The Sandusky Bay Conference boys golf picture took a big hit Thursday in district competition at two sites.
Three teams and four individuals went in vying for state tournament berths, and only one individual -- Huron's Keegan Bollenbacher -- advanced.
St. Mary Central Catholic fell short in its bid to send a team back to the Division III tournament with a sixth-place finish in the Bowling Green district at the Stone Ridge Golf Club. The top four teams earned trips to state along with the top four scorers not on a qualifying team.
Meanwhile, Clyde and Port Clinton were fighting to advance in the Division II district at the Sycamore Springs course just outside of Findlay. Both failed as only two of the nine teams advanced.
Bollenbacher was among four SBC individuals in the field. He was joined by Margaretta's Derek Kuns and Tyler Smith, and Perkins sophomore Nate Foss.
Kuns missed out by two strokes in the individual listings with his round of 40-38--78. Smith had 39 going out, but managed only 45 coming back for an 84. Foss was also in the thick of things most of the day with 40-39--79.
SMCC had four members of the 2009 team that played in state on this year's roster. The Panthers finished second in the SBC standings, and second in the sectional tournament at Clyde a week ago.
"We did not have a good day overall and shot 343, but just two shots out of fourth place," St. Mary coach Matt Keech said.
Ottawa Hills won the team title at 327 and Lima Central Catholic was runner-up with 335. Van Buren posted 337 while Liberty-Benton and Minster tied for fourth at 341, and Liberty-Benton advances to the state on the tiebreaker (the fifth score).
"I have five seniors who are quite disappointed," Keech said.
Collin Ebert had the low round at 82 while Evan Slattery produced 86, Kyle Glovinsky 87, Jared Ebert 88 and Connor Stark 93.
"Collin's 82 was very good but it's a shame our seniors have to go out this way," Keech said.
Fremont St. Joe Central Catholic qualified an individual, Connor Dudley who submitted a 79.
At Sycamore Springs, Napoleon and Bellevue ranked first and second at 329 and 332 respectively.
Port Clinton finished sixth among the nine schools at 348 and Clyde was eighth at 360.
For the Redskins, junior Kevin Hiller checked in with 80 while Joey Kurtz tallied 87, Alex Viery 88 and sophomores Jason Mueller and Sean Black 93s.
"Overall, I'm very happy with our scores," Port Clinton coach Rick Dominick said. "We were also sixth here last year and lost three from that group and had three kids this year in the sectional for the first time."
For SBC champion Clyde, senior Isaac DelGarbino carded 83 and Joey Cooper 88. Garret Rupert and Aaron Missler finished with 92s and Luke Hohenstein 96.
Lake Ridge heads to D-III state
At Seven Hills Country Club in Hartville, the Lake Ridge Academy boys team, featuring two Sandusky players, earned a trip to next week's Division III state tournament at the Northstar Golf Course in Sunbury.
Spencer Scheeler and Mitchell Rice, the players from Sandusky, shot 79 and 83, respectively, as the Lions combined for a 332.
Lake Ridge lost on a tiebreaker to Gilmore Academy.
The Lions are the first Lake Ridge Academy team in the school's 47-year history to advance to the state tournament in any sport.