2018-10-10 / Sports

Good Luck AHS Boys Golf Team!

Blue Streaks Finish Second At District, Qualify For State

The AHS boys golf team finished second at the Div. II district tournament. From left: Mike Rosebrook, AHS head coach; Mitch Grosjean; A.J. Mahnke; Kreighton Sims; Kade Kern; and Josh Nofzinger.– photo courtesy Mike Rosebrook The AHS boys golf team finished second at the Div. II district tournament. From left: Mike Rosebrook, AHS head coach; Mitch Grosjean; A.J. Mahnke; Kreighton Sims; Kade Kern; and Josh Nofzinger.– photo courtesy Mike Rosebrook A version of this article was posted to ArchboldBuckeye.com on Friday, Oct. 5.

The Archbold boys golf team qualified for the state tournament by finishing second at the Division II district tournament, Thursday, Oct. 4, at Red Hawk Golf Course, Findlay.

The Streaks finished with a team score of 344, two strokes behind first-place Galion.

The top two teams and two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the state tournament, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13, at The Ohio State University Golf Course, Columbus.

It is the fourth time in school history the Streaks have advanced to the state tournament.

Ten years ago, in 2008, Archbold finished third at districts and ninth at state in Div. III.

In 2016, AHS finished second at districts and 11th at state in Div. II.

In 2017, the Streaks won the district championship and finished eighth at state in Div. II.

Kreighton Sims, a senior, led AHS with a score of 82 to finish fourth and First Team Kreighton Sims was low man for Archbold at the Div. II district tournament last week. He shot an 82 and finished fourth overall.– photo courtesy Mike Rosebrook Kreighton Sims was low man for Archbold at the Div. II district tournament last week. He shot an 82 and finished fourth overall.– photo courtesy Mike Rosebrook All-Tournament honors.

Mitch Grosjean, a senior, tied for 11th with an 85. A.J. Mahnke, a senior, tied for 18th with an 88.

Kade Kern, a junior, tied for 20th with an 89. Josh Nofzinger, a sophomore, placed 52nd with a 108.

Upper Sandusky’s Brett Montgomery won match medalist honors, with a low score of 75.

“The best way to describe the conditions at Red Hawk would be to compare it to the U.S. open this summer, only windier,” said Mike Rosebrook, AHS head coach.

“During the coaches meeting before the round, they told us that the greens were so fast that if the ball rolled away when you set it back down behind the mark, you should replace it with no penalty.

“You couldn’t hold a green if you weren’t hitting directly into the wind.

“What should have been a good chip shot rolled 20 feet away. Any curve to your shot left you 50 yards or more off target.

“With the heather on every hole and the speed of the greens, pars were hard to come by.

“I told the team repeatedly that it was going to be a mental marathon. I knew it would frustrate everyone and we need to be tougher to survive the conditions.

“Kreighton hits a lower-flying shot than most people, so it’s no surprise he was able to limit penalty strokes off the tee and turn in our best score.

“We worked on his short game a little extra last week and he putted well, too. His 82 was good enough to land First Team honors. I was so happy to see him play well.

“The rest of them struggled with the conditions on the front and probably thought we were done.

“We made some adjustments for the back nine by hitting long irons off the tee to keep the wind from blowing it in the heather.

“Pars and bogeys, I kept telling them. No more penalty strokes and don’t take big risks was the strategy.

“The forecast said it would get colder as the day went on, and it did. That makes the club shaft react differently as the temperature dips, and the other teams had their turn to struggle on the back nine as we were bringing it around.

“Mitch turned it on and make a string of good holes, and Kade birdied number 18. A.J. hit it pretty well all day, as he hits a low shot, too.

“We were one of two teams to record four scores in the 80s, and that was a great effort for the way we started the front. They showed a lot of determination out there.

“We were a couple shots ahead of Galion for the win until their number five man turned in an 87 to cancel a 92. That put ‘em ahead us by two.

“Two teams qualify for state, so even though they got us by a couple we still advance.

“I never would have guessed a 344 would be good enough, but it was brutal with the conditions.

“We will be back at the Scarlet University Course this year again after playing NorthStar last year, so we need to hit more bunker shots in preparation, as I think there are something like 46 sand traps on that one.

“Hopefully with what we learned at Red Hawk last week as well as having been to the Scarlet two years ago, we should have a pretty good strategy going in.

“I think they all will be well prepared and ready for the challenge ahead.”

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