Five finalists from Boys Golf competed in the Division 3 State tournament on October 10. They are Brady Nolan (’20), Liam Ottaway (’21), Jack Popovich (’22), Harry Rogers (’22), and Alex Swinarski (’22).
The Lancers started swinging at the prestigious Ohio State Scarlet Course. They had been preparing for this event the entire season, especially in the final week leading up to the event. The team used the golf simulator every day during the week as well as met with swing coaches, and practiced at The Country Club.
Nolan (‘20) said, “As a senior, this was huge for me. Out of all my sports, this was the first time I had gone to states. Being a senior made it all the more worthwhile.”
On the first day, the team placed 5th out of 12. Swinarski (’22) said, “I think everyone at States had a great weekend. Even through the rough conditions, we were all mentally strong and we played our best.”
Rogers and Popovich agreed that the team played its best on the first day. On the second day, the Lancers faced 30 degree weather. According to Swinarski, their hands were cold which complicated their swings. Ottaway (’21) posted 76 on the first day and 86 on the second. The weather impacted all the golfers.
Ottaway (’21) said, “With such a young team, making it to states this year was sort of a surprise. I’m so proud of the way we played in the tough conditions and with a possible state title on the line.”
Their journey to states began at sectionals. At this tournament, the team placed first by a large margin. This gave the boys confidence going into the District tournament. At districts, Gilmour placed third, the last spot that qualifies for states. Then, at the two-day State tournament, the team placed 6th.
With five returning players next year, the team looks to build on this year. Nolan (‘20) said, “I know the team’s goal is to win states next year so I wish them the best of luck.”
Popovich (‘22) said, “Although I didn’t play my best, it was a good experience to go down to Columbus and play at Ohio State’s course.”
Boys Golf has made state appearances in the past, including a second place finish two years ago. The returning Lancers hope to go to states again in their next few seasons.
Rogers (’22) said, “I’m glad we made it to states. Getting past districts showed how strong we could become this season. It gives me a lot of hope for next year.”