Despite having three new players in its top five, the Dublin Jerome boys golf team lived up to the program’s past success when it wrapped up a third consecutive Division I state championship Oct. 19 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.
The Celtics shot a 309 during the opening round Oct. 18 to lead Akron Hoban by one stroke and followed with a 298 in the final round for a two-day total of 607 to finish first of 12 teams, 12 strokes ahead of the Knights.
The state title is Jerome’s ninth in program history.
Olentangy Liberty shot a 637 to tie Cincinnati St. Xavier and Cleveland St. Ignatius for fifth.
Jerome junior Tyler Groomes finished with a 142 (70-72) to capture individual medalist honors over Green’s Maxwell Moldovan (144), who won the championship in 2017 and shared the title last season with 2019 Jerome graduate Jackson Chandler.
“It feels really good,” Groomes said. “We worked really hard for this this season. I was just doing what I needed to do.”
The second-best finisher from central Ohio was Westerville Central junior Josh Qian, who tied for eighth of 72 golfers with a 152 (76-76).
Shooting 153 to tie for 10th were Jerome seniors Ryan Norkin (81-72) and Ethan Snyder (79-74) as the top five individuals earned first-team all-state honors and the next five, including ties, made second-team all-state.
Also competing for Jerome were juniors Logan Menning, who tied for 36th with a 163 (83-80), and Jake Yarbrough, who tied for 44th with 166 (79-87).
Also representing the area as an individual was Pickerington North sophomore Carson Bellish, who tied for 27th with a 160 (80-80).
Junior Grant Smeltzer led Liberty, tying for 22nd with a 158 (78-80). Also scoring for the Patriots were junior Andrew Blosser with a 159 (tied for 25th, 81-78), sophomore Jack O’Donnell with a 160 (tied for 27th, 80-80) and junior Hunter Corbin with a 164 (tied for 40th, 76-88).