Holding a five-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Division I state tournament, the Dublin Jerome High School boys golf team didn’t have any trouble putting distance between itself and the rest of the 12-team field on a blustery, cold day Oct. 20 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.
The Celtics followed their opening round of 316 on Oct. 19 with a 309 for a total of 625, finishing 25 strokes ahead of co-runners-up Cincinnati St. Xavier and Liberty Township Lakota East (both 650).
The state championship is Jerome’s eighth, including its second in a row.
“I think we were mentally prepared yesterday, but we started off slow and played some sloppy golf at the beginning,” Celtics coach Taylor Harle said. “The guys realized that other teams are not going to lay down and give it to us and we’ve got to earn it. We came out (today) and played well.”
Jerome was led by Jackson Chandler, who followed an opening-round 77 with a 72 for a total of 149 to share medalist honors with Green’s Maxwell Moldovan, who won the state title outright last season with a 144.
Jerome’s Mason Wagner shot a 152 to tie Central Crossing’s Caleb Davern and St. Xavier’s Oscar Zimmerman for fourth.
Like Chandler, Davern and Wagner earned first-team all-state honors.
“It feels good,” said Chandler, who has committed to Ohio State. “Going back-to-back (as team state champion) to end my high school career is something else. (Being co-medalist) is pretty nice, especially to win my last high school event.”
Davern followed an opening-round 81 with a 71, which represented the lowest score of the final round.
“I hit the ball really well today,” said Davern, a three-time state qualifier. “I didn’t make putts. It was fun being here again.”
Also competing for Jerome were Ethan Snyder (159), Tyler Groomes (165) and Ryan Miller (174).
St. Charles finished seventh (664) as Oliver Mauntel tied Snyder for 12th with a 159. Also competing for the Cardinals were Vince Campagni (167), Jason Zehala (168), Michael Shyu (170) and Reece Yakubov (176).
“Great experience. Just try to learn from it and learn what we need to do to get better on a tough course that tests every part of your game,” St. Charles coach Brian Unk said.
Olentangy Liberty’s Grant Smeltzer shot a 79 in the opening round and an 81 in the final round for a 160 to tie for 14th.