Both Lakeview and Scotus boys' golf teams qualified for the state championships next week by placing second and third, respectively, on May 15 in the B-2 district, meaning all five athletes from each team will compete in the state championships.
Mount Michael Benedictine got first place in the district by recording a combined score of 325, while Lakeview scored 341 and Scotus posted a 343.
Both teams also had two players in the top 10 among all individual golfers. Junior Bryce VunCannon of Scotus placed third carding a 78. Lakeview senior Carter Luedtke placed sixth by scoring 82 and his teammate and fellow senior Elijah Mohlman scored 83, which was good enough for seventh place. Scotus senior Colson Kosch finished 10th with a score of 85.
Lakeview head coach Sandy Harrison was excited about her team’s success.
“It was a total team effort today,” Harrison said. “When one person got down, someone would help them get up.”
The state championships will take place May 22-23 at the Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus. More information will be made available in the future.
Harrison said she's excited about Quail Run Golf Course.
“It’s a great place to play,” Harrison said. “It’s our home course so that never hurt anything.”
According to Scotus head coach Tyler Swanson, attention-to-detail was the order of the day.
"I’m very proud of the guys for the way they played today," Swanson said. "We put a lot of emphasis on each shot counting this time of year and each guy contributed today."
Especially critical to his squad's success was its collective short game, he said.
"We spent most of the week working on our short game and learning how to shave strokes off our scores. Each day we concentrated on up and downs, which is chipping close enough so we can make the next putt," Swanson said. "Today, the kids managed to record 32 up-and-downs, which was more than one-third of the holes we played. I estimate we saved 10-20 strokes by making those up-and-downs, which may have been the difference between third and fourth place for us."
Other scores: Lakeview – Senior Ethan Paben, 87; sophomore Landon Bignell, 89; senior Jared Engel, 98; Scotus – sophomore Drew VunCannon 89; junior Cameron Johnston 91; and Junior Sam Blaser, 91.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Columbus Telegram. Reach him via eamil at email@example.com