Securing not just one, but two individual berths to the Division I district tournament is not an easy accomplishment in northeast Ohio.
Twinsburg’s Sam Maurer and Blaze Tanner both qualified in impressive fashion for the Tigers and head coach Scott Levey.
The Tiger duo advanced to the Pine Hills Golf Club Division I District tournament Oct. 7 in Hinckley, but final results of the district tourney weren’t available as of this writing.
It was a pleasant occurrence as Twinsburg has battled against a strong schedule this fall, including the loaded National Conference of the Suburban League.
Placing in the top four spots as individuals on non-qualifying teams from district play at Pine Hills (par 71 on the 6,698-yard course) will advance to the state championships at Ohio State University, Oct 18-19.
Levey’s Tigers placed a respectable sixth overall in a challenging 17-team field at the Windmill Lakes Division I sectional tournament Oct. 2 in Ravenna.
"The team did not make it to districts, but we had two players make it as individuals," said an excited Levey.
Tanner, a junior, is a multiple district qualifier for the Tigers.
At Windmill Lakes, Tanner fired a 72 (36-36) to place second out of 82 golfers who hit the course.
Only talented Hudson sophomore Coop Pamer, bested Tanner. Pamer earned medalist honors with a 70.
"Blaze shot a 72 and he qualified for districts last year, but did not make it to states," pointed out Levey.
Maurer is a senior who competed in his first ever district tourney as an individual! He fired a 78 (40-38) in sectionals.
"Sam qualified as there was a four-person playoff for two qualifying spots," said Levey.
Handling the pressure, Maurer buried a long putt for par to key his district berth.
"In the playoff, Sam sunk a 20-foot putt for par on the first sudden death hole to qualify," explained Levey.
Parma Padua Franciscan senior Charlie Beatty also qualified on the first hole to make the cut for districts.
"Sam (Maurer) has a great swing, but he can be his own worst enemy as he tries to hit the ball further," explained Levey, who has worked hard on the mental aspect of the game.
Juniors Dean Hoyle (44-45) and Eric Bernhard (42-47) also shot 89 for the Tigers.
Wrapping up his career for Twinsburg was veteran senior Dan Burgoyne (44-46).
In the team standings, Hudson won its first sectional crown since 2014 with a 301. Also qualifying were Walsh Jesuit (304), Stow-Munroe Falls (319) and Kent Roosevelt (325).