Paced by a record opening round, the Dublin Jerome High School boys golf team left Ohio State’s Scarlet Course on Oct. 21 with the seventh state championship in program history.
The Celtics shot a 295 on Oct. 20 to set a single-round record in the Division I state tournament and followed with a 312 in the second round to finish with a course-record 607 for Division I.
Olentangy Liberty, the only other central Ohio team in the 12-team field, shot a 308 in both rounds for a total of 616 to earn the runner-up trophy. Green (628) was third, while Cincinnati St. Xavier (629) and Boardman (630) rounded out the top five.
“They rose to the challenge, and it’s awesome,” Jerome coach Taylor Harle said. “I’m proud that they were able to pull through.”
Jerome’s Blake Solomon was leading the 72-player field with a 71 after the opening round and followed with a 76 on Oct. 21 to tie Liberty’s Trey Rath for runner-up with a 147. Green’s Maxwell Moldovan (144) was medalist.
Making second-team all-state for the Celtics was Jackson Chandler, who placed sixth (150).
Also competing for Jerome were Mason Wagner (tied for 11th, 153), Davis Root (tied for 20th, 157) and Ethan Snyder (tied for 44th, 168).
Rath shot 74 in the opening round and followed with a 73 to lead the Patriots, who got to within four strokes of the lead in the second round before Jerome pulled away.
Also competing for Liberty were Cole Corder (tied for 15th, 154), Grant Smeltzer (tied for 17th, 156), Jacob Hickman (tied for 27th, 160) and Josh Steyer (tied for 39th, 166).
“Coming in, honestly, we figured we could finish in the top three,” Patriots coach Ryan Snivley said.
Competing individually were Central Crossing’s Caleb Davern, who placed fourth (148) to make first-team all-state along with Rath and Solomon, and Thomas Worthington’s David LaLonde, who finished 55th (172).