By Jarrod Ulrey, THISWEEKSPORTS.COM
The last time the Worthington Christian boys golf team qualified for the Division III state tournament in 2017, it followed sectional and district championships by winning the state title.
The Warriors hope the beginning of this year’s postseason is a sign they could be charting the same path.
After shooting a 330 to finish first of 14 teams in a sectional Sept. 29 at Darby Creek, Worthington Christian competes in the district tournament Thursday, Oct. 8, at Denison Golf Club. The championship team and the top individual not on that team in the six-team district event advance to state Oct. 16 and 17 at NorthStar.
“I’m proud of how our boys held their composure and played confidently (at sectional),” coach Zac Hess said.
Senior Ben Evans shot an 80 to tie Fairbanks’ Alex Crowe for third behind Wellington’s Carsten Judge (73) and Grandview’s Colin Cleary (79).
Junior Sam Evans tied for fifth (81), sophomore Chase Steininger tied for 11th (84), junior Nathan Ball tied for 15th (85) and senior Drew Faieta was 33rd (94) of 81 competitors.
“Nathan and Chase played particularly well and showed how hard they’ve been working,” Hess said. “It was a great team effort. The guys have good chemistry and really play for one another.”
There was no sectional in last year’s postseason, with the Warriors finishing third at district as Sam Evans placed third (73) to miss advancing individually by four strokes.