The Worthington Christian High School boys golf team is hoping to get up to speed on what to expect from Ohio State’s Scarlet Course by the time it competes there in the Division III state tournament Friday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 14.
Junior Tyler Jones competed on the course in a junior amateur event during the offseason and junior teammate Cole Brooks served as his caddy, but the Warriors are making their first state appearance as a team since placing fourth in 2011.
“It’s a real thrill to be going there,” first-year coach Zac Hess said. “We realize what a privilege it is.”
On Oct. 4 in the six-team district tournament at Denison Golf Club at Granville, the Warriors shot a 313 to edge Wellington (318) for the championship and earn the lone state berth.
Jones was runner-up with a 73, junior Blake Lawson tied for sixth (79), senior Jake Hoheisel tied for eighth (80), junior Will Evans tied for 10th (81) and Brooks tied for 14th (85).
″(Being in the same group as Wellington) gave us motivation to win our group, and it worked out,” Jones said.
The Warriors were leading the Jaguars by four strokes at the turn after each began on the back nine, but Jones and Hoheisel each shot 38 and Evans and Lawson both shot 39 on the front nine to seal the win.
“It feels pretty good,” Hess said. “It really wasn’t until we started the front nine that everyone started to play better. We knew it was going to come down to (us and Wellington).”
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