Boys Golf | Division I State Tournament

Jerome, Sparling continue Dublin’s sparkling run at state

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Once again, Dublin can call itself the state capital of Division I boys golf.

Dublin Jerome High School won its third consecutive state championship Oct. 19 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course, and Dublin Coffman senior Nick Sparling won his second consecutive individual title.

Senior Brady Bohl shot a two-day total of 157 to pace the Celtics, followed by sophomores Adam Stephens (160) and Grant Lewis (161), freshman Jack Herceg (165) and junior J.D. Fletcher (166). Jerome shot a 641 as a team, five shots ahead of runner-up Pickerington North in the 12-team field.

“I’ve enjoyed every season, but this is the most fun I’ve had coaching a team just because of their youth,” Jerome coach Craig Zesiger said. “This was Adam Stephens’ first state tournament. It’s Jack’s first state tournament. It’s Grant’s first tournament and he led us here on the first day (shooting 79, as did Bohl and Stephens). Brady wasn’t flashy, but he was steady. It was his fourth time here. He knows what it takes to win.”

Sparling, who has committed to Ohio State, shot 1-under par 70 on Oct. 18 and bogeyed his first five holes Oct. 19 before playing even-par the rest of the way. He finished with a 146, four shots better than runner-up Jack Mancinotti of Toledo St. John’s.

“Other people put more pressure on me than I do on myself,” Sparling said. “I’d already won state once. I felt like I had nothing to lose.”

Sophomore Nick Montes shot a 154 on two rounds of 77 to lead Pickerington North. Senior Scot Sapp shot a 155, followed by seniors Alex Weiss (169), Zack Goodchild (173) and Andrew Ruehle (180). The Panthers were making their first appearance at state in the program’s 11th season.

“I really liked their strategy on the course (Oct. 19),” North coach Casey Milligan said. “They approached lots of situations better (than Oct. 18). I’m very pleased.”

Led by seniors Avery Schneider (167) and Jackson Moss (168), New Albany finished 10th (672).

Among area individual qualifiers, Delaware senior Eddie Godfrey tied for 28th (167) and St. Charles junior Eddie O’Brien tied for 44th (172) of 72 competitors.

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