SUNBURY — Kalida and Spencerville came into the Division III state tournament looking for a top five finish. However, both teams failed to achieve their goals as Spencerville finished tied for eighth and Kalida came in 11th at the NorthStar Golf Club on Saturday.
Spencerville shot a 368 on the second day of competition to finish with a 722 for the two days and tied with Minster, which shot a 371 on day two, also finished with a 722.
Kalida posted a 373 and posted a 734.
Columbus Wellington took top honors with a 610 for the tournament followed by Brookfield with a 617 and Canton Central Catholic with a 664.
“It wasn’t quite where we wanted to end up but we showed improvement from last year and that was one of the goals of ours,” Spencerville head coach Mike Harmon said.
Ethan Harmon shot an 86 to be Spencerville’s low scorer Saturday and he finished second overall on the team with a 174. Gavin Harmon carded an 88 and finished first overall on the team with a two-day total of 168. Alex Gallman shot a 96 and finished with a 185 and Drake Mertz came in with a 98 to end the two days with a 195. Evan Core had a 119 on day two and posted a 223 for the tournament.
Harmon said weather and pin placement had an affect on his team.
“The weather and the pin placement got the best of everybody,” Harmon said. “The 40 degree temperatures and the back nine really beat us up.”
Harmon added that despite not ending up in the top five at state he was proud of his team and it will be hard to replace his two seniors, Mertz and Gallman.
“I hate to see these guys go,” Harmon said. “They are a fun group and we accomplished 99 percent of our goals this year. We had a great season. We won the league and we had the conference’s player of the year so we had a lot of positives this year.”
For Kalida, it was another tough outing at state.
“It was a struggle to put it lightly,” Kalida head coach Ken Schnipke said. “This is a course that if you spray it around it is going to jump up and bite you. There was a lot of big numbers put up today. Even Christian (Nartker) had a tough time”
Like his Spencerville counterpart, Schnipke said the weather and the course played long and tough and that might have been design by the officials after seeing Wellington card a 295 on day one.
Wildcat Christian Nartker, the sectional and district medalist, shot an 88 and finished the tournament with a 170. Teammate Josh Recker came in with an 87 and ended up with a 179. David Peck had a 98 and a 189 for the tournament and Ryan Klausing shot a 106 to finish with a 202. Alec Edelbrock carded a 100 and finished with a 207 overall.
Schnipke said he was disappointed with the outcome at state but that does not detract from Kalida’s excellent season.
“You can judge a whole season on two days,” Schnipke said. “We were first or second in all the invites we played in and we played in quite a few. In nine hole events we were 13-0. We won the PCL (Putnam County League) and we won sectionals and we to state. I know a lot of schools who would like to go to state and we were one of 12 teams. It was a great season.”
Individually, Adam Gerker of Delphos St. John’s took one stroke off his first day’s score with a 93 and finished with a 187 and tied for 53rd overall.
St. Henry’s Jack Romer had an 86 on day two and finished with a 175 for the tournament.
For Minster, Joseph Magoto came in the low score on day two with an 86 and finished the tournament with a 168. Grant Koenig carded a 90 on day two and ended state with an overall score of 178, Logan Lazier, who had a 189 for the tournament, shot a 93 on the second day and Grant Volsard fired a 98 to finish with a 195. Ethan Lehmkuhl shot a 104 on day two and finished with a 197.
Lima Bath’s Britton Hall carded a 91 on the second day to go with his 91 on the first day of competition and finish tied for 53rd overall in the boys Division II state championships on the Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course.