BOWLING GREEN — Edgerton senior Esten Kennerk torched Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green with a 3-over 75, but came up just short of a trip to state as he led area performances at the Division III district golf tournament on Thursday.
The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the state tournament on Oct. 15-16 at Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course.
Kennerk, who was two strokes away from a chance at qualifying for state, tied for sixth individually with Leipsic’s Mason Brandt and Old Fort’s Andrew Combs.
Montpelier, which made it to districts for a third straight season, tallied a 369 to finish 16th out of 18 teams. Fairview (376) made their first district appearance since 1998 and finished 18th.
Aidan Higbie led Montpelier with an 88 to tie for 50th individually. Jaxon Richmond (91), Trent Thorp (93) and Drake Sommer (97) completed the Locomotives’ score.
Brendan Degryse scored a 92 (tied for 71st) to front Fairview. Kasen Kauffman (93), Nathaniel Adkins (95) and Jack Karzynow (96) made up the rest of the Apaches’ performances.
North Central senior Zack Hayes tied for 40th individually with nine other golfers after firing an 87.
Ottoville (317), Minster (322), Ottawa Hills (329) and Kalida (331) finished 1-4 to qualify for state in the team standings. Allen East (332), Archbold (332) and Old Fort (334) were right behind in fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.
Overall, 16 players broke 80 on the challenging Stone Ridge layout. Allen East’s Zach Miller fired a 4-under 68 to earn medalist honors and snatched the first individual qualifying spot, while Ottoville’s Carter Schnipke was runner-up with a 69.
Danbury’s Clark Grayson (70, third), Delphos St. John’s Jack Gerker (72, fourth) and Archbold’s Luke Rosebrook (73, fifth) grabbed the remaining individual state qualifying spots.