Dublin Coffman High School boys golf coach David Woodmansee repeatedly insisted his team wouldn't be content with merely playing in the Division I state tournament, despite the fact the Shamrocks were making their first state appearance since placing fourth in 2003.

Dublin Coffman High School boys golf coach David Woodmansee repeatedly insisted his team wouldn't be content with merely playing in the Division I state tournament, despite the fact the Shamrocks were making their first state appearance since placing fourth in 2003.

The Shamrocks backed up their first-year coach's words by shooting a 322 last Saturday at Ohio State's Scarlet Course to place fourth of 12 teams, behind St. Charles (309), Cincinnati St. Xavier (313) and Cleveland St. Ignatius (315).

The first round last Friday was canceled because of bad weather.

"This is the first time any of us have been here before," Woodmansee said. "But our kids didn't just show up; they came here to try to win this, and I'm proud of their effort. We finished first in the first wave (of six teams) and we put up a respectable score that made the other teams play well to beat us."

Three weeks after breaking his right pinkie finger while playing touch football, junior Thomas Dunne shot a 6-over-par 78 to tie three others for 14th.

West Chester Lakota West's Korey Ward won the individual title with a 74.

Also scoring for Coffman were Zach Elkins (80, tied for 23rd), Logan Holt (81, tied for 25th), Thomas Schindler (83, tied for 41st) and Patrick Cavanaugh (86, tied for 56th).

"My pinkie felt fine and it didn't bother me at all," Dunne said. "I would have liked to have played better down the stretch, but I'm happy with how I played overall. Our bottom two (Schindler and Holt) played well and that helped our team score a lot. It was windy and a little cold (last Saturday), but the course was pretty playable, because there wasn't much rain."

Jerome finished eighth (330) behind the aforementioned teams as well as Toledo St. John's Jesuit (326), Cincinnati Moeller (327) and Centerville (329).

The Celtics won Division I state championships in 2005 and 2007 and captured the Division II state title in 2004. They finished second in Division I in 2006 behind Upper Arlington and shot a 655 to place second last year behind Cincinnati St. Xavier (653).

"If we had our way, we would have played 36 holes instead of 18, but there's nothing you can do about the weather," Celtics coach Matt Schneider said. "When our guys struggled, I noticed that they started to press a little bit and forced shots that they normally wouldn't go for. You can't do that on this course."

Senior Logan Jones led the Celtics, shooting a 77 to tie two others for 11th.

Also scoring for Jerome were Jared Howard (83, tied for 41st), Tyler Yaple (83, tied for 41st), Chad Merzbacher (87, tied for 61st) and Colin Hanner (91, 72nd).

"This was not a good day for any of us," Merzbacher said. "I couldn't have played any worse. I felt awkward, like I had to cram every shot in, because we had only one day to win the tournament, and it was a mistake on my part.

"We're all mad about this, but we've got a lot of good players coming back. Everyone on this team is going to work hard and get 10 shots better. Next year, we're going to come back here and win the state championship. I guarantee it."