By the slimmest of margins, the Wellington School boys golf team is headed to the Division III state tournament.
In the six-team district tournament Oct. 3 at Denison Golf Club, the Jaguars shot a 295 to edge defending state champion Worthington Christian (296) for the championship and lone qualifying berth for the state tournament Oct. 12 and 13 at NorthStar.
Wellington will be making its first state appearance since 2014 and eighth overall.
“We’ve been close with Worthington Christian all year and have a couple days where we’ve been fantastic and beat them by more than just a couple (strokes), but for the most part, it’s been one or two (strokes) here or there,” Jaguars coach Craig Mosier said. “We knew it was going to be tight today.”
Worthington Christian’s Tyler Jones earned medalist honors and the lone individual state berth by shooting a 68. He was first-team all-state last season.
“I hit the ball really well today and was solid,” Jones said. “A 296 wasn’t good enough to get out, but we played our hearts out so we can’t really be too disappointed.”More video
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Jack Doody, one of three golfers to shoot 71, led the Jaguars, followed by Aidan Schumer (74), Carsten Judge (75), Garrett Thesing (75) and Jay Briggs (80).
Also for Worthington Christian, Will Evans carded a 71, followed by Ben Evans (78), Blake Lawson (79) and Noah Elliott (79).
Competing as individuals were Grandview’s Aaron Cincione (81) and Delaware Christian’s Nathan Stewart (86).