Some of the growing pains the Reynoldsburg High School boys golf team endured this fall began to yield dividends late in the season.

On Oct. 3 in a Division I sectional tournament at Turnberry, freshman Jamison Boykins shot a 79 that left him one stroke from advancing to a playoff with two other players for the final district berth for individuals.

Also, junior Trey Albert finished four strokes better than his average in OCC-Ohio Division play, carding an 82.

Reynoldsburg finished 10th (358) of 13 teams as Olentangy Liberty (304), Gahanna (308), Olentangy Orange (311) and Thomas Worthington (328) advanced to district.

That finish was five strokes better than when the Raiders shot a 363 during the fourth and final round of the league tournament Sept. 13 on the same course.

"We've seen a lot of improvement," coach Scott Walters said.

Boykins, who shot a 78 during the final round of the league tournament, made his presence felt despite being new to prep golf.

He ended up fourth in the OCC-Ohio with a 79.3 average to earn first-team all-league honors for finishing in the top six.

Boykins' best league round came Aug. 14 when he shot a 77 at Apple Valley to place fourth.

A regular at Blacklick Woods, Boykins hopes to continue taking steps forward in the offseason.

"I just played it in the right places and made some key putts (at sectional)," he said. "It was (a) pretty solid (season). I wanted to shoot in the mid- to high-70s as an average. I just want to work on my short game."

Reynoldsburg went 0-20 in the OCC-Ohio to finish behind Gahanna (17-3), Pickerington North (14-6), Grove City (13-7), Pickerington Central (12-8) and Lancaster (4-16).

During the round at Apple Valley, the Raiders shot a 351 to place one stroke behind Lancaster.

Walters was impressed with the improvements he saw from Boykins.

"He was just steady," Walters said. "As a freshman, he's not fazed by anything."

Also competing at sectional were senior Tanner Wooddell (93), sophomore Robbie Crawford (104) and junior Keean Durkin (115).

In league play, Albert averaged 86 and Wooddell averaged 93.5.

"Our second guy (Albert) was right there (at sectional), and he had a couple double-bogeys," Walters said. "Our (fourth) and (fifth) guys (Durkin and Crawford) showed a lot of improvement this year. They've been in the 40s (for nine holes) a couple times. Tanner is a talented athlete who swims and previously did football and soccer."

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