Central Ohio dominated the Division II boys golf state tournament that concluded Oct. 13 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.
Columbus Academy earned its second consecutive state title and third in five years by finishing with a two-day total of 625. Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin placed second (634) in the 12-team field and Kettering Alter (660) was third.
“I don’t know if they really played the way they wanted to, but as a team, they played the way they needed to,” Academy coach Craig Yakscoe said. “They played for each other and with each other.”
Academy, which won its ninth state title overall, shot a 313 in the first round Oct. 12 to hold an 11-stroke lead over Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin. The Vikings scored a 312 in the final round, second only to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s 310.
In addition to Academy winning the team title, Bexley senior Trevor Binau earned his second individual state championship by placing first of 72 golfers with a 146.
“It feels great,” said Binau, who also won the state title as a sophomore in 2016. “I played really well and I’m glad I could get the job done.”More video
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Vikings junior Ali Khan and Ashtabula Edgewood’s Dylan Fitchet both shot a 154 to tie for second, while Academy junior Matthew Cammeyer tied for fourth with a 155. Binau, Khan and Cammeyer all earned first-team all-state honors.
Also competing for the Vikings were juniors Kahmar Byers (156) and Griffin Mitchell (160) and freshman Russell Ahmed (167). Byers made second-team all-state.
“I feel really good about this win, but I didn’t play as well as I wanted to,” Khan said. “We put our best round out there and we’re all happy with another state championship. It doesn’t feel as good as last year, but we’re still really happy about how we played.”
Last season, Academy trailed Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin by four strokes after the first round before rallying to win the state title by 10 strokes over the Lions.
With no seniors in the program, the Vikings already are looking ahead to next season.
“With this young team, I feel we’ll be able to play a lot better and set more records for the school and in the state,” Khan said.
Binau carded a 71 in the first round to hold a four-stroke lead over Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s Jack Sonne (75) and shot a 75 in the final round. Sonne carded an 82 in the second round to finish seventh with a 157.
“I think I’ve left a mark on Bexley golf the last four years,” Binau said. “We won the state in 2015 and then to be the medalist two times in three years feels really good.”
“Three (state appearances) in four years is incredible,” Bexley coach Jimmy Ryan said. “I’m really proud of him. Trevor is a fantastic kid. Nobody deserves it more.”