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5 SBC boys golf teams advance to districts

Fandy.com Staff • May 12, 2015 at 5:36 PM

Five Sandusky Bay Conference boys' golf teams will send representatives to next week's district tournament.

Two teams -- Clyde and Port Clinton -- advanced to the district in the Toledo sectional at the Heatherdowns Golf Club, along with Huron freshman Keegan Bollenbacher who earned a berth in the individual category.

Meanwhile, at Huron's Sawmill Creek, Northern Ohio League representative Bellevue captured the team crown while three more SBC players finished 1-2-3 in individual play to grab district spots.

Margaretta sophomore Tyler Smith was medalist with a 38-36--74, followed by sophomore Nate Foss of Perkins at 36-41--77 and Margaretta junior Derek Kuns who placed third with 39-39--78.

The top three teams and four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the district Thursday at the Sycamore Springs course in Arlington, Ohio.

Bellevue finished with a 330 total at Sawmill Creek compared to 337 for Upper Sandusky and 340 for Clear Fork. They are among the 12 teams in the Sycamore Springs district seeking just two spots to the state tournament.

Also from the area, Willard carded 342, Margaretta 350 and Perkins and Edison wound up with 359s.

For coach Jan Terveen's Bellevue squad, all five golfers were in the 80s. Senior Taylor Radloff paved the way at 80, followed by seniors Ryan Cook and Sam Strayer with 82 each. Juniors Justin Schoen and Lucas Rospert added 86 and 88, respectively.

"We saved our best for last," said Schoen. "We did not have a good season and finished seventh in the NOL, but we put it all together today and we're looking forward to the district."

Milbury Lake was the champion at Heatherdowns with 317 while SBC king Clyde followed with 326 and Port Clinton 329 to nab the district positions. Genoa placed fourth at 337 and Huron was fifth with 342.

Clyde bunched its scores, as usual, to earn a district ticket. Senior Isaac DelGarbino led the way with 78 and freshman Luke Hohenstein and sophomore Garret Rupert were next in line with 80 and 81 respectively. Aaron Missler contributed 87 and Joey Cooper 89.

"The key today was Luke's fine score," Clyde's Dick Farrar said. "He's only a freshman but solid as a rock and his poise and confidence in what he is doing on the course showed up. We're excited about getting out and this is the third time Isaac has qualified."

Port Clinton also followed the same pattern with two strokes separating the top three scorers. Junior Kevin Hiller had 79, freshman Joey Kurtz 80 and senior Alex Viery 81. Sophomores Jason Mueller and Sean Black chipped in with 89s.

"I'm very happy for these kids," Redskins We shot 331 last year and got out and lowered that by two shots today with a different team, a young team."

For Huron, the 342 total was the lowest 18-hole mark for the season by 40 strokes.

"All four kids had their best rounds of the season," coach Tom Bollenbacher said.

Freshman Keegan Bollenbacher fired 38-43--81 which was his best 18-hole round. Freshman Jack Springer and senior Brandon Johnson turned in 85s and sophomore Jake Justus contributed 91.

"As a father and a coach I'm proud of Keegan, but all of my kids played well today and it came at the right time," Bollenbacher said.

Margaretta coach Mark Freeh was ecstatic.

"It was a great day for us. Getting two out is very good but we also have the medalist in Tyler Smith who did great by going three over par on this tough course, and he missed a short birdie putt on 18," Freeh said. "That is still a darn good score."

"As for Derek (Kuns), he got off to a bad start but kept plugging away and going to the district for the third year in a row."

Also for the Bears, senior Chris Stratton posted 92 while Austin Spicer tallied 106 and Andy Riesterer 112.

Perkins coach John Essex was also in a very good mood after Foss qualified for the district a second time.

"Nate played extremely well and I'm proud of him," he said. "Sometimes you get in a comfort zone and fall out of it, but Nate was focused and played well down the stretch, and the highlight came on the last hole when he had a sand save.

"The SBC had a great day with three teams and four more individuals getting to the district. To have six of our eight schools qualify someone is quite an accomplishment for any conference," Essex said.

Also for the Pirates, Grant White produced 89, Maxx Tamburrino 91 and Tyler Brownell 102.

For Willard, Cody Tanner had the low round of 82. Ryan Pfefferle was next with 83, then Alex Hanes at 85. Dylan Krause chipped in with 92 and Matt Cok 107.

For more boys' sectional golf, see Friday's Sandusky Register and Norwalk Reflector

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