ARCANUM — Northmont finished 7th overall Wednesday at the GWOC boys golf tournament qualifying round at Beechwood Golf Course but three Thunderbolt players qualified for the finals. Only the top four teams and top 16 players not on a qualifying team advanced.
Seniors David Richards (78) and Alec Avdakov (83), and sophomore Brayden Hobert (84) qualified to the finals as individuals. The finals will be played Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Brendan Siehl also posted a score of 84 on Thursday. Hobert, Siehl, Michael Brandt (Butler), and Nathan Henderson (Troy) were four players tied for the 16th spot with an 84 when play concluded. They went to a scorecard playoff to determine who would fill that spot. Hole number four (lowest handicap hole) was chosen to start the playoff. Hobert made par, Siehl and Brandt made bogey, and Henderson had a double bogey. Therefore, Hobert won the scorecard playoff and the 16th individual spot for Saturday.
“We missed fourth place as a team by four strokes,” said Northmont coach Nathan Hannahan. “The kids played really well. “I am happy that three of our kids get a chance to play for an individual championship and for first team, second team recognition and All-GWOC. I am proud of all the guys. Noah Thayer was only two shots away from making it as an individual.”
Centerville took 1st place with a score of 297 led by sophomore Will Owen with a 71 and sophomore Eric Cherubini with 74. Seniors A.J. Cherubini and Nick Clark both finished with a 76.
Springboro took 2nd place with a 318. Sophomores Jordan Gilkison (75) and Austin McGarvey (79) led the Panthers followed by senior William Bach (81) and junior Cade Steele (83).
Lebanon placed 3rd with a score of 322 led by senior Christian Bugher with a 75. Senior A.J. Steketee and sophomore Bryce Lambert each recorded an 81 and sophomore Joey Dennis came in with an 85.
Fairmont earned the fourth qualifying spot with a score of 325 led by senior Cameron Cumberland with a 77. Senior Matt Bauman had a 79, junior Logan Mayes shot 82 and sophomore Ben Fantaci had an 87.
Northmont will compete in the sectional tournament on Monday at Yankee Trace Golf Course at 9 a.m.