ASHLAND — He may not have joined Ashland’s short list of state medalists but, if he hadn’t done so already, Tyler Sabo secured his spot among the tradition-rich program’s greatest players of all time.
The two-time Richland Source boys golf Player of the Year, Sabo tied for fourth individually at last month’s Division I state tournament at Ohio State’s always-difficult Scarlet Course. His two-day total of 146 was the top score ever shot by an Ashland golfer in state tournament play.
Former Ashland great Steve Paramore shot a 147 to take medalist honors in 1997. That same year, Chris Yoder carded a 149 and was medalist runner-up. Bobby Castor was state medalist in 1999, shooting a 154. Tom Castor was Ashland’s first state medalist in 1968, shooting a 153.
As far as coach Dan Priest is concerned, Sabo eclipses them all.
“You’re going to get bias from me, but I think he’s the best player in the state,” Priest said during the season. “He is the best player Ashland High School has ever had, and we’ve had some really good players at Ashland.”
An Ohio State recruit, Sabo was a three-time All-Ohioan. As a junior, he tied for seventh at the state meet with a 151. He tied for eighth at a sophomore with a 152.
He won three straight sectional titles, shooting a school-record 7-under 65 at Sycamore Springs this year. He was also a three-time district medalist.
Sabo is the centerpiece of an All-Richland Source boys golf team that includes four other state tournament qualifiers.
Kamden Mowry, Ashland: A junior, Mowry had his best showing in three trips to the state tournament. He carded a two-day total of 157, good for a tie for 28th. Mowry played perhaps the best competitive round of his high school career at the Division I district tournament at Shawnee Country Club near Lima, finishing third with a 74. He tied for eighth at the Sycamore Springs sectional with an 81.
Troy Chapman, Lexington: A junior, Chapman became just the second Lex golfer in the past three-plus decades to qualify for the state tournament. He shot a two-day 167 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course, tied for 50th. Chapman punched his ticket to state with a fourth-place showing at Shawnee Country Club in Lima, carding a 75. He shot an 88 at the Sycamore Springs sectional, tied for 23rd.
Nick McMullen, Galion: A junior, McMullen helped lead Galion back to the Division II state tournament for a fifth straight year. He shot a two-day 171 at NorthStar Golf Club in Sunbury, good for a tie for 37th. He tied for ninth with an 82 at the district tournament at Catawba Island Club and tied for seventh with an 80 at the sectional tournament at Woussicket Golf Course in Sandusky.
Nate McMullen, Galion: A freshman and Nick McMullen’s younger brother, Nate made his state tournament debut with a 175 tying for 48th at the Division II tournament at NorthStar. The younger McMullen matched his older brother with an 82 at the district tournament at the Catawba Island Club, tying for ninth. He tied for second at the sectional tournament at Woussicket, shooting a 79.