Golfers from Worthington Christian High School took their first-ever Division III state title Saturday afternoon as they defeated Gates Mills Gilmour Academy by 17 strokes. The school is a ministry of Grace Polaris Church (Mike Yoder, lead pastor), where golf coach, Zac Hess, serves on the pastoral staff. A portion of a report on the tournament from the Columbus Dispatch appears below. Click here to read the complete article.
High school golf | Columbus Academy, Worthington Christian win boys titles
The Mid-State League held the most expansive block party in high school golf Saturday when two member schools held aloft championship trophies on courses about 25 miles apart and in different counties.
At NorthStar Golf Club in Sunbury, Columbus Academy stormed from four shots behind after the first round to total 596 for the tournament in defeating Chardon Notre Dame Cathedral Latin by 10 strokes to win the boys Division II title.
On the Ohio State Scarlet Course, focused, stoic Worthington Christian players shot a two-day total of 623 to win the Division III boys championship by 17 strokes over Gates Mills Gilmour Academy. …
The only emotion the Warriors displayed was when first-year coach Zac Hess fought back tears talking to the team and parents afterward. He was the middle school coach for these players.
The winning lineup was Tyler Jones (152), Will Evans (155), Jake Hoheisel (156), Blake Lawson (160) and Cole Brooks (168). Jones was fifth overall, Evans 10th and Hoheisel 13th.
“They knew coming in that this was going to be a long tournament,” Hess said. “We came in today just wanting to win today’s match. One reason I’m so proud of these kids is the character, poise and toughness they displayed. We’re just privileged to be able to do this.”
Jones said poise under pressure was a key.
“A goal of ours to get here and then make a really good run at it,” he said. “We had the idea to keep our heads together and that we’re all doing this for each other.”
Evans tried to keep things simple.
“I felt really focused — I wasn’t too nervous,” he said. “I tried to win my group and things worked out. I took it one shot at a time.”
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