After a brilliant regular season, Stow-Munroe Falls boys golf came into the postseason as one of the favorites to advance from the Division I sectional tournament at Windmill Lakes Golf Course.
The Bulldogs didn’t have their finest performance of the season, but did more than enough to advance.
Stow finished third Wednesday in Ravenna with a scored of 319. The top four teams and top four individuals not on an advancing team reached districts.
Hudson won the sectional title with a score of 301, while Walsh Jesuit was runner-up with a 304. Along with Stow, Kent Roosevelt also advanced as a team with a score of 325.
According to Stow coach Joe Vojtko, Stow’s attitude Wednesday turned into the mantra of legendary NC State basketball coach Jim Valvano: "Survive and advance."
"That’s what it was today," Vojtko said. "Our guys didn’t have their stuff today, but they were able to move on. I’m sure our guys will come back and play well on Monday."
Stow advances to the Division I district tournament at Pine Hills Golf Club in Hinkley Monday.
Despite playing in warm conditions on a par-70 course, Vojtko said Windmill Lakes was not an overwhelming course.
"It was kind of playing pretty firm," Vojtko said. "The greens were receptive. I think it was just a little off day. The course was playing pretty good. If you missed the green, it would bounce away from it.
"Our guys just didn’t have their ‘A’ games today," he added.
Individually, Stow was led by junior Dan Page, who finished seventh in the field with a six-over par score of 76. Vojtko noted Page shot a round of 73 earlier this season at Windmill.
"Dan was solid all day. We started on the 10th tee and he went out with a 39 on the front nine," Vojtko said. "We was able to keep it a three-over par until the last hole, where he got in trouble had a triple bogey. Other than that, he was pretty solid. Dan plays well at Windmill and at Pine Hills, so I’m excited to see what he can do."
Hudson sophomore Coop Pamer won medalist honors with an even-par score of 70.
Stow got two rounds of 80 from sophomore Dylan Dunn and junior Max Crookston.
"Dylan struggled with his tee ball today," Vojtko said, noting Page hit the driving range right after the tournament. "Max started off struggling, missing the greens. I’m not worried. They both work hard."
Seniors Aaron Kim and Scott Kline each shot rounds of 83.
"Aaron played No. 1 today. Aaron was pretty erratic with his tee ball today," Vojtko said. "Everybody was having a problem hitting fairways today. There was a lot of punching out of the trees. It was just one of those days.
"Maybe, we came in a bit overconfident today and looking forward to Pine Hills," Vojtko said. "Today may have been a little bit of an eye opener for them.
First tee time is set at districts Monday is for 9 a.m. The top four teams and top four individuals not on advancing teams will advance to the Division I state tournament, which will take place Oct. 18 and 19 at the Scarlett Course at The Ohio State University in Columbus.
"We’re going to Pine Hills a couple of times to work our strategy," Vojtko said. "We know there there’s a lot of good teams at districts. We made it to districts. All we can ask is for them to do their best."
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