Grove City looking to outplay seeding
Robbie Hill of the Greyhounds follows a chip shot during the third round of the OCC-Ohio tournament on Sept. 5. Buy This Photo
The Grove City High School boys golf team isn't projected to finish high enough in the Division I sectional tournament Tuesday, Oct. 2, at The Players Club at Foxfire to qualify for district Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team from each sectional advance to district, and the 21st-seeded Greyhounds will be the sixth-highest seeded squad in their sectional behind Dublin Jerome (first), New Albany (fourth), Teays Valley (ninth), Olentangy (13th) and Westerville Central (14th).
Also in the field are Westerville South (22nd), Reynoldsburg (25th), Dublin Scioto (26th), Central Crossing (31st), Delaware (34th), Whetstone (38th) and Canal Winchester (39th).
Senior Andrew Ray isn't ready to count his team out, though, especially after the Greyhounds shot a 318 to finish third of seven teams in the second round of the OCC-Ohio Division tournament Aug. 21 at The Players Club behind champion Pickerington North (289).
"Most people think Players Club is the toughest of the three sectional courses, but we like it because we've played there a lot over the years and we feel comfortable there," Ray said. "We shot our best score of this season there, so we know we can play well at Players Club."
Last year, the Greyhounds shot a 355 to place eighth of 11 teams in the Division I sectional at The Players Club behind district-qualifiers Jerome (300), New Albany (316), Westerville Central (329) and Pickerington North (331).
Grove City last qualified to district in 2007.
Expected to compete for Grove City at sectional are Ray, Gavin Gensler, Robbie Hill, Corey Owen and Jake Faught.
"If we shoot a 318 there again I'll be very happy, because in past years that score is good enough to get you out," coach Eric Joreski said. "We're still searching for consistency because we've played very well in some tournaments and we've struggled in others. If we play to our ability at sectional, I feel confident that we can post a good enough score to get through to district."
The Greyhounds placed fourth in the OCC-Ohio standings with a 12-12 record in league play. They finished behind Pickerington North (24-0), Lancaster (18-6) and Gahanna (17-7) and ahead of Reynoldsburg (9-15) and Newark and Pickerington Central (2-22 each).
"We did all right in the OCC," Ray said. "We could have done better, but we did OK overall."