Even Britton Hall admits he did not expect to be playing in the in the Division II state tournament Friday.
“It is still kind of hitting me about how unbelievable it is as a freshman to do this,” Hall said. “It doesn’t seem like it should happen but it is exciting.”
Hall tees off at the Ohio State University Scarlett Course at hole No. 10 at 10:40 a.m. Friday.
The freshman linkster from Bath punched his ticket to the state tournament after firing a 75 at the district event at Red Hawk to finish with the second best individual score behind medalist Brett Montgomery of Upper Sandusky who carded a 72.
Hall admits throughout the summer and the first half of the golf season, he was struggling as he adjusted to varsity life and high school and all the intangibles that this entails for a 14-year-old. Hall was shooting in the mid to high 40s and found himself searching for his game.”
“I actually had a really rough summer and going into school year I was not ready at all and playing really bad golf but I kicked it in halfway through the season. Better late than never I guess.”
Hall can’t really pinpoint the reason for the turnaround but said it might have had to do with wanting to compete more as well as realizing he was trying too hard against upperclassmen.
“I’m not sure if it was just like the competitive standpoint or just trying to calm myself down because I was playing with juniors and seniors all year and that might have gotten into my head by swinging harder and playing with them and then I knew if I played my game I would be just fine,” Hall said. “
Once the Wildcat golfer began to find his stroke and he was competing for medalist honors in several league meets and by the time the WBL tournament rolled around, Hall finished tied for first with a 79 but settled for the runner-up slot after being bested in a three-hole playoff by St. Marys’ Austin Boley.
Hall said his confidence level going into the WBL was already high but said finishing second kicked it up a little more and that shot his confidence way up and he realized he could compete with anyone at this point.
Despite the second place finish at the WBL meet, Hall bounced back at sectionals and posted a 77 at the sectional tournament at Country Acres to advance to the districts.
During the postseason, Hall said came in a little nervous but after the first tee he settled into his groove. The same held true at district but after the first two holes he once again focused on finishing in the top tier.
“Districts and sectionals were completely different for me just knowing I had to shoot really low at districts,” Hall said. “The course was playing really tough and I wasn’t expecting to come in that low.”
Hall continues a family tradition of making state. Evan Hall, his older brother was a two-time qualifier for state at Bath but never made it as a freshman like his younger brother.
Britton Hall credits his brother his brother for helping him with his game.
“He was good and always taught me what I do now,” Britton Hall said. “Having him around when I was young was really great.”
Hall’s brother, along with his grandfather, were two of the main golf influences and he began at a young age going out with them to hit the links.
Hall admits he doesn’t know what to expect at state.
“I will probably be nervous when I get on that first tee but I should be able to play my golf and I will be fine,” Hall said.
Other individual qualifiers were Adam Gerker from Delphos St. John’s Adam Gerker who will be teeing off at 10:50 a.m. at hole No. 10 at the Northstar Golf Club in Sunbury Fridayand St. Henry’s Jack Romer who will hit the links at 10:40 on hole No. 10 at the Northstar Golf Club Friday.