The Columbus Academy boys golf team continued its pursuit of a second consecutive Division II state championship by winning the district title Oct. 3 at Denison Golf Club.

The Vikings shot a 304 to finish first of six teams, ahead of Bexley (309), Hartley (323), Jonathan Alder (326), Northridge (328) and Marion Pleasant (341), and earn the lone qualifying spot for the state tournament Oct. 12 and 13 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.

“This was one of our goals, to get back here,” Academy coach Craig Yakscoe said. “Our ultimate goal is next weekend (at state), but you can’t look past this one. This is the tight one. It was a great day all together. It was tight all the way through and it came down to the last few holes, the back nine. Our kids stayed nice and steady and even and played very well.”

Bexley’s Trevor Binau earned the lone individual state berth by winning a three-hole, four-player playoff. He parred the third extra hole to edge teammate Tyler Roberts, Hartley’s Andrew Inthavongsone and Northridge’s Jarrod Teeter. All four shot a 75 in regulation.

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“It wasn’t my best golf day,” Binau said. “I really just had to grind through the entire round. I didn’t make a birdie the whole day. But in the end, I just found a way to get it done in that four-man playoff.”

Ali Khan led Academy with a 72 to earn medalist honors. Also for the Vikings, Kahmar Byers and Matthew Cammeyer both shot a 77, Griffin Mitchell carded a 78 and Russell Ahmed shot an 80.

Last season, the Vikings won their eighth state title, shooting a 596 to finish 10 strokes ahead of runner-up Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (606).

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