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Friday, October 04, 2013 12:04 AM

By Charlie Warnimont

DHI Correspondent

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BOWLING GREEN — Sunny, warm weather conditions presented golfers in the Division III district tournament at Bowling Green’s Stone Ridge Golf Course the chance to post good scores Thursday.

Unfortunately for the local golfers, they were unable to take advantage of the conditions. Local golfers struggled in the tournament as everyone saw their season come to an end.

After shooting season-best scores in the sectional, the Kalida and Ottoville golf teams struggle with the course, as did Delphos Jefferson individual Nick Fitch. The Wildcats were well back in the pack with a 365 and Ottoville had a 372 team score.

After advancing as an individual from the sectional with a good round, Fitch struggled on Thursday shooting a 114.

The Wildcats and Big Green were making return appearances in the district tournament with members of those teams that played there last year. The experience didn’t help those two teams as they struggled to find any consistency on the course.

Ottoville senior Luke Schimmoeller follows his putt Thursday at Stone Ridge.Kalida was led by junior Zach Erhart with an 89, while sophomore Evan Recker and freshmen Jeff Knueve and Trent Siebeneck all finished with 92’s. Junior Brady Mathew had a 96 for the Wildcats. Erhart and Mathew were members of the Wildcat squad that played in the districts last year.

“It was a tough day,” Kalida coach Ken Schnipke said. “I thought going in it would depend on what we did the first four or five holes. If you started off good then we would have a good day. However, there was one hole in there that tore us up real bad. We just needed to get through the first four or five holes to get the jitters out and settle down and we didn’t do a very good job of that.

“I was pleased with the play of my younger kids. I got what I needed from them. It was a long day for Zach and Brady. Being juniors, Zach was making his third appearance here and Brady his second and I was hoping for good results from them and it didn’t work out that way,” Schnipke added.

Ottoville was led by senior Luke Schimmoeller with an 82, while junior Wesley Markward and sophomore Brendan Schnipke both had a 96. Senior Matt Turnwald finished with a 98 and senior Ryan Kemper had a 130.

“Realistically, we played our best at sectionals and you come here to districts and this course doesn’t play to bad golfers, not saying we have bad golfers, but the good golfers, the cream of the crop will rise to the top and it certainly did here,” Ottoville coach Jim Brown said. “Wesley didn’t have his best day by any stretch after shooting so well last week. Luke tried to hang in there and for about 16 holes he did okay. Looking at the scores and to shoot a 78 and you have to go into a playoff, that is pretty solid golf on this course and Luke is not too disappointed, he golfed very well today. I was proud of all the kids, they worked hard all year, so I am not too upset with the way it ended.”

Ottawa Hills won the district tournament shooting a 312 as they were led by medalist Ben Silverman with a 72. Ashland Crestview was second with a 325 followed by Van Buren with a 330 and Lima Central Catholic with a 331.

Ada’s Slade Downing was one of the individuals to advance shooting a 74 as he was the co runner-up medalist in the tournament with LCC’s James Riepenhoff. Alex Gedert (77), Woodmore, Rich Streicher, Bluffton, and Bryce Gorrell, Hopewell-Loudon, all advanced as individuals. Streicher and Gorrell advanced through a one hole playoff after they were tied with Parkway’s Brian Schatzer as they all had a 78.


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