FINDLAY — Tyler Sabo and his Ashland teammates began their bid for a third straight trip to the state tournament in grand fashion.
Sabo fired a 7-under 65 as the Arrows won a second straight Division I sectional title with a 314 at Sycamore Springs Golf Course.
Lexington finished fourth with a 338 and will join the Arrows at next week’s district tournament at Shawnee Country Club in Lima. The top five teams and top five individuals not on a qualifying team advanced.
Ashland has been to the state tournament each of the past two years. The Arrows return three of their top five golfers from last year’s team.
“Getting back to state has always been our goal,” Sabo said after the Arrows won the Ohio Cardinal Conference tournament last month. “There are some good teams (in the Northwest District) but if we continue to work hard, we should be fine.”
Junior Kamden Mowry backed Sabo with an 81. Senior Aidan Chandler and junior Wyatt Mohrman carded matching 84s and Keslar Bates shot a 98.
The Minutemen were led by senior Tyler Jackson and junior Isaac Vance, who carded 80s. Junior Troy Chapman shot an 88, while Trevis Smith had a 90 and freshman Jackson Pigg had a 94.
Madison finished 10th with a team score of 393. Senior Jameson Myers led the way for the Rams with an 87.
Mansfield Senior finished 12th with a 424. The Tygers were led by sophomore Andrew Cawrse, who carded a 96.
Ashland will try to defend its district title next week. The Arrows won last year’s district crown with a 325 and will be gunning for their third straight trip to the state tournament after qualifying in 2019.
“We have guys who have put in a lot of work,” Ashland coach Dan Priest said earlier this season. “They have given themselves an opportunity to do something special.”