FINDLAY — The conditions were less than ideal to start and only got worse as the day progressed, but the wind and rain and plummeting temperatures didn’t bother Tyler Sabo and his Ashland teammates.
Sabo fired a 1-under 71 to claim medalist honors and the Arrows won their first district title since 2010, shooting a 325 at Findlay Country Club.
Sylvania Northview was runner-up with a 331, earning the second and final state berth up for grabs. Lexington (340) was sixth.
“It was brutal,” Ashland coach Dan Priest said. “It rained off and on the whole day. The kids got wet and they never were able to dry out or get warm.
“It was not a day for golf.”
A junior, Sabo continued arguably the most remarkable season in area golf history. He has won medalist honors in 15 of Ashland’s 20 tournaments or matches.
“It was just a great round,” Ashland coach Dan Priest said after Sabo was sectional medalist last week at Mohawk. “He was six strokes better than anybody and those are the best players in the northwest district.
“He just dominated.”
Sophomore Kamden Mowry backed Sabo with an 82, while Aiden Baker shot an 85. Ryan Frazee (87) and Aidan Chandler (92) rounded it out for the Arrows.
“It was like a bloodbath,” Priest said. “It’s just our tourniquets were tightened a little bit tighter so we didn’t lose quite as much blood as the other guys.”
For Lexington, Trevor Dials led the way with an 80. The senior, who qualified for state last year, missed out on the second and final individual qualifying spot by two strokes.
Troy Chapman was next for Lex with an 86. Tyler Jackson and Cayden Durchik shot matching 87s and Trevin Smith had a 91.
Madison had a pair of individuals in action Thursday. William Laskey tied for 46th overall with a 92, while Landon Ellis was 59th with a 99.
Ashland will tee it up at the state tournament beginning Oct. 23 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. After battling brutal conditions each of the past two weeks, Priest hopes Mother Nature cooperates next week.
“We looked at the longterm forecast and its supposed to be sunny and warm,” Priest said. “That would be great.”