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Huron's Bollenbacher, Bellevue boys advance to state tournament

Butch Wagner • May 12, 2015 at 5:36 PM

Huron freshman Keegan Bollenbacher and the Bellevue golf team spent most of the 2010 season looking up in their leagues.

Bollenbacher was ranked 10th individually in the Sandusky Bay Conference scoring average with 42.2.

Meanwhile, Bellevue finished seventh in the final Northern Ohio League standings with a 4-10 record.

Only the top two teams and top two individuals not on state qualifying teams in the Division II district tournament at Sycamore Springs in Arlington earned state bids.

And look who's going to the state championships next week: Bollenbacher and Bellevue advance to the Division II tournament next Friday and Saturday on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State.

While qualifying, Bollenbacher scored his first hole-in-one on the way to a 38-38--76, four strokes over on the par-72, 6,681-yard Sycamore Springs course just nine miles outside of Findlay.

Teeing off at No. 12, a 190-yard par-three, Bollenbacher was three over par. One stroke later, the youngster was just one over for the day.

"I was playing with Derek Kuns (Margaretta) and he hit his tee shot short of the green so decided the go to my 4 hybrid," Bollenbacher said. "I knew from the start it was a good one and the ball started to draw back, then hit on the middle of the green, bounced twice and rolled into the cup.

"I heard the ball hit the pin and then heard someone say the ball went in the cup. I was in shock when I walked up and looked down at the ball. I've been playing golf 10 years and this is the first ace for me.

"I knew from that point on I had a chance to get out if I would play steady golf from that point on. I needed a couple of pars and a few bogeys would still be enough to make it. I parred 13, then bogeyed 14 and 15 but parred 16, then bogeyed 17 and two-putted 18 for my par, and finished with 76."

Bollenbacher said playing at Sawmill Creek Golf Course in Huron helped him prepare for Sycamore Springs.

"It makes for good preparation in my opinion," said Bollenbacher who felt he had a chance to make it to the state in his four years at Huron, but admits the dream came true earlier than he anticipated.

The medalist was Blake Doidge of Van Wert who fired 38-36--74. Kuns finished tied for third with 40-38--78, the same score posted by Justin Schoen of Bellevue who also carded 40-38--78.

"Everything finally came together for us today," said Bellevue coach Jan Terveen.

"The key was the back nine. Four of our five kids improved their scores on the back side," he said. "I believe we were five back at the turn for second place and some 12 shots behind leader Napoleon. And we came back to trail Napoleon by just three shots (329-332) when it was all over. I couldn't be any happier than I am right now for these young men."

Terveen noted the Redmen last made the state tournament in 1983 and 1985 when the teams featured Brian Schubert, now the athletic director at Bellevue.

While Schoen led the way for Bellevue, senior Taylor Radloff checked in with 40-42--82, senior Sam Strayer 45-41--86 and junior Luke Rospert 47-39--86. Senior Ryan Cook contributed 46-42--88.

Van Wert was third in the nine-team field with 334. Upper Sandusky finished fourth at 337 and Lake was fifth with 342.

For more from Thursday's golf districts read Friday's Sandusky Register.

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