ARLINGTON — Ashland senior Camden Murray had plenty of memorable shots during Tuesday’s Division I men’s golf tournament at Sycamore Springs Golf Course.
But one will stay with him for a long time. It’s a shot he’ll use as motivation in next week’s regional championships, as the Arrows battle it out for another week with Ohio Cardinals rival Lexington.
Staring at his 5-foot putt on the last hole of the day, no. 9 After Murray started his round on the back nine, he knew he had to hit the ball firmly and hit a par at center and get out of there with a 73. Murray hit the ball perfectly, looking like a sure-footed par, but the ball went over a centimeter on the left edge and made a full 360 around the cup before returning to his horseshoe lip.
He calmly made a bogey for a 74, tied with Elida’s Carson Harmon for the lowest round as he had every right to putt and knock it off, and the two shared a tie for the medal. Disgusting green. But cooler heads prevailed, as they did for Murray the whole round.
“I started off the fairway and kept it in good shape,” Murray said. “I didn’t hit as many greens as I wanted, but I was up and down when I needed to, and I was together. I stayed in the mood and played a good round.”
Murray started his day with a 36 in the back nine, even par, and then a 38 in the front, just 2 over. After missing out on medalist honors at the Ohio Cardinals two weeks ago, Murray made a huge response, leading his Arrows to a team score of 339, trailing tournament champion Finn with 321. Deley, and ahead of OCC champion Lexington, was third with 346.
“Last month, I didn’t play my best, so it was a good rebound game,” Murray said. “It feels great to get my confidence back, but I’ll try to hit more greens and take advantage of the par 3s. I’m sitting pretty well now and everything will be even better next week.”
At the OCC Championship, Lexington ended Ashland’s reign as league champions. On Tuesday, the Arrows took the lead. Wyatt Mohrman finished with a 41-43-84, while Keslar Bates finished with a 42-44-86 and Ryan Eberling hit a 46-49-95 to complete the scorer. Reed Emmons lost 55-58-113.
The second-place finish gives the Arrows confidence heading into next week’s regional championships, when only one team and one individual will qualify.
“It feels great for us,” Murray said. “It was a small win, but in the bigger picture, we all wanted to qualify together and that’s what we were able to do. Now that we’re starting the regional championships, we all know who’s the favorite as a team. , we’re going to give it our all and have fun and I think our top 2 or top 3 players have a chance to challenge that individual spot and we’ll do our best in practice this week to see how it goes.”
Despite tough day, Lexington moves on
If Murray was thinking of his 360-degree lips on the final hole of the day, the Lexington Militia would be thinking of all the pars and birdies they left on the course. They hit a total of 346, which fell short of their expectations but still helped them advance to the regional championships with a third-place finish. The top 5 teams advance, Elida (364) and Tiffin Columbian (366) also get tickets for next week.
Senior Troy Chapman is Lex’s low man, 44-40-84.
“It’s game time and we want to play well, but this is our first time here this year and the class is never easy,” Chapman said. “It’s short and the greens are tough. We didn’t play well here last year, but we were able to get out of it and we did it again this year.”
Trevin Smith was Lex’s second-leading scorer, 44-41-85, while freshman Griffin Hughes was 44-43-87 and senior Isaac Vance was 43-47-90. Junior Jack Wyatt scored 52-52-104 as the day’s drop.
Still, Lex has another week to fight, and the Minutemen will be back in the lab ahead of next week’s regional championships to correct a few things.
“We really had to work on the batting,” Chapman said. “Today, it wasn’t too windy, so we didn’t hit as well as we usually do. We can always do better near the greens so we don’t leave ourselves with tough putts.”
Chapman knows the regional championship is an uphill battle, but he knows he has the potential to advance as an individual after becoming the only state qualifier in Richland County last year, when he played 38 at this year’s regional Shawnee Country Club. -37-75 games will be held. This year, a team and an individual with the lowest score and not in the qualifying team will enter the state.
“I think if we play well, we’re always going to give ourselves a chance,” Chapman said. “Anthony Wayne is the No. 3 team in the state with a win at Firestone last week. Our three seniors will have a lot to prove. We all want to play well, but the goal is to get in shape and I Would love to go back there and redeem myself from last year. We’re going to come in with a positive mindset, believing we have nothing to lose, so we’ll be in attacking mode.”
Maglott, Cawrse qualified separately
Madison freshman Nicholas Maglott kicked off his high school career Tuesday with a 44-42-86 record as an individual zone qualifier, 11th overall, as he finished in individual qualifiers. Got the second spot in the qualifiers that day.
He waited anxiously as the score rolled in and was thrilled to move on and represent the Rams in the regional championship.
“It feels great,” said Maglot. “I didn’t know I was going to do that today. I putt well, hit some long balls, and my close shots were good, which helped the short game. I didn’t tee off as much as I would have liked, but always It’s a good day, speaking.”
Maglott bounced back well from a slow start, knowing his short game saved him. So, after a week of preparation for the Division I Championship, he’ll be back at work on the tee.
“It wasn’t a good start and I had a bogey on the front nine,” Maglot said. “So next week, I just want to break down my score from today and see what happens. I’ll try to drive better so I can hit the ball more easily.”
Mansfield junior Andrew Cowles took the final qualifying spot of the day with a 43-47-90 to finish in 17th.
The Division I Men’s Golf Tournament will be held in October. 12 Shawnee Country Club in Lima.