With a comfortable lead after the opening round of the Division III state tournament, the Worthington Christian High School boys golf team didn’t change its strategy during the final round Oct. 14 on Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.

Although the Warriors shot 11 strokes higher than on Oct. 13, they again posted the best score for the day and came away with their first state championship.

Worthington Christian followed an opening-round 306 with a 317 for a two-day total of 623 that was far ahead of runner-up Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (640) in the 12-team event.

“I felt really focused, wasn’t too nervous and just knew I had to win my group,” junior Tyler Jones said.

Jones followed a 75 in the opening round with a 77 for a two-day 152 that gave him a tie for fifth and first-team all-state honors. Columbiana’s Jared Wilson was medalist (141).

Will Evans shot 78 and 77 for a 155 that tied him for 10th and earned him second-team all-state.

Jake Hoheisel tied for 13th (156), Blake Lawson tied for 21st (160) and Cole Brooks tied for 32nd (168).

Worthington Christian was central Ohio’s only state representative.

“Our goal was to win today,” coach Zac Hess said. “We won both days. I can’t imagine having a better team weekend.”

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