Minster and Fort Loramie Boys Golf State-Bound

Staff Writer

The Minster boys golf team is once again headed back to state while Fort Loramie will be making the trip for the first time in program history. Both will play Oct. 12-13 at North Star in Sunbury, a suburb of Columbus in the Division III state tournament.

The Minster Wildcats shot a 332 to win a Division III district title at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green. Led by Joseph Magoto's 79 — which was the seventh-best individual score at the district — Minster won by two strokes. Grant Koenig shot an 83, Ethan Lehmkuhl had an 84, Grant Voisard shot an 86 and Logan Lazier had a 95.

This is Minster's sixth trip to state and first since 2009, when the Wildcats captured the state championship. The Wildcats first made state in 1998 and followed with trips in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. Minster was state runner-up in 2006 to go along with the 2009 crown.

This few-mile strip along State Route 66 is a golf hotbed this year, as Fort Loramie will join Minster at state after earning its first state trip in program history with a second-place finish in the Southwest District.

Fort Loramie shot a 344, a shot behind first-place Newton.

The low man for Fort Loramie was sophomore Caeleb Meyer, who shot an 83 playing from the fifth spot in the Redskin line-up.

"He played as our five man, but put a great round together," Fort Loramie head coach Brad Turner. "He was the first golfer out for us and when the other guys heard how well he was doing, it no doubt gave them all confidence that they could play the course."

Zach Pleiman and Mitchell Puthoff both had an 84. Eli Rosengarten finished with a 93 for our fourth score.  Devin Ratermann shot a 104.

"I'm incredibly happy for the guys," Turner said. "We knew we had an opportunity this season to do something special because of the competition in the southwest district and because three teams were going to move on, instead of two like it has been up until this season.  Having the opportunity is one thing, but playing well enough to take advantage of it is another."