Gibsonburg’s Leyerle gets three birdies to medalist by 11

Gibsonburg senior golfer Sydney Leyerle was medalist at the Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division meet with a 35-36—71 at Fremont Country Club.

That is 11 strokes better than the second place finisher—Hopewell-Loudon’s Kiley Cline shot 39-43—82. Leyerle had three birdies in shooting even par.

Leyerle was the Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press Golfer of the Year last year. Last year at the Division II state tournament, her friend, then-Lakota junior Kyleigh Dull, shot a three-under par 70-67—137 to win the state individual championship and Leyerle shot an 8-over par 72-76—148 to finish in eighth place individually among 71 golfers competing.

Leyerle began golfing at age 5 under the tutelage of her father, Marc, and she played in her first competitive tournament at the age of 7. She still loves the game despite all the years competing in youth tournaments and high school golf.

“I’ve been playing it my whole life and it’s a part of me,” Leyerle told The Press. “It’s very calming when I’m out there and when I’m having a really good round I just stand there and look around and think, ‘I just love it.’”

She has qualified for state all three of her high school seasons, as a sophomore finishing eighth in the Division II meet, shooting 76-79—155 at the Ohio State University Gray Course. That is five places better than her 13th place finish her freshman season. She began her quest for her fourth trip to state with sectionals starting last week.

At this year’s SBC meet, Gibsonburg finished second in the league standings, scoring a 376 to place behind Hopewell-Loudon’s 364. For the Golden Bears, Morgan Albanese shot 50-45—95, followed by Taylor Sworden (47-55—102), Ellie Stout (54-54—108), Ashley Mendoza (52-62—114) and Jenna Spanfellner (57-59—116). 

Huron (391) was third, followed by Edison (395), Margaretta (406) Sandusky St. Mary (420), Danbury (460) and Willard (480).

In the SBC Lake Division at FCC, Oak Harbor scored 446 to finish eighth. Bellevue (374) won the championship followed by Perkins (396), Vermilion (412), Clyde (413), Tiffin Columbian (420), Port Clinton (424) and Norwalk (445).

For the Rockets, Lauren St. Claire shot 54-55—109, and she was followed by Taylor Lemaster (56-54—110),  Trista Chasteen (59-54—113), Delaney Hayes (59-55—114), Tori Smith (55-59—114) and Sarah Sarnes (55-61—116).  

In the SBC Bay boys meet, the Rockets scored 360 to place fifth behind champion Willard (347), PC (349), Huron and Margaretta with 356 each. Edison finished sixth at 401.

For the Rockets, Grant Belcher shot 43-41—84, Brenen Ish shot 47-41—88, Ryan Friar 44-49—93,  Karson Lajti 51-44—95, Karter Lajti 55-61—116 and Brenden Jess shot 59-60—119.   

In the SBC Boys River Division, Gibsonburg placed eighth, scoring 421. Lakota golfer Kyleigh Dull was medalist, shooting a 3-over par 74.

For the Golden Bears, Nick Tornow shot 50-43—93 followed by Jacob Hacker (48-46—94) and Gavin Rupp (48-61—109). (Leyerle photo courtesy Innovations Portrait Studio/



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