Central Crossing High School golf coach Justin Prati calls senior Josh Diemer "an All-American boy."


Central Crossing High School golf coach Justin Prati calls senior Josh Diemer "an All-American boy."

Diemer not only is considered one of the top golfers on the team, he is also contributing as a kicker for the school's football team. When Diemer learned that football coach Rick Vaughn needed a kicker, he decided to help out and earned the kickoff duties in the second game.

"Josh does everything the right way," Prati said. "He's just a great kid. He would do anything I ask him to. He's very polite, yes or no sir. It comes from his family. He has a great family. They're very involved in his life and his brother's life. He has a very good life for a young kid."

Diemer enters today's match against Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne looking to take over the top spot in average. He's at 90.4 per 18-hold round, trailing Kory Inks (90.23) and Jordan Lockard (90.25).

The player with the top average is named Golfer of the Year.

"I've thought about the award, but I'm the type of person that's all for the team," Diemer said. "I'd like to win it, but it's not an individual sport as most people think golf is. At the high school level it's a team sport. I will do what's best for the team."

Diemer has played four years in high school, but is in his first full season on the varsity.

Diemer's 82 helped the Comets shoot a season-best 354 at the fourth round of the OCC-Central Division tournament Sept. 17 at Darby Creek. Central Crossing finished ahead of Westland (383) and behind first-place Hilliard Davidson (302).

Central Crossing enters today at 17-62 overall and finished 4-24 in the OCC-Central.

"It's been a long season, but that happens when you're put in a conference with two potential state championship teams in Upper Arlington and Dublin Coffman, and you could even throw Hilliard Davidson in there," Diemer said.

Diemer shot a season-best 80 on Aug. 28 at Oakhaven.

"He's not winning matches, but he's competing at a higher level," Prati said. "He can go low at times. He's a battler, he's a competitor."

Diemer is hoping to earn a qualifying spot in the district tournament during the Division I sectional Wednesday at Players Club. Prati expects defending state champion Dublin Jerome to be the team to beat.

The top four teams and top four players on a non-qualifying team will advance to district Oct.7 at Apple Valley.

•Grove City entered last Monday's match against Hilliard Darby and Lancaster looking to bounce back from disappointment.

The Greyhounds entered the fourth round of the OCC-Ohio tournament at Apple Valley in second place, but took fourth (340) behind first-place Pickerington North (301) and finished tied for third overall with Gahanna behind North and Pickerington Central.

Adam Mitchley led Grove City with an 84.

The Greyhounds finished 13th (352) of 14 teams at the Howlett Invitational at Worthington Hills last Saturday. Dublin Coffman was first (310). Matt Mandrell shot an 86 for the Greyhounds.

"In the game of golf you have your peaks and valleys, everybody does, I don't care if you're on the PGA Tour or not," coach Eric Joreski said.

"As a team we just kind of hit a little bit of a valley, but we talked about how we just have to keep working on improving everyday and getting to a peak when we hit Oct. 1 at sectional and having five guys shoot their best possible round at sectional."

Joreski also expects Jerome to be the team to beat.

"After that it's going to be a little bit of a toss-up," he said.

"There are probably seven or eight teams vying for three spots (at district)."