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New London wins Div. III sectional title

By DON HOHLER • Updated Sep 28, 2017 at 10:45 PM

GALION — Firelands Conference golf teams showed their strength Thursday afternoon at Valley View golf course, the site of the Division III boys sectional.

New London won the event, while Plymouth finished third to grab the final qualifying spot for the Stone Ridge district next Tuesday. In addition, the No. 1 and No. 2 golfers from Ashland Crestview, Jacob Salyers (46-37—83) and Hayden McMillen (45-40—85) advanced as two of the three individuals, along with Riverdale’s Andrew Kuenzli (46-43—89).

The Wildcats shot a 352 to win the team title, followed by Seneca East (365), Plymouth (367), Tiffin Calvert (369), Crestview (371), Wynford (381), Mohawk (392), Riverdale (414), Buckeye Central (435), Ridgemont (466) and St. Paul (480).

New London continued to get the solid play from its top three golfers in the lineup. Senior Weston Eibel (42-41—83), and juniors Ben Crawshaw (42-41—83) and Jaylin Moffit (43-44—87). Sophomore Sean Andolsek had a 47-52—99 while freshman Marcus Mayhorn carded sides of 58-60 for a 118.

“Our goal has been a 360, and we bettered that this afternoon with a 352,” New London coach Zack Parr stated. “The kids are really turning up their play in the postseason. Sean Andolsek shot a 99 today, the first time he has broke 100 in his career. He birdied 18 to get down to double-digits. We needed that kind of effort.”

It will be New London’s fifth straight appearance at the district tournament. Parr is 3 for 3 since he left the girls program.

Meanwhile, Plymouth is believed to be making only its second district appearance in school history as it shot the 367 without a senior on the team.

Sophomore Brody Brown led the Big Red (47-42—89) numbers. Juniors Jacob Adams (47-43—90) and Nate Sexton (46-49—95) and sophomore Draven Kelley (47-46—93) were the others who had their totals used. Sophomore Zeb Finnegan (56-53—109) was the fifth player.

“It is absolutely amazing how this team bonded after we lost Dylan (Patton) to that car accident this spring,” Plymouth coach Doug Hopkins said. “We knew we were going to be solid with Dylan, a district rep last year, in the lineup. It just seemed like the kids were galvanized by the tragedy. To go from 5-8 last year to 12-5 this year tells our community how this team responded.”

It was a nail-biting finish for the Big Red, as their trip to the district came down to Tiffin Calvert’s final player — who was also in the final group. His triple-bogey on the final hole averted going to the score of the fifth player, which would have given Calvert the nod for Stone Ridge.

Runners-up Seneca East used the numbers from seniors Alex Forehand (43-41—84), Kyle Siesel (51-49—98) and Dylan Kalb (49-49—98) along with freshman Jake Forehands (45-40—85). Freshman Andrew Kalb (59-49—108) also competed.

The St. Paul team continues to learn along the way. It shot a 480, getting scores from seniors Keegan Baker (51-64—115) and Joe Swope (51-64—115), sophomore Dave Swope (51-68—119) and freshman Nathan Juby (71-60—131).

“It’s been a learning experience for everyone involved,” first-year Flyer coach Mike McLaughlin said. “They did improve over the course of the season, but in this sport, big steps are hard to make.

“The players are still trying to manage their games and the courses,” he added. “I lose my two seniors, but hopefully I can recruit some players from the halls who want to try this sport.”

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