Kerns takes medalist honors at district tournament
Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 14, 2007
CIRCLEVILLE — Nathan Kerns is developing some good habits.
The Ironton Fighting Tigers junior golfer has made a habit of taking medalist honors this season. He did it for the 14th time Wednesday in the Division II district tournament at Cook’s Creek Golf Course.
And with his medalist honors came another trip to the state tournament Oct. 12-13 on the Ohio State Grey Course. Kerns played in the state tournament as a freshman when Ironton qualified as a team.
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Kerns shot a 1-under par 71 to claim medalist honors by five strokes. He was one of only four golfers to shoot scores in the 70s for the tournament.
“It feels good. This one is special because I’m heading to the dance,” said Kerns. “It’s the state. I experienced it as a freshmen and it’s nice to be going back.”
Ironton finished ninth in the 14-team field with a 352 total. Besides Kerns, Andy Holtzapfel shot a 91, Mason Weisgarber 92, and Josh Cooke and John Williams each carded a 98.
“To make it to the district as a team with four freshman and a junior was quite an accomplishment. Hopefully that means better things for them next year,” said Ironton coach Jeff Kerns.
Nathan Kerns was able to play well despite excessive winds. He added it was even better to win since he has not played well at Cook’s Creek.
“This one was special. I’ve not exactly played Cook’s well in the past. I played it smart. I got a lot of experience the first two years and it paid off. And I got good coaching,” said Nathan about his father who was the district medalist 20 years ago.
Nathan said he is looking forward to play in the state tournament.
“There will be a little more pressure, but I’m there to win it. It’s the last match of the year so there’s nothing really left to lose,” said Nathan.
“I’ve not played it at all. It’s really short, so I feel good. I’ll throw some wedges in there and try to make some putts. You’ve got to be prepared for both, but I’d rather play a shorter course. It fits my short game.”
Coach Kerns said Nathan has been consistent all year.
“He played a really solid round today,” said coach Kerns. “It was windy, and to shoot a 71 in that level of competition and weather conditions is something.
“He’s played this way all year long. He’s been unbelievable. He’s worked really hard and he deserves it.”
Div. II Golf Tournament