SUNBURY — Following the lead of its three seniors, the Centerburg golf team finished sixth in the Division III state golf tournament.
Seniors Garrison Myles, Troy Lemke and Nich Pitzer all fired solid rounds on Saturday in the second day of the event as the Trojans just missed the top five. Centerburg shot 340 on the second day, giving them a two-day total of 678.
“I’m incredibly proud of the guys. To set a goal and then make it here, I can’t say enough,” said Centerburg coach Nathan Altizer. “We were sixth out of 227 schools (in the state). That’s a pretty good accomplishment for our school and for the MBC.”
Gilmour Academy won the state championship, firing a 634 (316-318) for the two-day event at North Star Golf Resort near Sunbury. Ottawa Hills was second (656), followed by Wellington (668), Fairfield Christian (671), Garaway (674), Centerburg (678), Lima Central Catholic (683), Cincinnati Country Day (691), Summit Country Day (698), Lake Ridge Academy (707), and Van Buren and Liberty-Benton (713).
Centerburg senior Garrison Myles capped off his stellar senior season with a third-place finish as an individual. Myles fired a 1-over-par 37 on the back nine (which the Trojans completed first), en route to a 77 on the second day. That gave him a total of 150, just behind co-medalists Alex Andrews of Gilmour and Ryan Troyer of Garaway, who both finished at 145.
“This feels good. My goal was to come out and make the first team, which I did,” Myles said. “It was the last round of my senior year, so I was pretty focused.
“We finished sixth as a team. Our goal was to get in the top five. We’re real proud to get here. I think the top five would have capped off our year, but we’re not disappointed with sixth.”