The Columbus Academy boys golf team earned its first state tournament berth since 2014 by edging Bexley to win the Division II district tournament Oct. 4 at Denison Golf Club at Granville.
The Vikings shot 302 to finish first of six teams, just ahead of Bexley (306), and advance to state Oct. 13 and 14 at NorthStar.
Hartley’s Trent Tipton earned the individual state berth, shooting 71 for medalist honors.
“That was the goal,” Academy coach Craig Yakscoe said of qualifying for state. “There are no guarantees in anything, no matter what sport. The kids have to compete and have to play. It’s a privilege and honor to make it, and then when they put in the work and the effort and they have that goal to get back here it’s extremely nice.”
Academy won the Division III state title in 2014.
The Vikings moved to Division II in 2015 and were edged by Bexley for a state berth the previous two seasons. Academy finished third (312) behind Bexley (310) in 2015 and second (312) behind the Lions (299) last season.
Bexley won the state title in 2015 and Trevor Binau was state medalist last season, shooting a 144 in the two-day tournament.
Sam Vogel led the Vikings at district, as the team’s No. 4 golfer finished with a 73, including a 34 on the back nine, despite battling a stomach virus. Ali Khan and Cole Walter each shot 75, Kahmar Byers had a 79 and Matthew Cammeyer shot 80.
Will Hoyer led Bexley with a 72, followed by Binau (75), Zander Kauffman (77), Micah Rubinstein (82) and Bo Collier (85).
Hartley (322), Jonathan Alder (335), DeSales (356) and Heath (358) rounded out the field.
It will be Tipton’s second consecutive state appearance. Last season, he finished second (149) behind Binau.
“It’s really exciting to get back,” Tipton said. “I’m excited for it and I hope it’s going to be a good weekend. There are a lot of solid kids here. This is the best district in the state. I don’t know if it does Bexley all that justice because they’re a really solid program. There’s a bunch of good kids that I played with today and they really pushed me as I pushed them.”