COLUMBUS — Twin Valley South junior Nathan Osborn became the first golfer in school history to earn All-Ohio honors with his seventh place finish at the 48th Annual Boys Division III State Golf Tournament at The Ohio State University Scarlet Course.
Osborn rebounded from an opening round 80 on Friday, Oct. 13, to shoot a 73 on the second day for a total of 9-over par 153, to move from 19th to seventh.
“I thought I played pretty well most of the time,” he said. “I had a rough six hole stretch the first day on the back nine that kind of threw me off a little bit. But I recovered well today and played a good round. I’m happy with how I did.”
Osborn was pleased to earn the distinction of All-Ohio.
“I’m very happy about that. We’ll take it. I look to improve for next year,” he said. “ I set a goal and I accomplished it.”
Osborn said he felt little pressure on Saturday after shooting an 80 in the opening round.
“It really took the pressure off honestly,” he said. “I just came out and knew there was no pressure to try and win or anything, so I just wanted to try and play the best I could and see if I could get close to the top 10. That was my goal.”
Osborn is the first South golfer to reach state since Ryan Miller in 1995.
“It’s definitely an honor. I didn’t realize it until just now,” he said of breaking the 20-plus year streak. “It’s really cool. It’s nice to be placed in the same grouping.”
Osborn didn’t realize he is the only golfer in school history to earn All-Ohio status.
“That’s really awesome. It’s another thing I didn’t know,” he said. “I’m just happy with how I played this week.”
Twin Valley South coach Darcy Robinson got emotional when talking about Osborn.
“I’m pretty proud,” she said after taking a few moments to gather her thoughts. “He came in wanting to be top five. I thought that was a pretty lofty goal, but I knew he was capable. I just think what he did the second day, after shooting an 80, that’s pretty cool. He could have laid down and felt sorry for himself.”
Robinson said that says a lot about what type of player/person he is.
“That tells a whole lot about his character, his determination and how tough he is,” she said. “He was a lot more care free (today). I’m just so proud. It’s all on him. I’m just here for the ride. I’m happy to manage the team and all, but everything he gets is his hard work. He’s relentless in how hard he works. He never takes anything for granted. He gets down there and does the dirty work.”
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH