Fort Loramie vs. Minster golf to be first OHSAA contest since shutdown

By: 
Seth Kinker
Sports Editor

Fort Loramie and Minster golf normally play each other early in the season. 

But this year, the contest scheduled for Aug. 5 will have some extra excitement behind it. It will be the first Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) sanctioned contest since the coronavirus pandemic brought sports to a grinding halt in early March. 

"Fort Loramie vs. Minster boys golf match is August 5," said a tweet from Fort Loramie boys golf coach Brad Turner at 8:25 a.m. on Jul. 22. "We've arranged for this match to be a 'Sunrise Tee Time' to make it the very first OHSAA competition since the shutdown."

COVID-19 brought the postponement and eventual cancellations of both the winter sport tournaments and the spring season for the OHSAA and the organization has been keeping tabs on the situation as the summer progressed in regards to a fall sports season. 

As of Jul. 22, the calendar on the OHSAA website, updated Jul. 15, has fall sports beginning Aug. 1,  the first day practice can take place. 

Golf has the shortest time between the first practice date and the first contest, four days. 

In the past, Fort Loramie boys golf head coach Brad Turner had tried schedule a “Sunrise Tee Time,” with a new head coach for Minster this year and Arrowhead being the home course for both teams, it worked out perfectly to make it the first OHSAA sanctioned contest of the 2020-21 season. 

“I just thought it might be something to get the kids excited for and make it more a special occasion,” said Turner. “(I’m) just glad it was able to come together and we can get the kids fired up for it.” 

Normally, a match might start around 9 or 10 a.m. and that day will be filled with contests with it being the first day allowed to have matches against other opponents. 

“I don’t know what time it will be for sure,” said Turner on the exact time for teeing off. “Probably around 7 a.m.. It could be interesting, guys hitting range balls with it still being kind of dark. As soon as there’s enough light to play we’ll kick it off. Obviously there will be a lot of other matches that day with it being the first day competitive matches can be done but just the idea we’ll be the first is a cool thing.” 

This summer, Turner, also the head coach of the softball team, was able to have a summer schedule despite the pandemic making it questionable at first. 

Similar to getting out there and being able to play some softball this summer, Turner was understandably excited to get back on the green. 

“It’s just great, to see the kids able to compete,” said Turner. “Just getting out there again and being competitive, having something to play for against a team wearing a different color shirt than us. It’s going to be fun.” 

“We looked it to as an opportunity,” added Turner. “There’s not a big following for a sport like golf, we thought this might be something, even if someone could stop out before work and stop for a couple holes and see some kids compete, it makes for a neat opportunity.”