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Friday, September 27, 2013 12:14 AM

By JIM METCALFE

Sports Editor

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LIMA — Minster edged Lima Central Catholic 316-317 on a warm Thursday morning/afternoon to claim a Division III Sectional boys golf crown at Hawthorne Hills Country Club.

Arlington was third at 323, followed by Parkway (340), New Bremen (342), Lincolnview (347), Fort Recovery (352), Marion Local and St. Henry (359), Spencerville (362), Lima Temple Christian (381), Waynesfield-Goshen (420), Perry (422) and New Knoxville (426).

The Lancers were led by Logan C. Miller’s 81, followed by Joshah Rager (85), Derek Youtsey (87) and Justis Dowdy (94).

“We started off playing well but then we struggled the rest of the day. We seemed a little tired as well and that hurt us,” Dowdy reflected. “Our short game let us down today: whether it was putts that lipped out, chip shots that were too short, missing very makeable putts from short distances or whatever, we didn’t do it well today. I also agree with every other coach that the greens were much different today than they were when we practiced Monday; they were slower earlier, like at our home course, Hickory Sticks.”

Dowdy was still pleased with his team’s progress over the past year.

“Last year at sectionals, I felt we’d be a better team this year than last year and we improved a lot,” Dowdy added. “The kids worked hard and got a lot better. We only lose one senior from today’s golfers — Logan — and I expect a lot more improvement for next year. These kids worked yard to get better and I see the same this time around.”

The Bearcats were led by Mitchell Youngpeter’s 84, Chance Campbell’s 85, James Schaad’s 90, Parker Campbell’s 103 and the 109 of Brian Wood.

“We played about average today. I would gave liked if we had played better but it seemed that everybody struggled overall; the team scores were down,” Spencerville head man Mike Harmon noted. “We’ll probably miss second a couple of guys but a couple of shots. I think the pressure alone elevates the scores. Then you throw in the fact that the greens were faster today than we usually see at Hawthorne; the kids struggled to adjust to their speed.”

Harmon realized that this was another stepping-stone for his overall young and inexperienced crew.

“Two of our five guys here, today was their first time here; one of my freshman was shaking after his first tee shot. It’s the first time they teed off with 40 people watching, which adds to the nerves,” Harmon added. “We lost a lot of talented players from last year’s team. This year, James is our only senior.

“What I saw positive today was the kids finally seemed to grasp how a positive attitude can make a huge difference. Our attitude today was as good as I’ve seen all year. They didn’t let a bad hole ruin the rest of the day. That was one of the lessons I was trying to get through to them all year.”

 

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