The Reynoldsburg High School boys golf team expects the course at Granville to be difficult Wednesday when the Raiders play in a Division I sectional, and that's the reason they chose to go there.

The Reynoldsburg High School boys golf team expects the course at Granville to be difficult Wednesday when the Raiders play in a Division I sectional, and that's the reason they chose to go there.

They're entering with the mindset that it's not a low score that's going to advance a team or individual to the district tournament at Apple Valley Oct. 7 as much as it's dealing with the inevitable bad hole.

"Granville is not a place where typically there's a lot of lower numbers, especially with a younger team," coach Chris Rider said. "They know they don't have to go out and make a lot of birdies and shoot a super number. They know that par is a good score."

The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to district Oct. 7 at Apple Valley.

On Sept. 18, a day after the Raiders shot a 345 to finish fifth behind Pickerington North (301) in the last round of the OCC-Ohio Division tournament at Apple Valley, Rider projected the postseason lineup to be senior Nate McMaster and first-year varsity players Ryne Kitchen, Adam Gordon, Trevor Thompson, Nate Glusich and Tommy Glusich.

Those five helped the Raiders overcome injuries to finish fifth in the OCC-Ohio Division at 11-17 behind North (27-1), Pickerington Central (21-7), Gahanna (20-8) and Grove City (20-8).

Reynoldsburg played at Granville for the third round of the OCC-Ohio tournament Sept. 3 and shot a 356 as North (308) won.

North also will compete in the Granville sectional as well as Gahanna.

The Lions shot a 319 in the third round of the OCC-Ohio tournament, and Lancaster, which shot a 348. Reynoldsburg will share an 11 a.m. tee time with Marysville, Newark and Northland.

DeSales also will be there. The Stallions earned the final district spot last year despite their top four shooting the same score as Reynoldsburg's and Lancaster's top four. All three of those teams shot a 317, but DeSales advanced on its fifth scorer.

McMaster shot an 80 that day and it ate at him that he couldn't have done at least one stroke better.

"I remember we're all just sitting there, just looking around with blank stares thinking, 'What happened to us?'" McMaster said. "Then of course there's that, 'If I could have hit that one shot better ...' Everyone went through that, went back to five or six shots we could have easily taken away."

At the team's No. 1 golfer, McMaster is Reynoldsburg's best hope to be the first individual qualifier to the district tournament fsince Michael Banaski advanced in 2004.

Lancaster's Alex Clark took the final qualifying spot last year with a 78 after winning a playoff round that included Reynoldsburg graduate Nate Banaski.

Other teams also competing at Granville are Olentangy Liberty, St. Charles, Upper Arlington, Westerville South and Whetstone.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Reynoldsburg golf team:

Sept. 4 -- Finished third (172) behind Watkins Memorial (162) and Pickerington Central (163)

Sept. 11 -- Finished sixth (362) behind Dublin Coffman (318), Westerville Central (333), Thomas Worthington (337), Grove City (341) and Westerville North (344) at Little Turtle

Sept. 17 -- Finished fifth (345) behind champion Pickerington North (308) in fourth round of OCC-Ohio tournament at Apple Valley

Last Tuesday -- Played Gahanna

Last Wednesday -- Played Cincinnati Moeller and Westerville North

Saturday -- At Hilliard Invitational at Heritage

Wednesday -- At Division I sectional at Granville

Of note: The Raiders finished fifth at 11-17 in the OCC-Ohio.