Boys golf: Ottoville takes district title


Kalida, Minster also heading to state

By Jose Nogueras - jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.come



Allen East’s Zach Miller tees off on the 17th hole during Thursday’s Division III district tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club.

Allen East’s Zach Miller tees off on the 17th hole during Thursday’s Division III district tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Jack Gerker from Delphos St. John’s tees off on the 17th hole during Thursday’s Division III district tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club.

Jack Gerker from Delphos St. John’s tees off on the 17th hole during Thursday’s Division III district tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Ottoville’s Keaton Schnipke putts on the 18th hole during Thursday’s Division III district tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Kalida’s Ryan Klausing putts on the 17th hole during Thursday’s Division III district tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

BOWLING GREEN — Ottoville and Kalida came up two strokes short last year from making it to state but both Putnam County League squads used that as motivation to make it to state this year as Ottoville finished first and Kalida took fourth Thursday at the Division III district tournament at par 72 Stone Ridge Golf Club.

Ottoville fired a 317 to finish with top honors and Minster was the runner-up with a 322. Ottawa-Hills came in third with a 329 with Kalida taking fourth with a 331, just one stroke ahead of Allen East. The top four teams advanced to state. Leipsic, making its first appearance at the district event, was ninth with a 345 and Bluffton was 10th with a 355. Lincolnview placed 12th with a 459 and St. Henry took 13th with a 361.

“We tied with Kalida last year with a 350 and were two strokes away from making it last year too but a lot of the same guys were back, similar for Kalida too and I think both of us made a goal to try and come back and get to this point and play well and see what happens.”

Allen East’s Zach Miller qualified for state with a medalist score of 68 and Jack Gerker from Delphos St. John’s also is heading to Columbus after shooting a 72. This was the second straight season Miller has made it to state.

“I was just hitting the driver pretty well and putting pretty well too,” Miller said. “At the beginning it was not bad (the weather conditions) and it was calm but the wind picked up at the end and it made it a little tougher.”

Lima Central Catholic’s Parker Judy finished 13th overall with a 78. Waynesfield-Goshen’s Chase Dunson and DSJ’s Collin Feathers finished with 85s and tied for 28th.

Ottoville’s Carter Schnipke, who was the medalist runner-up with a 69, helped pave the way for the Big Green to the first place finish. Teammate Dru Hilvers came in with an 80, followed by Keaton Schnipke with an 81 and Grant Leis with an 87. Michael Turnwald turned in a 92.

“We put one together,” Utendorf said. “I was really proud of our seniors, Dru and Carter, especially the way he (Carter) played today. Carter was able to put a round together that he has been waiting for all year, and he put it together at the best place that he could, and I was proud of him and the rest of the guys for scratching together enough good rounds to complement that one and come out with the district championship.

“I think the one thing that our kids are really, really proud of is doing it together as a team. That was one of their goals at the beginning of the year, to come up here, put a round together that could get us to Columbus.”

Utendorf added that Schnipke got off to the good start and the team took advantage of the wet conditions as a light mist and intermittent showers persisted throughout the day.

“For good golfers, they really liked how the weather was and course conditions were ripe for some good scores and our kids took advantage of it early and got through the hard stretch of the course with the back nine and fight through with a little bit of pressure at the end.”

Kalida’s Carter Schnipke led the Wildcats with a 78 followed by Connor Nartker with an 80, Kayla Nartker (86), Ethan Warnecke (87) and Justine Siebeneck with a 90.

“it was a little bit scarier today,” Kalida head coach Ken Schnipke said. “I didn’t realize it was that easy other today. There was a lot of good low scores. There were three gentlemen who shot 75 and didn’t make the all-tournament team and not going to state.”

Schnipke said the team played pretty close to its average. Last week, they had come up and scrimmaged Bowling Green and posted a 319 and he thought that his team had finally gotten it down.

But it was a topsy-turvy day for his team that Schnipke admitted seemed a little tense and by the turn they were in fourth place by one stroke.

“You come in hoping you win and you settle for top four,” Schnipke said. “We struggled a little bit for some reason. We struggled on the putting and it’s not like we don’t practice. I don’t think they were as relaxed as they were last week for some reason. It’s not like they haven’t played the course before but for some reason there was a little more tension today. We did play better on the back and they came around.”

Minster’s Louis Magoto fired a 77 to lead the team. Nathan Beair finished with a 79, followed by Mitchel Bornhorst (80), Ray Purdy (86) and Jack Meyer (91).

Division II

PORT CLINTON — Bath’s Britton Hall advanced to state with a third-place score of 77 at par 72 Catawba Island Club behind medalist Brice McDaniel from Liberty-Benton who shot a 74. Van Wert’s Jace Fast missed out on one of the two individual spots with a fourth place 79. Ottawa-Glandorf’s Carson Fuka was fifth with an 80.

Ottawa-Glandorf finished fifth as a team with a 353 total. Carter Schimmoeller (85), Josh Walls (87), Ty Verhoff (101) and Grant Hovest (112) all competed for the Titans. Bryan was the team champ with a 335. Galion had a 341 total to secure the other team state spot.

Allen East’s Zach Miller tees off on the 17th hole during Thursday’s Division III district tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/web1_AE1.jpgAllen East’s Zach Miller tees off on the 17th hole during Thursday’s Division III district tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Jack Gerker from Delphos St. John’s tees off on the 17th hole during Thursday’s Division III district tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/web1_DSJ1.jpgJack Gerker from Delphos St. John’s tees off on the 17th hole during Thursday’s Division III district tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Ottoville’s Keaton Schnipke putts on the 18th hole during Thursday’s Division III district tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/web1_Ottoville1.jpgOttoville’s Keaton Schnipke putts on the 18th hole during Thursday’s Division III district tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Kalida’s Ryan Klausing putts on the 17th hole during Thursday’s Division III district tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/web1_Kalida1.jpgKalida’s Ryan Klausing putts on the 17th hole during Thursday’s Division III district tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Club. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Kalida, Minster also heading to state

By Jose Nogueras

jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.come

Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.

Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.

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