LIMA — The Division III sectional boys golf meet had to wait a day due to wet grounds at the Hawthorne Hills Country Club.
As expected, Lima Central Catholic, Minster and Parkway advanced to the district meet next Thursday at Stone Ridge Country Club in Bowling Green with team scores of 307 and 322 (Minster beat Parkway due to a fifth-man tie-breaker for second) Friday
Austin Goodridge led the Thunderbirds with a 71 (medalist) and Josh Klaus a 77.
Freddie Purdy was low man for the runner-up Wildcats with a 74 and Xavier Francis a 77.
Brian Schatzer was top golfer for the Panthers with a 73 and Jordan Bollenbacher a 77.
Spencerville finished sixth with a 344, with senior Evans Crites shooting a 79 to end his career. Chance Campbell added an 84 and Mitchell Youngpeter 90.
“Evan played well but this is such a tough sectional, the toughest by far; his score would probably get out in any other sectional. He worked so hard to get here but everybody shot well today,” Bearcat coach Mike Harmon noted. “He had a few putts that were just short of the hole but with the wet grounds, a lot of putts didn’t get there; they were just short.
“He is our only senior, so we have a lot of things to build on. Chance had his best 18-hole outing this year and our freshman, Mitchell, had his best day. What we have to focus on more now is the mental focus and being mentally tougher.”
Lincolnview was 12th out of 12 teams with a 404. Derek Youtsey led with a 95 and Brooks Ludwig ended his scholastic career with a 99.
“I was disappointed today; I really felt that after playing here in the NWC meet last week, we’d be around 385-390,” Lancer coach Daryl Dowdy explained. “However, this was the first wet course we golfed on and we had to make that adjustment. Everybody struggled making that adjustment: our only senior, Brooks, Damon (Norton), Troy (Patterson) and my son, Justis, all struggled. Derek was the only one that really played solid.
“However, we have a lot coming back next year, plus we have an eighth-grader that I think will be our No. 1 next year as a freshman. We just have to work at it in the off-season; we need to do what we can do in the winter and then start working on our games in April or even March. We’ll be stressing a lot of chipping and putting.”
Lima Central Catholic 307: Austin Goodridge 35-36-71, Josh Klaus 37-40-77, Aaron Wilker 37-41-78, James Riepenhoff 36-45-81, Evan Wilker 42-41-83.
Minster 322: Freddie Purdy 39-35-74, Xavier Francis 37-40-77, John Burks 43-41-84, Josh Tumbusch 42-45-87, Austin Brackman 45-46-91.
Parkway 322: Brian Schatzer 38-35-73m, John Bollenbacher 38-39-77, Jordon Stephenson 44-40-84, Tommy McDonough 43-45-88, Jeremy Tribolet 53-56-109.
Arlington 324: Dexter Wilson 39-39-78, Tyler Starr 41-39-80, Cody Rettig 43-40-83, Alex Steinman 39-44-83, Steven Halton 49-51-100.
New Bremen 334: Darin Bergman 41-34-75, Alex Britton 43-41-84, Travis Bertelsen 43-41-84, Tyler Hagan 46-45-91.
Spencerville 344: Evan Crites 37-42-79, Chance Campbell 43-41-84, Mitchell Youngpeter 47-43-90, James Schaad 45-46-91, Dan Gelivera 48-47-95.
St. Henry 352: Brian Kremer 40-38-78, Alex Evers 45-42-087, Jordan Rammel 46-46-92, Justin Mescher 45-50-95, Troy Balster 51-52-103,
New Knoxville 369: Tyler Shreve 38-40-78, Conner Samuel 48-46-94, Michael Porter 46-49-95, Brandon Steinke 53-49-102, Jacob Allen 48-55-103.
Fort Recovery 373: Elijah Kahlig 46-45-91, Chase Bruns 47-45-92, Kent Retz 43-50-93, Derek Backs 47-50-97, Stew Alig 47-52-99.
Marion Local 379: Adam Kremer 45-41-86, Conner Unrast 46-47-93, Luke Knapke 48-48-96, Derek Platfoot 54-50-104, Darrin Broering 49-55-104.
Perry 391: Ben Sanders 44-44-88, Seth Epps 50-45-95, Xavier Muniz 53-47-100, Tanner Foley 56-52-108, Dalton Bunch 58-60-118.
Lincolnview 404: Derek Youtsey 47-48-95, Brooks Ludwig 48-51-99, Damon Norton 50-55-105, Troy Patterson 52-53-105, Justis Dowdy 50-56-106.