A pair of individual district qualifiers in boys golf tournament play is great to have, and the Twinsburg duo of Sam Maurer and Blaze Tanner held their own against a deep field.
The Tiger tandem wasn’t just happy to play at the Pine Hills Golf Club Division I District tournament in Hinckley, but they wanted to succeed on the challenging par 71 course.
Competing in rugged Division I action, Maurer and Tanner both qualified for the tourney and played well at Pine Hills Oct. 7.
First year Tiger head coach Scott Levey was encouraged.
A senior, Maurer fired a superb round of 77 (39-38) and remained consistent throughout the post season and in his final match as a Tiger.
Placing in the top four spots got a state berth as individuals on non-qualifying teams from district play at Pine Hills advanced to the state championships at Ohio State University, Oct 18-19.
At times, Maurer threatened to be in position to qualify for states.
"Sam shot a 77 and had his all-time low," said Levey. "It took a 72 to move onto states for an individual."
"This is probably one of the hardest districts," said Levey.
Finishing 29th overall at districts, Maurer ended a strong career at Twinsburg as he saved his best for his final season.
"Sam could have been really close to going to states because he bogeyed and double bogeyed in the last two holes," explained Levey. "Sam should be happy and proud of how he played and scored."
Tanner is no stranger to districts.
Just a junior, Tanner is already a rare two-time district qualifier. He was the sectional runner up this fall.
Despite some struggle at times, Tanner showed some consistency with his rounds of 39 and 40. His 79 score was better than his showing at Pine Hills in 2018 as he carded an 80 (42-38).
"Blaze played much better in his practice rounds," remarked Levey.
"When his driver was on, he was hitting the ball nearly 350 yards," said Levey. "The issue was he couldn’t chip the ball close to the hole, except for on (hole) 17, which was his eighth hole. He had only six inches for the birdie."
Maurer will be missed as will experienced Tiger senior Dan Burgoyne.
"I had a great time coaching this team, especially on the bus rides back to the school," stressed Levey. "These boys all meshed well."
Levey’s Tigers placed a respectable sixth overall in a challenging 17-team field at the Windmill Lakes Division I sectional tournament in Ravenna.
At Windmill Lakes, Tanner fired a 72 (36-36) to place second out of 82 golfers. Maurer carded a 78 (40-38).
Juniors Dean Hoyle (44-45) and Eric Bernhard (42-47) also shot 89 for the Tigers, followed by Burgoyne (44-46).