PORT CLINTON — The Galion High School boys golf program continued its long run of success this week.
And while it definitely wasn’t easy, the Tigers qualified for their fifth consecutive OHSAA Division II state tournament by finishing runnerup in the district tournament on Thursday at the Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton.
“This is a different group, so to speak, different personalities than the last four years,” Galion head coach Bryce Lehman said. “This group has had to face a little more adversity on the golf course. We had a couple of league losses, but still won the (Mid Ohio Athletic Conference championship), which was great. We had a little adversity at the MOAC tournament and finished second in that tournament, but still won the conference on the points system that they have.
“I’m very proud, not only of the fact that we’re going back to the state tournament, but this is a younger team than I’ve had the past four years and they held it together,” Lehman added. “They’re starting to mature on the golf course. And they showed (Thursday) that they have a lot of fight in them.”
Galion shot 341 to finish six shots behind district champion Bryan, which finished the day with a final score of 335. Only two teams from district qualified for the state tournament. The Tigers edged Liberty-Benton by a single stroke to earn the return visit to the state tournament. Liberty-Benton shot 342.
The two individual qualifiers for the state tournament are Brice McDaniel from Liberty-Benton and Britton Hall from Lima Bath. McDaniel was the tournament medalist after shooting a low score of 74. Hall carded a round of 77 to finish in third place in the individual standings.
“We kind of played up and down at sectionals and it was the same today,” Lehman said. “Today was a tale of two different nine holes.”
As a team, Galion shot 180 on the first nine holes and closed out the tournament shooting 161 on the final nine holes.
Junior Nick McMullen and freshman Nate McMullen led Galion at the district tournament. They each shot 82 to pace the Tigers. Nick McMullen opened with a score of 39 and closed with a 43. Nate McMullen shot 44 to begin his day and closed with a score of 38.
The McMullens finished in a five-way tie for ninth place in the individual standings.
Senior Max Longwell helped keep the final season of his high school career going by carding a round of 88 (47-41) at the Catawba Island Club. He finished tied with three other players for 25th place in the individual standings.
Sophomore Logan Keller shot 89 (50-39) to end his day tied for 29th place. His strong finish on the final nine holes helped the Tiger team effort.
Junior Nate Barre rounded out Galion’s day at Catawba Island Club, shooting a 92 (42-50).
Lehman said while individual Tigers experienced the ups and downs of the game on Thursday, as a team they rallied to overcome the difficulties to earn the trip to the state tournament on Thursday. He said it was a “nerve-wracking” day.
“Nick McMullen shoots 39 on the front, birdies No. 10, then proceeds to shoot 43 on the back,” Lehman said. “On the flip side, his younger brother, Nate, who’s a freshman, went out and played one of the most solid rounds he’s played this year with an 82. His range session (Thursday) morning (before the tournament started), it was not good. But sometimes your worst range session turns out to be one of the better rounds you play and that was definitely the case with Nate.
“Logan had his worst nine holes of the year on the front — he shoots 50,” Lehman added. “I challenged the kids at the turn and told them, ‘Look, this is now a nine-hole tournament. We’ve gotta go play a nine-hole tournament on the back nine. Whatever we did on the front, it’s done and over with, we can’t change it. But we can improve overall on the outcome.’ Logan went out and improved by 11 strokes on the back nine. Not many kids would be able to pull it together to do that. Nate shot 38. Max shot 41 and improved by six strokes.”
Sophomore Noah Huard led Bryan with a final tally of 76 (40-36). He finished runnerup to McDaniel in the individual standings.
Following are the rest of the Bryan team’s individual results: senior Nathan Hess, 82 (37-45); junior Drew Hauber, 87 (42-45); senior Carter Brown, 90 (44-46); senior Colin Shirkey, 99 (49-50).
The OHSAA Division II state tournament is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16 at NorthStar Golf Club in Sunbury.
The Tigers got a preview of the NorthStar course earlier this season when they played in the Warrior-Jaguar Classic on Aug. 10.
Division II District Golf Tournament
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021
Catawba Island Club, Port Clinton
(* State Tournament Qualifier)
1. Bryan* 335 (Drew Dauber 87, Noah Huard 76, Nathan Hess 82, Colin Shirkey 99, Carter Brown 90)
2. Galion* 341 (Nick McMullen 82, Logan Keller 89, Nate McMullen 82, Max Longwell 88, Nate Barre 92)
3. Liberty-Benton 342
4. Shelby 352
5. Ottawa-Glandorf 353
6. Swanton 354
7. Ontario 363
8. Wauseon 385
9. Lake 385
10. Port Clinton 0
11. Toledo Central Catholic 0
12. Otsego 0
13. Genoa 0
14. Upper Sandusky 0
15. Bath 0
16. Van Wert 0
17. Clyde 0
18. Perkins 0
19. Huron 0
(* State Tournament Qualifier)
1. Brice McDaniel* (Liberty-Benton) 74
2. Noah Huard (Bryan) 76
3. Britton Hall* (Bath) 77
4. Jace Fast (Van Wert) 79
5. Carson Fuka (Ottawa-Glandorf) 80
6. Austin Hanni-Wells (Liberty-Benton) 81, Ryan Chapman (Ontario) 81, Josh Swartz (Clyde) 81
9. Andy Scherer (Wauseon) 82, Nathan Hess (Bryan) 82, Owen Knapp (Upper Sandusky) 82, Nick McMullen (Galion) 82, Nate McMullen (Galion) 82
14. Chase Osborn (Lake) 83, Brock Montgomery (Upper Sandusky) 83
16. Garrett Swank (Swanton) 85, Sam Betz (Swanton) 85, Carter Schimmoeller (Ottawa-Glandorf) 85, Carson Brubaker (Shelby) 85
20. Michael Budge (Otsego) 86, Brody Miller (Shelby) 86
22. Drew Dauber (Bryan) 87, Josh Walls (Ottawa-Glandorf) 87, Adam Murray (Huron) 87
25. Jackson Gleckler (Wauseon) 88, Brayden Spencer (Port Clinton) 88, Noah Miles (Liberty-Benton) 88, Max Longwell (Galion) 88
29. Logan Keller (Galion) 89, Cole Hupp (Perkins) 89
31. Carter Brown(Bryan) 90, Will Magers (Shelby) 90, Gavin Gill (Clyde) 90
34. Mazin Rukieh (Swanton) 91, Ashton Hoffbauer (Shelby) 91
36. Nate Barre (Galion) 92, Ty Keinath(Shelby) 92
38. Lucas Bloom (Swanton) 93, Charlie Danuloff (Ontario) 93
40. Jordan Reed (Ontario) 94
41. Hunter McCarthy (Ontario) 95
42. Ryan Wagner(Lake) 97
43. Myles Lowe (Lake) 98, Cael Katafiasz (Toledo C.C.) 98, Robbee Mangan (Ontario) 98
46. Colin Shirkey (Bryan) 99, Joe Gerken (Liberty-Benton) 99
48. Jake Ewersen (Genoa) 100
49. Ryan O’Shea (Swanton) 101, Ty Verhoff (Ottawa-Glandorf) 101
51. Mykale Schneider (Wauseon) 104, C.J. Beeman (Liberty-Benton) 104
53. Ben Luoma (Lake) 107
54. Riley Morr (Wauseon) 111
55. Zach Puehler (Wauseon) 112, Grant Hovest (Ottawa-Glandorf) 112
57. Jack Walsh (Lake) 120
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