BEAVERCREEK — The National Trail and Tri-County North boys golf teams, along with Twin Valley South’s Nathan Osborn, had their seasons come to an end during the Southwest District Division III Tournament on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Beavercreek Golf Club.
Osborn competed individually, finished in fourth place with a 74, but the top two individuals, Caleb Westvall of Mechanicsburg who carded a 71, and Brad Gottemoeller of Fort Loramie who scored a 72, were the ones who advanced to the big show Oct. 14-15.
“The individual scores were amazing,” said TVS coach Darcy Robinson. “Nate finished 4th, overall, behind a 71, 72 and 73. He played really good golf today. He drove the ball well, he got up and down nicely on his approach shots, and he made some tough putts. If he did get into any trouble, he was able to work his way out of it very quickly. I’ve watch him time and time again, hit into what you might think is an impossible shot, and then he pops it up next to the pin. He is so good at that. If there was any down side to the day, he had at least four or five potential birdie putts lip out or come within an inch or two of going in. Had those fallen, he would have easily finished first.”
“Probably the most frustrating thing about the sectional and district set-up, is that you can advance to state on a team, as long as your team scores better than the other teams,” Robinson said. “Each person doesn’t have to qualify with a certain score. As it turned out today, Nathan shot better than any player on the two teams that are going to state, yet he doesn’t get to go. But we knew the rules going in, and we accept that, but it’s tough, knowing that he played better than the other qualifiers.
“Having said all that, I couldn’t be more proud of what Nathan has accomplished this season. He went undefeated in the CCC, was named Player of the Year for the second straight time, advanced to the District Tournament for the second year in a row, and truly represented our school so very well. If he sees the same amount of improvement going into next year, as he did this year, the best is yet to come.”
Tri-County North finished in ninth place with a team score of 377, while National Trail ended in 12th place with a 385. Only two teams advanced to the state finals, Seven Hills (323) and Cincinnati Country Day (331).
Finishing the season for Tri-County North were seniors Zach Tincher (97), Brett Booso (92), and Bailey Lairson (117). Freshmen Ethan Kelley (90), and Alec Wayman (98) also participated.
For National Trail, senior Logan Petitt carded a 96. Also placing were senior Isaac Plankenhorn (99), senior Bryten Jones (95), sophomore Dawson Ward (95), and junior Chris Brubaker (109).
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