BEAVERCREEK — The Wayne golf team competed at the Sectional Tournament at Beavercreek Golf Course on Wednesday and missed advancing to the district as a team by one stroke. Wayne shot a 323 to place fifth, one stroke shy of Fairmont who took fourth and qualified to district with a 322. Butler took top honors with a 299 while Springboro was runner-up with a 300 and Centerville was third with a 307.
The good news for Wayne is that Bryce Haney qualified for district by being one of the top four individuals not on a qualifying team. Austin Greaser, of, Butler, was the medalist with a 70, while Austin Schoonmaker of Springboro, Jonathan Cloyd, of Springboro and Haney each shot a 72 to tie for the second best score. Haney shot a 36 on both parts of the course.
Zach Johnson shot an 82 (44-38) while James Harness had an 83 (38-45) and A.J. Henry shot an 86 (44-42). Riley Brown recorded a 94 (51-43).
Wayne Coach Jon Soukup said the fifth place finish was a little disappointing, a “little bittersweet ending to the season” as four of the six seniors have been to the district for the past two years.
“I really wanted them to be able to experience the opportunity to go again for a third year —being their last year in the program,” said Soukup. “They’ve had so much success over their four year career here that I hate to see them disappointed in themselves for not getting out.”
Soukup said he had felt that a 325 would have advanced the team to district as last year, the team had a 325, six strokes ahead of the fifth place squad.
“We shot a 323 and that wasn’t enough,” he said.
Soukup said that entering the last couple of holes, that Wayne was down by seven or eight strokes to Fairmont, but were able to get some of those strokes back. He said that when Wayne turned from nine to 10, that the team had a really bad stretch from 10 to 12.
Haney will compete in the district at Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown on Thursday with a tee-off time of 10:50 a.m.
“He was the low individual,” said Soukup. “He played extremely well, probably some of the best golf of the entire season. He was two-under at one point. This is the type of golf that Bryce likes to play and played all summer and I look forward to really big things from him at district next week.”
Soukup said the Southwest District is one of the toughest, if not the toughest district to qualify out of for state. He said the golf course can change drastically, depending on the weather conditions, but noted that Haney is comfortable with either a fast or slow course.
“If he plays the way he did at our sectional, …he has a very good chance to make it to state,” said Soukup.
Soukup said he was real proud of the six seniors on the team this year.
“They’re all going to go on to much bigger and better things after their golf careers,” said Soukup. “It’s been great to coach all these kids for the three or four years that I’ve had them. And they need to hold their head high and not be disappointed at all in how they played. They accomplished a lot more than a lot of our kids did in their four years at Wayne High School in the golf program and they kind of put the golf program back on the map. I don’t have a lot of kids returning, but hopefully these kids have set the bar for the next group of kids to come in and do the same thing.”
Qualifiers: Top four teams and four individuals not on a qualifying team.
Team Place: * Indicates qualifying team.
1. Butler* 299 (Zach Crawford 76, Austin Greaser 70, A.J. Lawrence 75, Gannon Godsey 78, Jack Herbst 89); 2. Springboro* 300 (Austin Schoonmaker 72, Josh Gilkison 76, Garrett West 80, Jonathan Cloyd 72, William Frederick 80); 3. Centerville* 307 (Cooper Jones 73, Dhaivat Pandya 74, Adam Velasco 85, A.J. Cherubini 82, Nick Clark 78); 4. Fairmont* 322 (Cameron Luczka 82, Matt Pietrantonio 76, Grant Gibson 83, Hunter Heikes 88, Luke VanLeeuwen 81); 5. Wayne 323; 6. Middletown 336; 7. Northmont 350; 8. Lebanon 352; 9. Miamisburg 353; 10. Edgewood 361; 11. Carroll 368; 12. Franklin 398; 13. West Carrollton 451.