The Granville High School boys golf team will tee off in its first Division I postseason tournament at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The Granville High School boys golf team will tee off in its first Division I postseason tournament at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4.

At least the Blue Aces will have the comfort of their home course when they compete in a sectional at Granville Golf Course.

"There isn't much of a difference from our regular season, where we played many of the better Division I teams in tournaments," first-year coach Marvin Bright said. "The one difference is the number of good teams in the district in Division I is much higher. Division II has some good teams, just not as many. In Division II, we could afford to have one guy make a few bad shots or have an off day. In Division I, we won't be able to have any slipups because it's a bigger field of good teams."

The Blue Aces are seeded ninth in the district. Other seeded teams in their sectional are No. 3 Upper Arlington and No. 4 St. Charles. Other teams with good traditions that were not seeded include Mount Vernon and Watkins Memorial.

The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advance to district Oct. 11 at Apple Valley.

"The Central District in Division I is pretty loaded and I think one of the strongest districts in the state," Bright said. "All you have to do is look at the number of state championships these teams have won. Look at St. Charles, Upper Arlington, Dublin Jerome, Dublin Coffman. We have to step up and shoot good scores."

That is something Granville has done lately, as the Blue Aces won the Granville Invitational with a 308 on Sept. 24 as Dublin Jerome B was second with a 326. They shot a 310 in the MSL-Ohio Division postseason tournament at Clover Valley to beat second-place Newark Catholic by 14 shots and win their fifth consecutive league championship.

Nick Contini has a 75 average to lead the Blue Aces, followed by Jimmy Wolfe (77.4), Brennan Anderson (78.7) and Ethan Schmidt (84.8).

Kosta Morris, Jack Breymaier and Matt Karecher were competing to fill out the sectional lineup, which wasn't expected to be determined until Oct. 1.

"I like the trend we're on because we've been shooting around 310 lately after a stretch where we were in the 315-320 range," Bright said. "The approach we've come up with for the postseason is that we're good and we know it. Now we've just got to go play to our ability and we'll be fine."

•The postseason tournaments began Sept. 27 for Division II and Division III boys golf teams.

Newark Catholic, which finished second behind Granville in the final MSL-Ohio tournament as well as the overall standings, won the Division III sectional at Pine Hill.

The Green Wave (329) advanced to district Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Pickaway Country Club. Also advancing was runner-up Mount Gilead, which won a tiebreaker with Worthington Christian after both teams shot 338.

For the Green Wave, Will Nodo and Stephen Stein both shot 81. Nick Mercer (83) and David Meurer (84) also scored.

In Division II, Johnstown (363) finished third behind Watterson (333) and Hartley (347) in the sectional at The Players Club at Foxfire. The top three teams advanced to district Monday, Oct. 3, at River Greens. Licking Valley (371) was fourth, Heath (376) was seventh and Northridge was eighth (390) in the 12-team field.

Heath sophomore Derek Hamm shot 82 and was the third and final individual district qualifier from The Players Club. It will be his second trip to district after he shot 86 last season at Cumberland Trail.

"Derek is so close to having one of those breakout rounds," Heath coach Mike Saalfield said. "If he continues to play this way, he will have it. He's been driving the ball well, but he missed six birdie putts. He's close to turning that 80 round into a 74."

For Johnstown, Derek Hastings shot an 81 and was followed by Jakob Cramer and Chris Bailey, both of whom shot 90. Ryan Michel and Paul Michel both had 102.

In a Division II sectional at Granville, Bexley (325), DeSales (326) and Ready (346) took the top three spots to advance. Lakewood (348) was fourth and Utica (389) was eighth.

Lakewood will be represented at district by Cole Guyer (80) and Trent Ghiloni (85), who earned the first and third individual qualifying berths, respectively.

•In girls golf, top-seeded Granville finished third in its Division II sectional at Foxfire on Sept. 28 to advance to district Wednesday, Oct. 5, at River Greens. Renata Sucha (92) led the Blue Aces, who shot 398 to finish behind Bexley (371) and Columbus School for Girls (386) as the top five teams and top five individuals not on a qualifying team advanced.

Also scoring for Granville were Amy Greenwood (94), Megan Howe (100) and Alaina McPherson (112).

Also competing in the 15-team sectional were Licking Valley (seventh, 450), Johnstown (ninth, 473), Newark Catholic (10th, 475), Lakewood (11th, 483) and Heath (12th, 494).

Johnstown's Taylor Ross shot an 85 to advance as an individual.

In Division I, Watkins Memorial will compete Tuesday, Oct. 4, in a sectional at Raymond Memorial. Competing as an individual that day, Licking Heights' Kait Dunbrack is in a sectional at Oakhaven. The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to district Oct. 11 at Bent Tree.