DEFIANCE – Not to anyone’s surprise, the Northwest Ohio Athletic League Golf Tournament went down to the wire Friday at Auglaize Golf Club in Defiance.
Both Archbold and Bryan went into the day tied at the top of the league, each with a 6-1 record. They also both shot a 322 as a team, and after their fifth golfer had the same score, it came down to the sixth man. Fortunately for the Bluestreaks, Kobe Kennedy’s 96 beat out Colin Shirkey of Bryan, who shot a 101.
“The longer the day went, the more I thought we probably hadn’t gotten the job done,” said Archbold coach Mike Rosebrook. “Even here at the clubhouse, at the end, I thought we were down by one and it turned out there was a math error. And my kid caught it, because I’ve always told them to keep score of everybody in your group regardless of whose card it is.
“So that was a good catch. It was just a simple mistake, but one stroke makes a big, big difference. Yeah, I definitely had a lot more stress today than I wanted.”
It was the fourth straight league title for the Streaks.
“Just their work ethic,” said Rosebrook on what stands out about his team. “They are multi-sport athletes. We are just blessed over here (at Archbold). They got good kids and, I guess, they just know how to get the job done. And you can’t teach that.”
The eight points earned for winning the tournament gave Archbold 14 for the season. Bryan finished runner-up with 13, Swanton third (11), Wauseon fourth (10), Evergreen fifth (7), Patrick Henry sixth (5), Delta seventh (2), and Liberty Center eighth (2).
Rosebrook says strategy was key in his team’s success Friday.
“We treat every course different,” he said. “So we prepared for this course specifically. There is definitely a lot of strategy. A lot of my guys don’t even hit drivers, because it was important to just keep the ball in play. We hit the ball so far, we can hit three-woods and hybrids off the tee. That made a big difference, just in the way that we approach the golf course. Course management is definitely a big deal.”
The tournament had co-medalists, one of those being Archbold’s Kade Kern, shooting a 74. Case Hartman of Bryan also posted a 74.
Next for the Streaks was A.J. Mahnke, with an 80. Kreighton Sims added an 81, and Mitch Grosjean, 87.
Swanton had a pair of golfers tie for fourth along with Connor Shirkey of Bryan. The Bulldogs’ Austin Luce and Garrett Swank each shot a 77. Also scoring for the Dogs were Randy Slink with an 87 (T-16th) and Sam Betz with an 89 (T-21st).
For Wauseon, Dylan Grahn shot an 81 to tie for eighth. Eric Parker added an 82 (T-11th), Trent Armstrong, 84 (14th), and Caleb Leu, 89 (T-21st).
Evergreen’s top scorers were Travis Mersing with an 81 (T-8th) and Aaron Miller, 82 (T-11th). Brady Wymer and Cole Mattin of Delta tied for 18th with Patrick Henry’s James Gerken, each posting an 88.
Archbold, Swanton, and Wauseon are at the Division II sectional tournament at Detwiler Park Golf Course in Toledo Thursday morning. Delta, Evergreen, Fayette, and Pettisville are at the Division III tournament at Ironwood Thursday.
NWOAL Boys Golf Tournament
1. Archbold 322 (Kade Kern 74, Mitch Grosjean 87, A.J. Mahnke 80, Kreighton Sims 81, Kobe Kennedy 96, Josh Nofzinger 92); 2. Bryan 322; 3. Swanton 330; 4. Wauseon 336; 5. Evergreen 353; 6. Patrick Henry 359; 7. Liberty Center 366; 8. Delta 369.
Individuals (top 10)
1. Kade Kern (Archbold) 74, Case Hartman (Bryan) 74; 3. Kaiden McGraw (Patrick Henry) 75; 4. Connor Shirkey (Bryan) 77, Austin Luce (Swanton) 77, Garrett Swank (Swanton) 77; 7. A.J. Mahnke (Archbold) 80; 8. Travis Mersing (Evergreen) 81, Kreighton Sims (Archbold) 81, Dylan Grahn (Wauseon) 81.
Archbold girls finish on top
Area girls were also in action at Auglaize, but it was considered an invitational, since not every school in the league had enough girls to field a team.
The Bluestreaks finished first with a 410 team score. Patrick Henry was runner-up with a 437, and Evergreen third at 442.
Earning medalist honors was Lexe McQuillen of Wauseon, carding an 83.
For Archbold, Emma Heckel shot a 97, Josee Grime, 98, Erika Wyse, 106, and Gabby Cox, 109.
The Division II girls sectional tournament is at Country Acres in Kalida today.