Dalton Bulldogs

Smithies, Bulldogs advance to district play on the links

Smithville handled a bit of adversity, and when the chips were down, the Smithies came through to grab the third and final district qualifying spot at The Elms Golf Course.

Smithville got a 76 from Braden Smith, which was good for the third best score on the day, behind South Range’s Tom Roux (73) and Fairless’ Hunter Lowder (74). Those two, along with West Branch’s Blake Glista, will advance as individuals.

The team now heads into districts next Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Windmill Lakes Golf Club in Ravenna.

Jacob McConnell fired an 82, Jacob Reed shot a 90, Matt Miller chipped in with a 93 and Jacob Mullen added a 96 in some tough wind conditions that made play difficult.

Manchester won the sectional with a 335, Canton Central Catholic was second at 337 and Smithville was third at 341, skipping past South Range by two shots for the final qualifying spot.

Waynedale’s Drew Hostetler just missed out on qualifying, placing sixth with an 82. Hostetler was next in line to move on to districts as an individual from a non-qualifying team. Waynedale ended up in ninth place, and also got a solid 86 from Dylan Ledford. Triway placed 11thm, and was led by Nick Noble’s 86.

In Div. III action at the Pine Hills Sectional, Dalton shot a 358, good enough to place second to snag one of the three qualifying spots for next week’s district at Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance.

The Bulldogs were led by Eric Summers and Justin Schlabach, who both were able to fashion 85s to tie for team medalist honors. Sam Herzog added a 91 and Andrew Martin tacked on a 97 to help lift the Bulldogs to the next level of competition.

The Bulldogs couldn’t catch champion Kirtland, which shot a 343, but did get by third-place qualifier Lake Ridge Academy’s score of 368.

Another area player advanced to district play as well, with Central Christian senior Jordan Tschiegg shooting an 88 to advance.

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