BOWLING GREEN — Kalida's boys golf team played really well on the front nine Thursday at the Division III district tournament.

The one question that loomed was, 'Could they keep it going on the back nine?' With the wind picking up at the Stone Ridge Golf Course as the tournament went on, the Wildcats shot a little higher score, but not enough to ruin their day.

Kalida finished with a 328 team score to win the Division III district championship and earn a trip to the 2019 state tournament. Minster finished five shots back of the Wildcats at 333 for second place, while Fremont St. Joseph was third at 339 and Seneca East rounded out the top four teams at 349. The top four teams all advance to the state tournament next weekend at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course.

The Wildcats will be making their fourth straight trip to the state tournament. Teammate Grace Klausing will be playing on the OSU Gray next Friday and Saturday for Kalida.

“It's pretty amazing,” Kalida coach Ken Schnipke said moments after the win. “We have been an up and down team all year. We have shot 316, 318, then shoot 340s. To come out here today, under these conditions, and what its worth, it's pretty amazing. They showed a lot of heart. They didn't give.

“These last four-five holes it got pretty rough with the wind picking up to 20-25 MPH. Our scores went up a little bit. They kept it together and had a good day.”

Senior Josh Recker led the Wildcats with a 76 as he went out in 40 and came back in with a 36. Recker was one of six golfers to earn district honors for his play Thursday.

Senior fourth man Alec Edelbrock followed with an 82 (38-44), while sophomore Ryan Klausing had an 84 (43-41) and sophomore fifth man Justin Siebeneck had an 86 (42-44) in his first appearance at the district tournament. Senior David Peck (46-41) finished with an 87 for the Wildcats.

“We shot a 162 on the front side and I was hoping they could keep it in the 160s on the back side and they did,” Schnipke said. “They did a really good job. I think they like this course a little more, they can hit their drivers more where last week they couldn't.

“Josh hung in there, he went out and did what he had to do. A 36 on the back is great. It was a team effort, our highest score was an 87. That's pretty good for your fifth score being an 87. Justin and Alec both played really well today. Alec was super today, he played super today. He's a senior and you like to see seniors do that. And the two sophomores (Ryan and Justin) they came through to.”

Seniors Lincoln Waters, Temple Christian, and Dylan Von Deylen, Tinora,  were the district medalist with 75s. Minster's Grant Koenig tied Recker for third place with a 76.

Riverdale's Andrew Kuenzli advanced as the third individual with a 78 and Wayne Trace's Kaden Sutton had a 79 to grab the fourth individual spot.

Division II District

ARLINGTON — Ottawa-Glandorf's golf team saw their season come to a close at the Division II district tournament Thursday.

The Titans finished sixth in the nine team field with a score of 360 at the Sycamore Springs Golf Course. Galion and Genoa tied for the top spot with 336s, as Galion was the district champion based on their fifth man score. Liberty-Benton was a shot back in third place at 337. Only two teams from this district advance to state next week at the Northstar Golf Course.

Alex Ellerbrock paced the Titans effort Thursday with an 87 and Carter Schimmoeller was one shot back at 88. Parker Schomaeker finished with a 92 and Zach Stechschulte had a 93. Brayden Buckland finished with a 105 for the Titans.