Stow-Munroe Falls boys golf was dreaming of reaching Columbus for the first time since 2011 when it traveled to the Division I district tournament Monday.
Instead of advancing, however, Stow saw its season come to an end at Pine Hills Golf Club in Hinkley.
Stow didn’t play poorly at Pine Hills, but was unable to advance any golfers to Columbus, as the Bulldogs finished seventh at districts with a score of 314. The top four finishers at Pine Hills advanced to states.
Massillon Jackson won the district title with a round of 302, while Archbishop Hoban (305), St. Ignatius (307) and Walsh Jesuit (308) also advanced to states.
Stow coach Joe Vojtko said his team had nothing be ashamed of.
"We didn’t play bad," Vojtko said. "Jackson shot 302 and everybody else just played really well. I think we were six shots out of making it to states. The team was a little disappointed for the season to end this way."
"We got beat, but we didn’t have a bad day," he added. "A few shots here didn’t go out way. I know the whole team wanted to go to states. I’m super proud of the team."
While Monday was sunny and warm, Vojtko noted the corse was playing bit treacherous due to the rain from the previous days.
"With all the rain on weekend, we had a couple of kids plug balls and lose balls [in the rough] and have to take penalties," Vojtko said. "It was that wet. If you hit the fairway and the green, you were fine. If you missed the fairway, you were penalized."
Stow’s top finisher was sophomore Dan Page, who shot a three over par round of 75. That score put him one stroke out of qualifying for states, as Uniontown Lake’s Alex Anderson, GlenOak’s Brandon Jatich and Wooster’s Mason Frazier each shot 74.
"I think if he would have shot a 74, he would have been in a playoff to go to states," Vojtko said. "I’m sure he was rethinking his entire round. He played awesome yesterday and he should be proud of himself."
Districts marked the final high-school round for senior Kyle Buzaki. After earning medalist honors at sectionals, Buzaki settled for a round of 78 at districts.
"I would say that he would think he left some shot out on the course," Vojtko said. "He hit the ball well yesterday, but he couldn’t make a putt. Seventy-eight is not a bad score out at Pine Hills."
Junior Aaron Kim shot a 79 and sophomore Max Crookston shot an 82 to round out the scoring rounds for Stow. Junior Brandon Beck shot an 87 for the Bulldogs.
While lamenting the Buzaki would not be able to play at states, Vojtko noted that the future of Stow boys golf should be very bright.
"Everybody else is back and I have a couple of eighth-graders coming up who should be very good players," Vojtko said. "We’re going to be a good team for quite some time."
Reporter Michael Leonard can be reached at 330-541-9442, email@example.com or @MLeonard_RPC