With its top three players all shooting in the 70s, the Wellington boys golf team qualified for the Division III state tournament for the ninth time in program history.

The defending district- and state-champion Jaguars shot 314 on Oct. 2 at Darby Creek to win the 13-team district tournament and advance to state Oct. 11 and 12 on Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.

“It’s always important that our (top three players) play well, and we had a good fifth score today, too,” senior Garrett Thesing said. “Usually it’s pretty windy (at Darby Creek) so you’ve got to be able to gauge the wind.”

Thesing shot 72 to finish second individually behind Howard East Knox senior Drew Salyers, who shot 69 to win his second district medalist honor in three seasons.

Worthington Christian sophomore Sam Evans was third with a 73, but only the championship team and the top individual not on that team advanced to state.

Evans and Thesing each played No. 2 for their teams and spent the round going back and forth, with Thesing eventually finishing one stroke ahead.

“It was pretty windy, but some of the greens were attackable,” Evans said. “I didn’t really play like I could have or should have. Me and Garrett were just on and off the whole day and we were fighting each other the whole day. It was very fun.”

Worthington Christian and Fairbanks each shot 323, but Fairbanks earned the runner-up trophy because it had the better fifth-player score.

Also for Wellington, senior Aidan Schumer finished fourth (76) and junior Carsten Judge was eighth (78) while sophomore Jackson Jacobs (88) and freshman Sidd Ganesh (95) also competed.

Worthington Christian’s No. 2 scorer was junior Ben Evans, who tied for fifth (77), while its only senior, J.R. Bowers, tied for 14th (84) and was followed by sophomore Nathan Ball (89) and freshman Chase Steininger (93).

Delaware Christian finished ninth (391) as junior Nathan Stewart placed 13th (83).

Competing individually for Grandview were junior Brendan Cleary (tied for 14th, 84) and freshman Colin Cleary (tied for 20th, 87).

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