Coffman confident heading into sectional
The Dublin Coffman High School boys golf team has at least two reasons to feel good about its chances of winning the Division I sectional tournament on Tuesday, Oct 2, at Darby Creek.
First, the fifth-seeded Shamrocks are the highest seed that will be competing in the 14-team sectional. They will be competing against Olentangy Liberty (sixth), Lancaster (eighth), Hilliard Davidson (10th), Westerville North (11th), Marysville (16th), Big Walnut (17th), Hilliard Bradley (23rd), Buckeye Valley (24th), Pickerington Central (28th), Hilliard Darby (29th), Worthington Kilbourne (30th), Westland (37th) and Franklin Heights (40th).
Second, Coffman won the Darby Creek sectional each of the past four seasons, including last year when it shot a 296 to finish well ahead of runner-up Davidson (317).
The Shamrocks went on to qualify for state, where they shot a two-round total of 636 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course to place fourth behind Jerome (623), Centerville (626) and Upper Arlington (629).
"It made me happy that our guys wanted to play in the Darby Creek sectional again because we've played there a lot and Darby Creek has been good to us over the years," coach David Woodmansee said. "We've had a lot of success there, especially in sectional tournaments in the (four) years that I've been coach, and our guys feel comfortable there.
"But it's important to not get caught up in thinking about past success. The only thing we need to focus on is what we do this year, and we'll need to play well to win another sectional because a lot of good competition will be there."
The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the district tournament Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
Coffman is looking forward to competing against Liberty at sectional. When the teams competed on the course in the third round of the OCC-Central Division tournament Sept. 5, the Shamrocks finished third (304) behind UA (287) and Liberty (297).
"We certainly want to win another sectional title, but the only thing that matters is advancing to district," Woodmansee said. "Obviously, Liberty will be great competition because they beat us at Darby Creek in the OCC tournament. We'll need all five of our guys to give their best effort to make it through."
The Shamrocks' third-place showing in the third round of the OCC-Central tournament proved costly, as they went on to finish 24-4 in the final league standings, placing second to UA (27-1) to end their streak of league titles at three.
Liberty (21-7) finished third, followed by Thomas Worthington (13-15), Davidson (12-16), Marysville (11-17), Central Crossing (4-24) and Westland (0-28).
Nick Sparling was named OCC-Central Player of the Year after averaging 71.5 strokes over the four rounds. F.T. Roewer also was first-team all-league with a 78 average. Brian Truckly (80.3) and Brian Whitis (80.8) both were second-team all-league and Brennan Sirak (78) was honorable mention. Sirak was not eligible to finish higher than honorable mention because he did not compete in all four rounds.
"We wanted to win another OCC championship, but Upper Arlington is probably the deepest team in the state," Woodmansee said. "Upper Arlington's B team has beaten us, Jerome and Pickerington North this season, and that says a lot about the kind of depth they have."
The only two players on Coffman's team who competed at sectional last year were Truckly and Sparling, who carded a 76 and 79, respectively.
Celtics capture ninth OCC title in a row
Jerome shot a 285 to win the fourth round of the OCC-Cardinal tournament Sept. 19 at Darby Creek ahead of runner-up Westerville North (324). Mert Selamet carded a 3-under par 69 to earn medalist honors.
The Celtics finished the four-round tournament at 28-0 to win their ninth league title in their nine years of existence.
Westerville North (23-5) finished second in the OCC-Cardinal, followed by Westerville Central (21-7), Bradley (14-14), Westerville South (12-16), Darby (9-19), Kilbourne (4-24) and Scioto (1-27).
Selamet was OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year with a 70.8 average. Chad Howard (73.8), Brady Bohl (75.8), Michael Harris (76) and J.D. Fletcher (76.3) also made first-team all-league.
"We shot 3-under par as a team at Darby Creek for our best round in the OCC tournament this year, and that was a great way to go out," coach Craig Zesiger said. "Mert really wanted to be the OCC Player of the Year for the first time in his career and he did it in style with a 69. There are only five spots for first-team OCC, and I'm proud that each of our guys earned those spots."
Seeded second, Jerome begins defense of its state title in the sectional tournament Tuesday, Oct. 2, at The Players Club at Foxfire.
The Celtics have advanced to state each of their first eight seasons.
Also competing in the 13-team sectional are New Albany (fourth), Teays Valley (ninth), Olentangy (13th), Westerville Central (14th), Grove City (21st), Westerville South (22nd), Reynoldsburg (25th), Scioto (26th), Central Crossing (31st), Delaware (34th), Whetstone (38th) and Canal Winchester (39th).
Last year, Jerome shot a 300 to win the sectional at The Players Club as New Albany (316), Westerville Central (329) and Pickerington North (331) also advanced to district. Selamet shot a 2-under par 70 to earn medalist honors.
Also competing were 2012 graduate Chad Merzbacher (73), Harris (78), Howard (79) and Bohl (80).
The Celtics then shot a 296 to edge UA (297) and Coffman (299) for first at district, as Selamet shot a 72 to lead Jerome to its first district title since it won three in a row from 2006-08.
Bohl (74), Merzbacher (75), Howard (75) and Harris (81) also competed for the Celtics, who went on to win their fourth state championship.
"The goal is to win our sectional, and if we go and play our game, that's completely possible," Zesiger said. "New Albany is going to be our biggest competition for sure. Jack Carter is a big anchor for New Albany, and if he has a good day and the rest of their team gets hot, they will make it tough for us to defend our title, so we'll need to play well."