbus Grove coach Travis Gallmeier was also already looking toward the upcoming conference and sectional tournaments.
“It’s pretty exciting, we have NWC and PCL coming up and we’re playing pretty well,” Gallmeier said.
Columbus Grove also was able to see what the team could do with a healthy squad. Until Saturday, the Bulldogs had been playing without their No. 1 man, Matt Jennell, who had been injured. In his first round back, Jennell shot an 84 along with teammate Clay Bryan.
The shot of the day though came from Nick Gallmeier of Delphos Jefferson. On hole No. 2, a Par-3, Gallmeier registered his first-ever hole-in-one.
Gallmeier, who finished with a 93, knew he hit a good shot, but thanks to shadows on the green wasn’t able to see it drop in the cup.
“We walked up and couldn’t find the ball,” Gallmeier said, “and there was a divot in front of the green and I looked in the hole and there it was.”