The Upper Arlington High School boys golf team experienced the ups and downs of the sport during the two-day Division I state tournament last weekend on Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

The Upper Arlington High School boys golf team experienced the ups and downs of the sport during the two-day Division I state tournament last weekend on Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

In the opening round Oct. 21, the Golden Bears put themselves in position to compete for the championship by turning in a 309, which was second to Dublin Jerome (308). Their score was boosted by a hole-in-one by freshman Justin Wick on No. 13.

Things didn't go as smoothly in the final round Oct. 22, as UA recorded the eighth-best score (320) and settled for a third-place overall finish with a 629.

Jerome was seven strokes worse (315) but held on to win the title with a 623 and Centerville finished second (626). Dublin Coffman was fourth (636).

"I think it's golf," UA coach Ron Mautz said. "You have your good days and your bad days. We just didn't putt very well (during the final round). There was no magic going. We shot our worst day of the year on our last day of the year. That's probably not a good thing to do."

Wick was in contention for medalist honors after shooting a 72 in the opening round but stumbled to an 85 in the final round. His 157 was good for a 12th-place tie with St. Charles' Nate Yankovich, Centerville's Caleb Wolters and Medina's Patrick Luth.

Stow-Munroe Falls' Ian Holt and Cleveland St. Ignatius' Beau Titsworth were co-medalists with 150s, and Jerome's Chad Merzbacher (151) and Mert Selamet (152) and Cincinnati Elder's Daniel Schwarz (152) also made first-team all-state. Wick missed second-team all-state by two strokes.

"The hole-in-one was awesome," Wick said of his 185-yard shot. "I was in shock for a couple seconds afterwards. I saw my teammate, Kyle (Kellogg), hold his hands up and I knew it was in.

"We had 15 three-putts as a team and that never helps. Going into the last day of state we were in a good place, but the pressure got us. I had five three-putts and a four-putt."

Also competing for UA were juniors Will Mason (159), Kellogg (159) and Josh Wick (160) and senior Ryan Kahle (164).

Mason followed a round of 85 on Oct. 21 with a 74 the next day. He and Kellogg each were among six players who shot 159 to tie for 21st.

UA placed second in the OCC-Central Division at 25-3 behind Coffman (27-1) and ahead of Hilliard Davidson (20-8), Thomas Worthington (16-12), Worthington Kilbourne (11-17), Hilliard Darby (9-19), Central Crossing (4-24) and Westland (0-28).

The Bears began the postseason by shooting 298 to win the 14-team sectional Oct. 4 at Granville Golf Course. Kellogg earned medalist honors with a 71, followed by Kahle (75), Mason (75), Josh Wick (77) and Justin Wick (80).

In the district tournament Oct. 11 at Apple Valley, UA carded 297 to finish second behind Jerome (296) and ahead of Coffman (299). Justin Wick led with a 72, followed by Kellogg (73), Josh Wick (75), Mason (77) and Kahle (81).

"It's definitely beneficial to have most of us coming back," Kellogg said. "This was a good learning experience. I learned that every stroke counts and if you're not having a good day, just stay focused and keep at it because we'll need you."

•Senior Jackie Hobson represented the girls team in the Division I state tournament Oct. 21 and 22 on Ohio State's Gray Course.

In her third state appearance, Hobson shot 86 in both rounds for a 172 that placed her 48th of 72 participants.

Hobson competed at state in her freshman and sophomore seasons when the Bears advanced as a team.

"I just felt lucky to be a part of this tournament my senior year," Hobson said. "I'm disappointed in the way I played. It wasn't the way I wanted my season to end. I switched drivers the night before the first round and I struggled with hitting the ball on the first day. (In the final round) my front nine was abysmal, but I finished well."

The Bears tied Watkins Memorial for third (18-10) in the OCC-Ohio behind Gahanna (27-1) and Pickerington North (25-3) and ahead of Davidson (11-17), Thomas (9-19), Lancaster (4-24) and Darby (0-28).

In the Division I sectional Oct. 4 at The Links at Groveport, UA was second (375) behind Pickerington North (354). Junior Hannah Harper led with a 90, followed by Hobson (93), junior Katie Hosket and sophomore Leah Mills (96) and junior Carly Starkey (105).

The Bears placed sixth (360) in the nine-team district tournament Oct. 11 at Bent Tree as Hobson shot 77, followed by Hosket (93), Harper and Mills (95) and Starkey (101).

"(Hobson) pulled it together after a few bad holes and was consistent (at state)," coach Kristi Ghidotti said. "With only two players coming out of central Ohio and her being one of them, we're proud to have her representing UA. She really did hold it together."