Making it all count
FRIENDSHIP — That’s why they call it a team sport.
Ironton and West Union each shot a 313-team score to tie for first place, so the teams went to their fifth player’s score that serves as the tiebreaker.
Ironton’s fifth score was an 85 by Mason Weisgarber. West Union’s fifth score was a 97. The result was a Division II sectional championship for the Ironton Fighting Tigers Tuesday at Shawnee Golf Course.
“Overall the depth of our team was the key. We needed every shot today,” said Jeff Kerns who captured his first sectional title during his tenure as the Ironton coach.
Nathan Kerns led Ironton with a one-over 73, the second best score for the tournament behind Stewart Doll of Portsmouth who had an even par 72.
Josh Zornes was next for Ironton with a 75, Andy Holtzapfel shot an 82, and Josh Mullins was just one shot back at 83.
“Josh Zornes played very, very well and Josh Mullins played well. I can’t say enough for how this team just battles physically and mentally,” said coach Kerns.
Led by Nathan Kerns with an eagle on No. 18, Ironton shot 4-under as a team on the final hole.
“We started well, we struggled in the middle, and then we finished strong,” said coach Kerns. “This team may not be the most talented, but they try to play smart and they just work hard.”
Ironton and West Union qualified for the district tournament along with Wheelersburg (335), Lucasville Valley (339), and Gallipolis (340).
Portsmouth was sixth with a 349 score followed by Fairland at 356, Piketon 359, South Point 360, Waverly 372, Northwest 418, Rock Hill 423, and Portsmouth West 433. Minford and Eastern Brown had only three players and their scores were not counted.
Besides the top five teams advancing, the top five golfers not on a qualifying team advance to the district.
Doll, South Point’s Kevin Davis, Piketon’s Jake Nutt, and Fairland’s Tyler Perry and Chris Ward all advanced. Davis shot an 81, Nutt 83, Perry 84 and Ward 86.
The district tournament is Monday in Marietta. The top two teams and top best individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the state tournament.
Division II at Shawnee State Golf Course
West Union 313
Lucasville Valley 339
South Point 366
Rock Hill 423
Portsmouth West 433
Eastern Brown* DQ
#-Won on 5th man score
*-Had only 3 players
Stewart Doll, Portsmouth (medalist) 72
Kevin Davis, South Point 81
Jake Nutt, Piketon 83
Tyler Perry, Fairland 84
Chris Ward, Fairland 86
IRONTON 313: Nathan Kerns 73, Josh Zornes 75, Andy Holtzapfel 82, Josh Mullins 83, Mason Weisgarber 85.
Division II at Chillicothe
Logan Elm 310
New Lexington 362
Zane Trace 369
Fairfield Union 380
Washington CH 384
River Valley 402
Vinton County 436
Drew Davis, Zane Trace 83
Connor Johnson, Wash. Court House 85
Jeff Baker, Greenfield McClain 88
Michael Harley, New Lexington 88
Mason Cannon, New Lexington 88