LIMA — Ashland’s Kamden Mowry played one of the best rounds of his life and the stakes couldn’t have been higher.
Mowry fired a 3-over 74, two strokes behind teammate and medalist Tyler Sabo (72), and the Arrows punched their ticket to the state tournament for a third straight year Wednesday at the Division I district tournament at Shawnee Country Club.
Ashland shot a 314, good for second place behind district champ Anthony Wayne (311). The top two teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team earned spots in next week’s state tournament at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.
“You never take anything for granted and you try to work hard,” Ashland coach Dan Priest said before the sectional tournament at Sycamore Springs. “In the Northwest District we’re still pretty good, so we feel like we have a good chance to get out and go back to state.”
Lexington’s Troy Chapman grabbed the second of the two individual qualifying spots up for grabs, shooting a 75. The Minutemen finished fourth in the team standings with a 324.
Madison’s Jameson Myers also qualified for Wednesday’s tournament. The senior shot a 96.
A junior, Mowry shot his best round in three trips to the district tournament. He carded a 79 at Sycamore Springs as a freshman in 2019 and shot an 82 in miserable conditions at Findlay Country Club last year.
Sabo, meanwhile, added another chapter to perhaps the greatest high school career in Ashland’s storied golf history. The Ohio State recruit and two-time All-Ohioan was district medalist for a third straight year, finishing one stroke ahead of Lima Shawnee’s Justin Altenbach (73).
Junior Wyatt Mohrman shot an 82, while senior Aidan Chandler carded an 86. Junior Keslar Bates had a drop score of 102.
“Getting back to state has always been our goal,” Sabo said earlier this season. “There are some good teams (in the Northwest District) but if we continue to work hard, we should be fine.”
Chapman’s 75 was fourth overall behind Sabo, Altenbach and Mowry. The junior is just the second Lexington golfer in the past 30-plus years to advance to the state tournament, joining 2019 qualifier Trevor Dials.
Lex senior Tyler Jackson shot a 78, while junior Isaac Vance had an 81. Junior Trevis Smith shot a 90 and freshman Jackson Pigg had a 102.
Ashland’s Paramore headed to Columbus
Ashland’s Klaira Paramore will play at next week’s Division I girls state tournament after shooting a 75 Tuesday at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green.
Paramore was the medalist runner-up behind Perrysburg’s Sydney Deal (73). Ontario’s Brooklynn Adkins finished fourth with an 82.
Lexington finished third in the team standings with a 373, while Ashland was fourth with a 378. Toledo St. Ursula Academy (354) and Toledo Notre Dame Academy (364) earned the two state qualifying spots.
Lady Lex was led by Hannah Smith’s 87 and Alaina Kathrein’s 88. Trynity Wolfe shot a 94, while Madison Hager had a 104 and Hannah Whitney had a 105.
For Ashland, Emma Packard backed Paramore with a 93. Makaree Chapman and Kyah Huckleberry had 105s and Lydia Wells shot 108.
Ontario’s Anzaya Estep also qualified and shot a 103.