HOWARD — The Mount Vernon golf team got its first taste of district competition in two years Tuesday.
Problem was, it turned out to be a bitter bite.
The Yellow Jackets struggled on a crisp and windy morning on the long Apple Valley layout, finishing 14th in the Division I District golf tournament with a team score of 350.
“This is a new experience for these kids. They came out and they thought they had a good week of practice. But, until you get here and experience it, it’s tough,” said Mount Vernon coach Mike Fuller. “We looked around at all the teams that are really good. It’s a real eye-opener.”
New Albany won the district title with a team score of 298. They were followed closely behind by Dublin Coffman, which shot 299. Dublin Jerome and Pickerington North both tied at 306, but Jerome will head to the state tournament thanks to winning the fifth-man tiebreaker.
The morning started off on the wrong foot for Mount Vernon, and got worse as the day went along. An hour and a half fog and frost delay kept the players from hitting the tees at their expected times and the Jackets struggled out of the gate.
The Jackets started on the back nine at Apple Valley and proceeded to shoot a 181, by far their worst nine-hole score of the year.
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