Genoa golfers, Leyerle qualify for state golf tourney

J. Patrick Eaken

On Thursday, the Genoa boys golf team shot a 336 to finish in second place at the district golf tournament at Sycamore Springs Golf Course, qualifying them for the Division II state meet.
        Genoa and Galion both shot 336, but Galion won the district championship based on the score of the fifth golfer. Liberty-Benton was one stroke behind at 337 and will not advance to state.
        For Genoa, senior Isaac Simmons shot 39-39—78, junior Tommy Giles shot 41-40—81, senior Ethan Smith shot 42-43—85, senior Michael Rightnowar scored 48-44—92 and senior Brock Pollauf shot 52-43—95. Eastwood senior Josh Hahn shot 42-37—79 and missed by two strokes of qualifying as an individual.
        On Monday, Gibsonburg junior golfer Sydney Leyerle shot a 38-38—76 and Lakota junior Kyleigh Dull shot 37-34—71 at the Sycamore Springs girls district meet to qualify as individuals to the Division II girls state golf tournament.
        Dull finished tied for medalist honors with St. Henry junior Ellen Naumann (36-35—71) and Leyerle was tied for fourth. Lake senior Kimberly Zoltani scored 46-53—99 at the district meet.
        Gibsonburg had qualified for the district as a team and scored 386 to finish eighth out of 16 teams. The top four teams, Lima Central Catholic (334), Huron (367), St. Henry (371) and Shelby (379) will go to state. For Gibsonburg, senior Olivia Paul shot 48-44—92 and sophomore Morgan Albanese scored 57-47—104.
        During the D-II girls sectional at Fostoria Country Club, Oak Harbor finished just out of the running, scoring 386 to finish behind third place Perkins (374). Bellevue (361) was first and Margaretta (370) second. Senior Hannah Genzman led the Rockets, shooting 42-45—87 and junior Delaney Hayes scored 47-45—92. Dull shot 38-35—73 to advance from that meet.
        The Gibsonburg girls won their sectional at White Pines Golf Course, shooting a 361 as Leyerle scored 38-35-73. Paul shot 44-42—86, Albanese shot 52-48—100, sophomore Taylor Sworden scored 53-49—102 and freshman Ellie Stout shot 52-51—103. Zoltani shot 51-42—93 as Lake (439) finished eighth, Eastwood (449) was ninth and Genoa (557) finished 12th.
        Other district meets in D-II and D-III boys were held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week. D-I boys and girls were conducting sectional meets last week.
        Genoa won the Division II boys sectional at Heatherdowns Country Club in South Toledo, scoring a 349 to advance to the district meet. Runner-up Port Clinton (365) and third place Swanton (370) also advanced.
        For the Comets, Northern Buckeye Conference golfer of the year, senior Ethan Smith shot a 41-43—84 and junior Tommy Giles shot 42-42—84. Genoa senior Michael Rightnowar shot 46-44—90, senior Isaac Simmons scored 47-44—91 and senior Brock Pollauf shot 45-49—94.
        Oak Harbor was seventh, scoring 378, Eastwood followed in eighth place with a 383 and Lake scored 408 to finish in 10th. Eastwood senior Josh Hahn qualified for district, shooting 45-43—88. The Eagles Adam Graber, a junior, scored 46-48—94.
        For the Rockets, junior Brenen Ish shot 44-47—91 and senior Colin Ish shot 45-47—92, and for Lake senior Hayden Rider shot 44-47—91.
        Woodmore finished third in the D-III boys sectional at Green Hills, scoring 346 to place behind Fremont St. Joseph (336) and Margaretta (343) and the Wildcats advanced to district.
        Sophomore Aaron Miller shot 39-39—78, junior Danny Greenhill scored 43-42—85, junior Ian Jacobson scored 47-39—86, sophomore Landon Emch shot 49-48—97 and senior Andrew Barringer shot 53-49—102.
        The Gibsonburg boys (432) were tenth behind senior Mitchel Delvanthal (48-48—96) and junior Nick Tornow (49-50—99). Northwood (504) finished in 13th.
        At the D-I boys sectional at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green, Clay finished in 11th place with a 398 and did not advance. For the Eagles, senior Evan Cote shot 46-50—96, sophomore Spencer Fortier shot 50-48—98 and sophomore Aiden Vriezelaar shot 49-51—100.
        At the D-I girls sectional at Heatherdowns, Curtice resident Peyton Donnelly, a freshman at St. Ursula, helped the Arrows to a first place finish. Donnelly shot 43-44—87 as the Arrows scored 349 and will advance to districts as a team.
        Clay finished fifth, scoring 406. Senior Cali Jo Quigg shot 49-45—94, senior Maddie Huss shot 45-51—96 and senior Ellie McVicker shot 53-45—98.


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