Barnesville, Harrison Central advance in Prep Golf
Martins Ferry’s Krol also punches ticket to D2 district golf tournament
CADIZ — Two area teams and an individual have extended their golf seasons by at least one week in Division II
Barnesville and Harrison Central advanced to the Eastern District Tournament, which is slated for Sept. 30 at EagleSticks Golf Course near Zanesville, thanks to strong showings at the sectional Monday afternoon at the challenging Cadiz Country Club, which was made even tougher with winds and even slight drizzle for portions of the round.
The Shamrocks — winners of the OVAC and OVGL already this season — made program history by claiming the first sectional golf title with a score of 327. Harrison Central, which won the OVAC Class 4A and Buckeye 8, finished 15 shots back.
Martins Ferry junior Luke Krol, who has had a brilliant season, is headed back to the district tournament. He finished a shot out of medalist honors with a solid round of 79.
Barnesville, like it has all season, got strong play from its entire cast on hand and responded to the challenge that head coach Jerry Robinson laid out before them.
“We knew top four advanced (to the district), but we went in with the mindset to win,” Robinson said. “With the weather the way it was, about midway through the match, I told the kids an 80 would be a solid score and they came through.”
The Shamrocks had nary a score about 85 in the four that they counted. Senior Payne Johnson signed for a solid 79 to lead the way once again.
Classmate Jim Byler was solid with an 81, while sophomore Carter Wells posted a round of 82. Dryden Bauman finished with an 85.
“After the match, I told the kids I was pleased with the sectional championship, but we have bigger goals ahead,” Robinson said.
Harrison Central, meanwhile, finished with a solid 342 in the event, which was staged on its home course.
The Huskies played solidly throughout, too. Senior Cruz Capers led the way with a round of 79. He was six shots better than classmate Sam Samtille and seven lower than Jory Marvin. Nick Coffland rounded out the scorers with a 92.
“We had another day where our consistency one through five showed through,” Huskies head coach Todd Dunlap said. “The course was not playing very easy today, so we will take the score and get ready for next week. This is our third straight trip to the district and it’s all a credit to this group, which started early in the seventh grade. They’re not reaping the rewards.”
Krol, who owns the area trifecta with the Buckeye 8, OVAC and OVGL medalist honors on his resume, posted a round of 79 to grab one of the four individual spots.
Other individual qualifiers were Beaver’s Luke Eyster, Edison’s Andrew Pugh and Indian Creek’s Justice Morris.