John Catanzarite got a third chance and made the most of it, winning a three-hole playoff to advance from a Division I sectional Oct. 2 at Darby Creek to the district tournament Oct. 9 at Apple Valley, where he represented the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys golf team.
The senior had a chance to make things much easier on himself, but a double-bogey on No. 18 left him with a round of 76 and put him in a four-player playoff to determine the final three individual district qualifiers.
On the first playoff hole, Grove City's Jeremiah Bane and Ian Johnston both shot par on No. 10, while Catanzarite and Hilliard Bradley's Michael Chapman both had bogey.
"I had a decent drive and was expecting to make birdie, but things didn't work out and Michael is my buddy and we both wanted to qualify together," Catanzarite said. "So we're walking to No. 11 and I gave him a hug and said, 'It's me or you, dude.' I nearly chipped in for birdie, but we both parred the hole."
So they forged ahead to No. 18, the third playoff hole.
"I doubled (No.) 18 earlier when I hit it into the water and I told myself don't do that again. But I did," Catanzarite said. "I thought Michael had a good drive and would probably par, but he had a bad lie and hit his next shot into some trees. I eventually was putting for bogey from 25 feet and he was putting for bogey from 60 feet. He left about two feet for a double (bogey) and my thought was I at least needed to be close for a double, but I drained it. It was the most exhilarating moment in my four years in high school."
Catanzarite, a three-time district qualifier, felt he should've secured a district berth in regulation.
"I still don't know what happened out there. I didn't play horrible," he said. "(In regulation) I chipped in for eagle on No. 10 after a double-bogey on No. 9, but I kind of scraped around on the back side. I thought I was going to make it in easily and I went to 18 and had that double-bogey."
The Wolves finished sixth of 13 teams at sectional with a 319, as Dublin Coffman (300), St. Chares (302), Westerville Central (311) and Upper Arlington (315) advanced to district.
At district, the top two individuals not on one of the two qualifying teams advanced to state Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Also competing at sectional for the Wolves were Evan Fisher (79), Mark Towns (80), Garrett Meeks (84) and Isaac Henry (84).
"It was our second-best score of the season," coach Gavin Meeks said. "We had a 317 at Hiawatha (in the Kent Miller Invitational on Aug. 18). This was our best sectional in a long time, but the back nine hurt us. We don't always have a chance to get to district, so we wish we could've closed it out. Every one of them knows they could've found a spot to cut two or three shots here or there in their round."
Girls volleyball team seeks league title
The girls volleyball team took a big step toward defending its OCC-Cardinal Division title by beating visiting Dublin Scioto 25-17, 28-26, 25-14 on Oct. 2 and Delaware 25-18, 25-13, 25-21 on Oct. 4.
Kilbourne was 17-3 overall and 11-1 in the league before playing Olentangy Berlin on Oct. 9. The Wolves close the regular season Thursday, Oct. 11, with a league match at home against Thomas.
Kilbourne beat the Cardinals 25-22, 25-14, 25-20 on Sept. 13.
Scioto was 10-2 in the league entering the week.
With their win over the Irish, the Wolves avenged a 14-25, 21-25, 25-19, 26-24, 15-11 loss at Scioto on Aug. 29.
Kilbourne is seeded fifth in the Division I district tournament and will play host to 48th-seeded Mifflin in the first round Tuesday, Oct. 16. The winner plays 46th-seeded Westland in the second round Oct. 18 at the home of the better seed.
Field hockey team preps for tourney
The field hockey team was 10-2-2 overall and 6-1 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-East Division before playing Lancaster on Oct. 10 to close the regular season.
The Wolves were second in the COFHL-East behind Columbus Academy (8-0).
Kilbourne defeated Olentangy Liberty 4-3 on Sept. 29, Olentangy 6-1 on Oct. 1 and Granville 1-0 on Oct. 4 before losing to Thomas 4-1 on Oct. 8.
Leighanne Jordan scored against Thomas.
The Wolves are seeded third in the district tournament and will play host to 14th-seeded Columbus School for Girls in the first round Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Season concludes for girls golfers
The girls golf team finished 11th in a Division I sectional Oct. 2 at Mentel Memorial to end the season.
The Wolves shot a 469 to place last as UA (319), Coffman (333) and DeSales (372) advanced to district Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
Senior Trixie Abbott led Kilbourne with a 94, followed by senior Jenna Mains (110) and sophomores Cassidy Oyer (130) and Hannah Kramer (135).
Season ends for girls tennis team
No members of the girls tennis team finished in the top four in singles or doubles in a Division I sectional Oct. 5 and 6 at UA to advance to district, which is Thursday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at Reynoldsburg.
In singles, freshman Ellie Needleman beat Groveport's Kelsea Caldwell 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the first round before losing to Olentangy's Nour Khayat 6-0, 6-0, junior Elisa Elliott lost to Anyce Sewell of Westerville North 6-4, 6-2 in the first round and freshman Eva Bomsta lost to North's Kayla Cochrane 6-3, 6-2 in the first round.
In doubles, senior Chloe Howard and junior Hannah Lindaman lost to Lancaster's Cara Falvo and Emi Reindle 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round and junior Libby Costello and sophomore Rhea Taneja lost to Coffman's Lena Caruso and Ria Singhal 6-0, 6-1 in the first round.
Below are the coming schedules for the Kilbourne boys soccer and girls soccer teams:
Oct. 11 -- Home vs. Mount Vernon
Oct. 17 -- Home vs. 36th-seeded Mifflin in first round of Division I district tournament. The Wolves are seeded seventh.
Oct. 15 -- Home vs. 38th-seeded Mount Vernon in first round of Division I district tournament. The Wolves are seeded 22nd.