Senior Mert Selamet knew he needed to beat Centerville senior Caleb Wolters on the final hole of the Division I state tournament Oct. 20 for the Dublin Jerome High School boys golf team to finish first ahead of the Elks.

Senior Mert Selamet knew he needed to beat Centerville senior Caleb Wolters on the final hole of the Division I state tournament Oct. 20 for the Dublin Jerome High School boys golf team to finish first ahead of the Elks.

When Selamet missed a 5-foot putt for par on No. 18 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course, he heard his teammates and Jerome's fans let out a collective groan.

Selamet momentarily felt disheartened, but then regained his composure and sank his next putt to card a 5 on the par-4 hole.

"On 18, coach (Craig Zesiger) told me I would have to do something good for our team to have a chance to win, and my heart was beating so hard that I thought it was going to come out of my chest," Selamet said. "When I missed my first putt, I saw how deflated the crowd was and I almost started crying because I thought for sure that we were done."

But after Selamet finished with a bogey, the Celtics watched Wolters miss three consecutive putts en route to a quadruple bogey.

As a result, Jerome won the state title with a score of 630. The Celtics finished the two-day tournament one stroke ahead of Centerville, which would have won the fifth-score tiebreaker.

"I was a train wreck watching those last few holes because I knew we were down by two strokes with one hole to play and Centerville's such a good team," Zesiger said. "I thought Mert's putt was going in because I watched him make at least five of those for par earlier in the tournament. But all of our kids have that mentality that every stroke on every hole matters, and give Mert credit for coming back to make bogey."

Zesiger was quick to defend Wolters, who shot a 157 to tie for ninth, earn second-team all-state honors and keep his team in the hunt for the title.

"I'm in awe of what can transpire in 60 seconds on four putts," Zesiger said. "(Wolters) is a great player and it tore my heart out to see him melt down that way. But this is competitive golf and I'm sure that you could find shots that all of their guys would like to have back over the course of 631 shots. That last hole alone wasn't what won the tournament. It was just magnified because it happened at the very end. I just feel fortunate that we were able to win state once again."

The Celtics have won five state championships in nine years as a program.

Jerome also won Division I state titles in 2005, 2007 and 2011, and it captured the Division II state championship in 2004. The Celtics' boys and girls teams swept the Division I state titles in 2005, last year and this season; Jerome is the only school to accomplish that feat.

Selamet shot 153 (73-80) to finish fourth and earn first-team all-state honors.

Senior Chad Howard shot 157 (79-78) to tie Wolters for ninth and earn second-team all-state honors, and junior Brady Bohl shot 161 (75-86) to tie five other players for 12th.

Also competing for Jerome were sophomore J.D. Fletcher (tied for 22nd, 80-83-163) and senior Michael Harris (tied for 38th, 86-82-168).

The Celtics shot 307 the first day to take a four-stroke lead over Centerville, but the Elks shot 197 on the front nine Oct. 20 to take a four-stroke lead over Jerome.

"Centerville got off to a fast start (Oct. 20) and we leaked enough oil to put a scare in all of us, but we righted the ship in time to win," Zesiger said. "Chad Howard made up six strokes by himself on the back nine against the Centerville kid he was matched up against, and all five guys contributed to this win. All 19 guys in our program worked hard and did the right things all year and they all deserve credit for this championship. That just makes it all the more special."