A version of this article was posted to www.ArchboldBuckeye.com, Friday, Sept. 29, 12:25 pm.
The Archbold boys golf team finished second for the second straight year at the Division II sectional tournament at Detwiler Park, Toledo, Thursday, Sept. 28.
Toledo Central Catholic defended its title, winning with a team score of 317.
Archbold finished second, one stroke behind with a team score of 318. Genoa took third with 334.
The top three teams and four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the district meet, Thursday, Oct. 5, at Red Hawk.
The top two teams and two individuals not on a qualifying team at Red Hawk will advance to the state championships, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14, at the Sunbury Golf Course.
Individually, Mitch Grosjean tied for second place, shooting a 75. Kade Kern shot a 79 and finished fifth, while Brandon Miller tied for seventh with an 81.
Trevor Rupp tied for ninth with an 83, and A.J. Mahnke tied for 12th with an 84.
“We didn’t exactly play our best as a whole, but it was good enough,” said Mike Rosebrook, AHS head coach.
“As much as I know we all wanted to win it, I told the guys it’s better to save our best round for the next tournament.
“I saw some swings that need a little adjustment and we have already hopefully corrected the issues.
“Brandon Miller and Trevor Rupp did their best to manage their game, even though they had a bit of a rough start. That is not easy to do, and I am really proud of how they handled the day.
“A.J. Mahnke turned in an 84 on the day, which I thought was a solid round. I know he can play better as well, and it’s only a matter of time before it’s his turn to score well.
“It makes a big difference having a fifth man who can shoot a usable score if someone else has a rough go. He is a valuable addition to the team.
“Kade Kern didn’t have his best stuff either, but showed an amazing amount of golf maturity through both course management decisions and relying on his short game skills. He chipped one in and made a couple extra putts to turn in a 79.
“When you’re not hitting it well, it’s really easy to lose focus and kind of rush through your chipping and putting routine. For him to do that as a sophomore shows how much of a competitor he is.
“Also, I know how hard he worked during the off- season, and it showed. He can pull off some shots that most people can only dream of.
“Mitch Grosjean has been locked on for about two weeks now. He was within one or two shots of medalist at the league championship as well as sectionals.
“His 75 at Detwiler was pretty amazing. He has a great swing, and it looked like a million bucks all day. He has been swinging well for about a month, but it’s his decision-making that got him to the next level of play.
“We have been talking about taking risks when you can afford to and avoiding unnecessary ones otherwise. Yeah, his swing is great, but it has been his intelligence that has set him apart lately.
“Mitch has really put it all together lately and the timing couldn’t be any better.
“As far as the district tournament goes, I have seen the other sectional scores and our sectional had the lowest.
“It feels good to know we had a less-than-average day and still shot a lower score. I still believe we are on the way to some of our best golf yet this season.”
Brandon Miller, an AHS senior, was named the Northwest Ohio Athletic League Golfer of the Year, while Mike Rosebrook, AHS coach, was named the NWOAL Coach of the Year for the third straight year.
The Streaks won their third straight NWOAL title, and Miller finished as the top individual golfer in the NWOAL with 106 points. Bryan’s Peyton Lamberson was second with 104.
Also garnering First Team honors from Archbold were Trevor Rupp, a senior, and Mitch Grosjean, a junior.
Kade Kern, a sophomore, was named Second Team All-NWOAL.
A.J. Mahnke and Kreighton Sims, juniors, received honorable mentions.
The AHS girls team finished 10th in the Div. II sectional at Country Acres.
Josee Grime placed 55th, shooting a 140. Erika Wyse was 58th with a 150; Emma Dowdy, 59th, 156; and Andee Grime, 61st, 165.
The Streaks finished with a team score of 611. Hicksville won with a team score of 405. Also advancing to the district meet were Tinora, who was second with 410, and Otsego, who was third with 421.