With five holes remaining for the Dublin Jerome High School boys golf team in the Division I state tournament, it became obvious to the Celtics that they were no longer in range to catch St. Charles or Cleveland St. Ignatius, who were battling for first place.

With five holes remaining for the Dublin Jerome High School boys golf team in the Division I state tournament, it became obvious to the Celtics that they were no longer in range to catch St. Charles or Cleveland St. Ignatius, who were battling for first place.

Nevertheless, the Celtics maintained their focus and shot a 313 on the second day of competition to finish third (636) in the 12-team tournament behind St. Charles (610) and St. Ignatius (621).

"I'm proud of our guys, because they didn't hang their heads when they knew they weren't going to win," Jerome coach Matt Schneider said. "We heard that St. Charles was keeping their lead steady and that St. Ignatius was playing really well with about five holes to go, but our guys still played their best golf after that. That says a lot about their character and their determination to keep playing hard no matter the situation."

Junior Chad Merzbacher led Jerome by shooting a 152 to place fifth in the tournament, which was held last Friday and Saturday at Ohio State's Scarlet Course, and earn first-team all-Ohio honors.

St. Charles senior Michael Ricaurte shot a 144 to win the event.

After shooting a 79 the first day, Merzbacher bounced back to post a 73 last Saturday by going 2-under par on the last four holes.

"I played awful the first day, and I don't know why exactly," Merzbacher said.

"The last four holes here are tough, but I started hitting my irons and making putts, and I finished well."

Also competing for Jerome were senior Jared Howard (tied for 21st, 160), sophomore Mert Selamet (tied for 25th, 161), senior Scott Reed (tied for 30th, 163) and freshman Brady Bohl (tied for 60th, 174).

"Jared was 1-under over his last four holes, and we were 10 strokes better over the second day," Schneider said. "We finished eighth at state last year, so it's nice to jump up five spots."

Coffman finished fourth (648) at state for the second consecutive season.

"Our goal was to win, but we're still thrilled to finish fourth, because there are over 300 Division I teams in the state and there were 12 great teams competing here," coach David Woodmansee said.

"We didn't have our A game either day, but the kids kept fighting and scraped back in it. This was a great team effort, because we had different kids play well on different days."

Junior Thomas Schindler (tied for 13th, 158), senior Thomas Dunne (tied for 25th, 161), junior Satoshi Tanaka (tied for 30th, 163), senior Logan Holt (tied for 48th, 170) and junior Jack Sparling (tied for 54th, 172) competed for Coffman.

"We're a little disappointed we didn't win, but it's nice to know we're one of the best teams in the state," Holt said.

"Jack and Satoshi did a great job in their first time competing here."

Jerome's Mert Selamet shot an 80-81-161 to help the Celtics to a third-place finish at the Division I state golf tournament last Friday and Saturday at Ohio State's Scarlet Course. Jerome finished with a 636 to trail St. Charles (610) and Cleveland St. Ignatius (621).

Thomas Schindler shot an 81-77-158 as Coffman (648) finished fourth at the state tournament.