DEFIANCE – Swanton recorded a third place finish at the Northwest Ohio Athletic League Golf Championships Friday at Auglaize Golf Club in Defiance, finishing six strokes ahead of Wauseon to help them finish third in the final league standings.
Archbold and Bryan finished tied for first with a 322 team score, but when it went to the team’s sixth golfer, the Bluestreaks came out on top. Kobe Kennedy’s 96 beat out Colin Shirkey of Bryan who shot a 101.
It was the fourth straight league title for the Streaks.
After the Streaks and Golden Bears was Swanton who finished with a 330 team score. The Bulldogs were third in the final league standings with 11 points as well. Wauseon took fourth (10), Evergreen fifth (7), Patrick Henry sixth (5), Delta seventh (2) and Liberty Center eighth (2).
Swanton had a pair of golfers tie for fourth along with Connor Shirkey of Bryan. The Bulldogs’ Austin Luce and Garrett Swank each shot a 77. Also scoring for the Dogs were Randy Slink with an 87 (T-16th) and Sam Betz with an 89 (T-21st).
Zach Schaller added a 93 and Carter Swank 97.
For Evergreen, Travis Mersing tied for eighth after posting an 81. Aaron Miller shot an 82, tying for 11th. The Vikings’ other scorers were Garrett Betz who shot a 91 and Zach Lumbrezer 99.
Brady Wymer and Cole Mattin of Delta tied for 18th with Patrick Henry’s James Gerken, each posting an 88. Their other scorers were Chase Stickley who shot a 91 and Jayce Helminiak at 102.
Swanton will be at the Division II sectional tournament at Detwiler Park Golf Course in Toledo Thursday morning. Delta and Evergreen are at the Division III tournament at Ironwood Thursday.
NWOAL Golf Tournament
1. Archbold 322; 2. Bryan 322; 3. Swanton 330; 4. Wauseon 336; 5. Evergreen 353; 6. Patrick Henry 359; 7. Liberty Center 366; 8. Delta 369.
Individuals (top 10)
1. Kade Kern (Archbold) 74, Case Hartman (Bryan) 74; 3. Kaiden McGraw (Patrick Henry) 75; 4. Connor Shirkey (Bryan) 77, Austin Luce (Swanton) 77, Garrett Swank (Swanton) 77; 7. A.J. Mahnke (Archbold) 80; 8. Travis Mersing (Evergreen) 81, Kreighton Sims (Archbold) 81, Dylan Grahn (Wauseon) 81.