Although no player from the Delaware Hayes High School boys golf team participated in the Division I district tournament, coach Mike Nesselroad said the season was rewarding.

Although no player from the Delaware Hayes High School boys golf team participated in the Division I district tournament, coach Mike Nesselroad said the season was rewarding.

The Pacers dedicated the season to Chris Wasielewski, a former volunteer coach for the middle school team.

Wasielewski, who was the first coach for many of the team's six seniors, was in an automobile accident on Route 42 on May 4. His 6-year-old son, Adam, died a month later as a result of the crash.

"It was a sad, terrible situation and our captain, Kenton Ellis, decided to dedicate this season to him," Nesselroad said. "We may not have had a terrific season, but the kids tried their best and played their hardest for Chris. They realized how much he loved golfing, and they saw that it can be taken away in a hurry.

"Middle school coaches get very little credit and don't get paid and they're our lifeblood. Chris was our coach for three years and made maybe $12,000 to $15,000 for the program. Bob Morris stepped in and did a good job this season."

Ellis nearly advanced to the district tournament, falling one shot short of being in a playoff for the final qualifying spot as an individual. He shot an 83 in the sectional at The Players Club on Oct. 5, as Grove City's Austin Brady (82) earned the third and final berth.

The Pacers finished sixth in the 13-team sectional with a 349, behind champion Dublin Jerome (306), district-qualifiers Pickerington North (319) and Mount Vernon (320), as well as Hilliard Darby (331) and Canal Winchester (345).

Joining Ellis in the all-senior sectional lineup were Christian Rupp (85), Brandon Johnson (88), Jackson Coolahan (93) and Will Wright (97).

Delaware finished fifth in the OCC-Capital Division at 8-16 to finish behind New Albany (23-1), Mount Vernon (19-5), Watkins Memorial (18-6) and Olentangy Orange (9-15) and ahead of Hilliard Bradley (6-18) and Big Walnut (1-23). Franklin Heights did not field a complete team.

New Albany was not one of the three league teams to qualify for the district tournament. Those were Mount Vernon, Watkins Memorial and Bradley. This is the second year in a row that Bradley qualified for district with a sub-par league record. Last season, the Jaguars did not win a league match, but shot 35 strokes lower than their team average on a cold, rainy day at sectional.

Rupp was second-team all-league with an average of 81.8 strokes in the four league rounds. Coolahan (83.5) was honorable mention. Johnson averaged 87.0 and Ellis averaged 88.3.

Delaware was fourth with a 325 in the last round of league play Sept. 15 at Darby Creek, after struggling with a 348 to finish sixth in the third round Sept. 1 at Granville Golf Course. The Pacers were fourth with a 343 in the second round Aug. 16 at Apple Valley after placing sixth with a 349 in the opening round Aug. 11 at Players Club.

Delaware won the seven-team Fidelity Federal Loans and Savings Cup Aug. 12 at Oakhaven with a 336. The Pacers' other highlight was a runner-up finish in the eight-team Marion Harding Invitational on Sept. 17, as they shot a 337 to finish behind Buckeye Valley (318).