Considered the favorite heading into the Division III state tournament after recording the best district score among the 12 qualifiers, the Wellington School boys golf team didn’t have a letdown in the opening round Oct. 12 at NorthStar.

With four scores in the low- to mid-70s, the Jaguars shot a 295 — setting the Division III single-round state record — that leaves them in control heading into the final round Oct. 13. Second-place Brookfield (309) trails by 14 strokes, while Canton Central Catholic (334) is a distant third.

“We’ve just got to play our game,” junior Aidan Schumer said. “We’ve just got to play like it’s another practice round because all of us can make birdies and shoot low scores. It’s always exciting to be at the top of one of these tournaments.”

Schumer and junior Garrett Thesing each shot a 72 and share the overall lead, while sophomore Carsten Judge carded a 75 and senior Jack Doody shot a 76.

“It’s a really good round for us,” coach Craig Mosier said. “You win each day individually and you win the tournament. We’ll come out tomorrow and try to win tomorrow.”

Also in the mix for medalist honors is Worthington Christian’s Tyler Jones, who shot a 75 competing as an individual.

A first-team all-state honoree last season when the Warriors won the team championship, Jones began his day with a birdie and also birdied No. 15.

“I was even through 12 holes and had two (double bogeys) that cost me,” Jones said. “Other than that, I played really well. I’ll hopefully make a couple more birdies (in the final round) and a lot of pars like I did today and hopefully I’ll have a chance.”

Brookfield’s Justin Atkinson carded a 73 and is third overall, while teammates Conner Stevens and Anthony Clark each shot a 74 and are tied for fourth. Cincinnati Seven Hills’ Max Lane carded a 75 and is tied with Jones and Judge for sixth.

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