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IN THE NEWS: ‘FOCUSED’ BOYS GOLFERS LOOK TO POSTSEASON

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By Jarrod Ulrey, THISWEEKSPORTS.COM

With most of its lineup returning from last season, the Worthington Christian boys golf program has picked up where it left off in terms of teamwork.

The Warriors hope to build enough momentum over the next few weeks that they’ll put together a strong bid to make it to the Division III state tournament after placing third (323) at district last fall behind Wellington (314) and Fairbanks (323, finished second on fifth-score tiebreaker).

“I really like this team,” fourth-year coach Zac Hess said. “We have really good camaraderie. Inwardly we really care about one another and that’s more important than any score. I’m really impressed with how these guys have been bringing in the new guys and staying focused on their goals. I really hope we’re the team representing the Central District at the state tournament this year. We’ve got to win at (district at) Denison (Golf Club) to get there, so our eyes are always looking toward that.”

Worthington Christian finished fourth (3-9) in the MSL-Ohio Division last fall behind champion Columbus Academy (12-0) and third (321) in the league preseason tournament Aug. 5 at Westchester behind Academy (300) and Bexley (309) and ahead of Buckeye Valley (356).

Junior Sam Evans was medalist with a 72 and senior Ben Evans, his brother, finished second with a 73.

“We’ve gotten good senior leadership from Ben Evans,” Hess said. “He’s taken that captain role really well and he’s motivated. These guys are following him really well.”

The other returnees are junior Nathan Ball and sophomore Chase Steininger.

Seniors Drew Faieta and Ben King and freshmen Everett Burns and Caleb Chmielewski also are looking to contribute.

“The nice thing about high school golf is that we start competition right away,” Hess said. “If we can kind of show and give all the credit to the host coaches and golf courses, they’ve been creative and I think players, coaches and families are just happy to play.”

Read more of Jarrod Ulrey’s coverage of WC sports, including news on the girls golf team and girls tennis team here.

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