Minster finishes 8th, Fort Loramie 12th at State Golf

Staff Writer

Minster’s Grant Voisard chipped from just off the No. 1 green to get his tournament started, plopping the ball on the green and watching it disappear into the cup to start off his state tournament in style with a chip-in.

For Minster’s No. 1 position player and the Wildcats, it was an ideal start to their most recent trip to state. But over the course of the next two days, North Star Golf Club showed its teeth, too.

The Minster and Fort Loramie boys golf teams wrapped up their seasons at the Division III state golf tournament, with the Wildcats finishing tied for eighth and the Redskins finished 12th at North Star Golf Club on Saturday.

Minster, which won the Northwest district championship the week before in Bowling Green, shot a 722 team score, 146 strokes above par.

The Wildcats were led by the play of Joseph Magoto, who shot an 82 on Friday and followed it up with an 86 on Saturday morning on the spacious, pristine course in the northern suburbs of Columbus designed by former Ohio State University and PGA standout John Cook that is one of the longest courses in the state and is sprawled out over 350 acres.  Golfers had to deal with 21 different ponds, woods and bunkers throughout the lengthy course that was built in 2007 along with cool temperatures on their first tees, as temperatures dipped into the 30’s Friday morning.

Minster’s Grant Koenig finished 40th overall with a 178 two-day total. Koenig shot an 88 on Friday and a 90 on Saturday.

Logan Lazier’s 189 included a 96 on Friday and a 93 on Saturday.

Grant Voisard shot a 190, with an 88 on Friday and a 102 Saturday. Koenig started off his state tournament on Friday in grand fashion, chipping in for birdie on the first hole from just off the green.

Ethan Lehmkuhl had a 197, with a 93 on Friday and a 104 on Saturday.

Fort Loramie, making its first-ever trip to the state tournament, finished 12th with a 761 team score. Zach Pleiman led the way with rounds of 92 and 94 for a 186. Eli Rosengarten shot 96 and 94 for a 190. Caeleb Meyer had a 94 and a 97 for a 191. Mitchell Puthoff shot a 96 and a 98 for a 194. Devin Ratermann shot a 97 and a 106 for a 203.

As for other Midwest Athletic Conference golfers making the trip to state, St. Henry’s Jack Romer fired a 175 to finish tied for 37th and Delphos St. John’s Adam Gerker shot a 187.

Columbus Wellington School won the Division III state championship, firing a 610 taem score behind t he five-over par score of Aidan Schumer and the seven-over par score of Garrett Thesing. Brookfield took second (617), Canton Central Catholic took third (664).