There was just one team and one individual representing central Ohio at the Division III state high school boys golf tournament, but that didn’t keep the area from having the biggest celebrations Oct. 13 at NorthStar.
Wellington captured its second state championship, while Worthington Christian senior Tyler Jones earned the individual state title.
The Jaguars shot a 315 in the final round to finish with a two-round total of 610, seven strokes better than runner-up Brookfield (617) in the 12-team field. Canton Central Catholic (664) was a distant third.
Wellington shot a 295 — setting the Division III single-round state record — in the first round Oct. 12 and held a 14-stroke lead over Brookfield entering the final round.
“We’re thrilled that we won,” said Jaguars coach Craig Mosier, whose team also captured the state title in 2011. “It’s a two-day tournament for a reason. We didn’t start out playing Wellington golf (during the final round). We were tight. But our back nine was much better and on our last few holes, we played great.”
Jones, who helped Worthington Christian win the team title last season at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course, carded a 75 in the opening round and was three strokes off the lead entering the final round.
However, he turned in the lowest score of the second round (70) for a two-round total of 145 to finish first of 72 golfers. Brookfield’s Conner Stevens was runner-up with a 147.
“It’s kind of hard to put it into words,” Jones said. “It’ll probably hit me later that I actually did it. I birdied the first two holes (in the final round), so I felt really good and I played really well. I doubled (No.) 7, but I birdied (No.) 9 so I shot 35-35 and played really well all day.”More video
•Worthington Christian's Tyler Jones
Wellington was led by junior Aidan Schumer, who finished with a 149 to place third, and junior Garrett Thesing, who carded a 151 to tie for fifth. Both earned first-team all-state honors along with Jones.
Sophomore Carsten Judge shot a 152 to place seventh and senior Jack Doody carded a 158 to tie for 10th. Both made second-team all-state.
Also competing for the Jaguars was senior Jay Briggs (172).
“It’s kind of soaking in now,” Schumer said. “I’m starting to get a little emotional. It was a tough day out here and I felt like we handled the pressure really well.”