The Archbold High School boys golf team advanced to district competition for the first time since 1992, finishing second at the Division III sectional golf tournament at Auglaize Country Club, Thursday, Sept. 27.
The Streaks fell two strokes shy of tying Kalida for the championship. The Wildcats finished with a team score of 316; the Blue Streaks shot a 318. Delphos St. John’s was third with 322.
“We knew we were in the hunt, but had to wait for the last group off the back nine to figure out for sure,” said Kevin Miller, AHS coach. “We even had a shot at being first, and it was the last golfer for Kalida that determined it.
“If he would’ve come in two strokes less we would’ve tied them.”
Steven Kinsman was low man for AHS, shooting a 73. Tyson Bostelman and Jacob Nafziger shot 80s; Tyler Bernath, 85, and Micah Grime, 91.
“This is a great group of guys,” said Miller. “This has to be one of the best complete teams, because they’re all pretty solid golfers. Of the five, any of them can get in the 30s (on nine holes) every so often.
“Steven Kinsman definitely has been playing the best; he is definitely our number one in playing very solidly all year.
“Micah Grime has done a great job as the only senior on the varsity. He’s done a great job as a quiet leader. He’s been solid all year. He’s part of the reason we are where we are.
“I’m excited for the guys. They knew at the beginning of the season that we were dropping divisions, they knew we were going to be more competitive, and they’ve just been working at that throughout the season.
“A lot of them played in tournaments over the summer, and it’s paid off.”
The Div. III district tournament is Thursday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m. at Stone Ridge Golf Course, Bowling Green.
It will be the tenth time in AHS history the golf team has played in district competition.
“I’m going to tell them let’s just go and have fun,” said Miller. “They always do the best they can. I want them to try and stay relaxed and just have fun and enjoy it.”
Fun Facts: Members of the 1992 team that shot a 362 for third place at sectionals, and individual scores: Jason Wyse 83, Jeremy Grime 89, Brad Roynon 94, Aaron Baus 97, Marty Merillat 108.
Two individuals have advanced to state: Dave Plassman, 1981, and Mark Stevens, 1986.
AHS 163, Patrick Henry 173 Monday, Sept. 24
AHS: Kinsman 38, Bostelman 40, Andre Hurst 42, Bernath 43, Nafziger 43, Grime 46.
PHHS: Taylor Booth 41, Brent Coeke 42, Jeremy Tietje 45, Joe Wilhelm 45, Derrick DeWulf 46.
Tinora 162, AHS 169, Hicksville 186 Tuesday, Sept. 25
AHS: Kinsman 41, Bernath 42, Nafziger 42, Grime 44, Bostelman 44, Hurst 46.
THS: Scott Stafford 38, Jeff Taylor 40, Trey Meyer 41, Jacob Moser 43, Chase Griffiths 44, Justin Yackee 46.
HHS: Shane Hook 44, Chase Rodaker 46, Levi Guilford 47, John Kobee 49, Matt Applegate 50.- Mary Huber