Ironton trio, Kerns earn SE coaches all-district honors
Even in the clubhouse the Ironton Fighting Tigers golf team is having success.
After an impressive season that ended with a state tournament appearance, Ironton landed two players on the first team, one honorable mention and a coach of the year in voting conducted by the Southeast Ohio Golf Coaches Association.
Junior Andy Holtzapfel and sophomore Josh Zornes were first team all-district while junior Jonathan Williams was honorable mention. Jeff Kerns was the district Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
The all-district selections were the second straight for Holtzapfel and Zornes. Holtzapfel was second team last season and Zornes was honorable mention.
“Those are some pretty good accomplishments and they did a lot of them against bigger schools,” said Kerns.
“I told them at the beginning of the year we’re all going to have to step it up and we did that.”
Williams was the surprise of the team as he went from sixth man to making first team All-SEOAL. He tied four fourth place in the sectional tournament.
“I feel satisfied with (the award). I didn’t expect it. I played well at certain times. I just happened to play well on the right days,” said Williams.
“He played the three-man most of the year. He played pretty well all year,” Kerns said of Williams.
While Williams was a surprise, Holtzapfel did what was expected.
“Andy had more experience as far as tournament golf. He’s had a pretty good year,” said Kerns.
Holtzapfel was medalist in five tournaments this season and was first team All-SEOAL for the third straight year.
“I felt I could have played better, but I’m happy with all I got,” said Holtzapfel. “I could have got more medalist, but I played better in 18-hole tournaments.
“I wantto win the state. This year we all got experience. We can all finish on a good note (next year).”
Zornes started the year as medalist to lead Ironton to a win in its own invitational. He tied for fourth place as Ironton won its second straight sectional and was medalist in five different tournaments.
“I worked hard on my game. The hard work in the summer paid off and playing in tournaments,” said Zornes.
“I didn’t expect (first team all-district). I’m happy to get the award. I’m not happy we only got 10th at the state. I can’t wait until next year.”
Ironton’s top six golfers had average scores between 39 to 41.5 strokes per nine holes.
“There’s not a lot of separation between them,” said Kerns. “Any one of them could have been all-district.”
Kerns — who guided Ironton to a 96-16 record and a district runner-up — thanked his players for the coaching award.
“I can’t win an award like this without good players,” said Kerns. “I’m honored by it and I’m humbled by it because it’s voted on by the other coaches in Southeast Ohio.”
The Ironton coach added that winning the award has served as motivation for next year.
“I want these guys to have the opportunity to win the state. That’s a goal for us,” said Kerns.
Jackson’s Morgan Dobbins was the Player of the Year. Ironton’s Nathan Kerns, now playing at Marshall, won the honor last year.
Chesapeake freshman Nick Duffield was a second team selection and Fairland’s Dalton Froelich was honorable mention in Division II.
2009 BOYS DIVISION II
SE Ohio Golf Coaches
ALL DISTRICT TEAM
Player (School) Gr.
Morgan Dobbins, Jackson – POY 12
Corey Richmond, West Union 12
Tanner Huntley, West Union 10
Blaine Hardin, Logan Elm 12
Josh Zornes, Ironton 10
Andy Holtzapfel, Ironton 11
J.T. Bunnor, McClain 10
Nick Duffield, Chesapeake 9
Drew Davis, Zane Trace 12
Nick Saunders, Gallia Academy 10
Derek Greenlee, Logan Elm 11
Jordan Long, Zane Trace 12
Nathan Cline, Westfall 12
Jeff Baker-Hester, McClain 12
Ryan Hawks, Waverly 10
Evan Sommer, Portsmouth 11
Jon Williams, Ironton 11
Corey Hamilton, Galia Academy 12
Tyler Andrews, Meigs 12
Ben Davis, Southeastern 10
Jacob Harley, New Lexington 10
Tyler Woodrow, Miami Trace 12
Britt Rothwell, North Adams 12
Dylan Newsom, Jackson 12
Mike Hackney, Vinton County
Nathan Kern, Circleville 10
Blake Downard, Wellston
Brandon Hemming, Logan Elm 10
Robbie Pell West, Union 11
Joe Speakman, Zane Trace 12
Dalton Froelich, Fairland 12
Drew Nichols, Unioto 11
Coach of the Year
Jeff Kerns, Ironton