HURON — Jay Overy of Midview shot a sizzling one-under-par 71 Wednesday at the Division I golf sectional at Thunderbird Hills North to finish first and qualify for next Thursday’s district tournament at Red Hawk Run in Findlay.
He was one of five local golfers not on a qualifying team to advance to the district, which is one step away from the state tourney in Columbus.
Elyria High, led by Alex Treuel’s 75 and Mike Sito’s 78, shot 319 to finish third in the team standings and also qualify.
Lexington won the team title at 312, followed by Bowling Green (314), Elyria, Ashland (323) and Marion (330). Midview, which won Saturday’s Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association tournament at Bob-O-Link with a 299, shot 332 to fall two shots short of a district berth.
Because the state association shuffled sectional sites this year, two powerhouses which usually compete against the local squads were assigned elsewhere. Missing Wednesday were St. Ignatius and St. Edward, which finished first and second in last year’s Division I sectional. They finished 1-2 Tuesday in the Northeast sectional at Sweetbriar.
Other area golfers to advance to districts as individuals Wednesday were Matt Schneider of Amherst and Cody Buckholz of Admiral King with 78s, C.J. Blankenship of Avon Lake at 79 and Terry Gibbons of Westlake at 81.
Overy’s 71 was especially impressive because it came on a tougher course than Bob-O-Link, where he had a 74 Saturday, and it matched his previous low score this year, which he shot in a summer tournament at Walden Country Club in Aurora.
“The pin placements were pretty tough today and the greens fast,” Overy said. “I drove the ball great and hit my irons pretty well, also.”
Overy had birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 6, 16 and 17 and all came on putts of 5 feet or less. On the par-3 second hole, his approach shot settled in just 2 feet from the cup for an easy birdie.
He bogeyed 11 and 14 and had a double bogey on 13.
Schneider enjoyed the second hole, as well, nearly making a hole-in-one.
“When I approached the green I thought I actually had a hole-in-one,” he said, “because the ball looked like it was leaning on the pin. But it turned out to be about two inches away.
“My main thing today was avoiding any bad holes, while also putting well. I didn’t have any double bogeys as I was able to consistently make my putts downhill. I had only 28 putts.”
The junior had two birdies on the round.
Treuel, as he has been all season, was once again the leading golfer for Elyria.
“I didn’t shoot particularly great today,” he said. “I was shaky off the tees. I drove decently overall, but on a couple I landed behind trees. I just grinded it out, trying to make pars.”
Treuel had birdies on 5, 6, 15 and 17 and was able to overcome one bad stretch.
“I struggled a little early on the second nine and had three straight bogeys,” he added. “I knew I had to shoot even on the last six holes and was able to do it with two birdies and two bogeys.
“I was so happy the team got out. I’m really looking forward to playing the district at Red Hawk, I love that course. It is one of my all-time Top 5 courses. It’s a really nice course, much like my home course, Grey Hawk. I’ve played it about six times in tournaments.”
Elyria High coach Jim Kistler was delighted with his team’s accomplishment.
“This is my fifth year as coach here and the first time we’ve qualified as a team to district,” he said. “We had consistency today, which has been our goal all year. Whenever we’ve struggled, it’s when not all four scorers had decent rounds.
“We got a big lift today from Sito’s great score.”
Sito, a senior, had his lowest score of the season Wednesday.
“I played really well,” Sito said. “I was on today most of the time.”
His first birdie came at the ninth, then he strung together three in a row on 14, 15 and 16.
“The last one came on a 20-foot putt,” Sito said. “I had a lot of one-putt greens today.”
Lexington 312, Bowling Green 314, Elyria 319, Ashland 323, Marion 330, Midview 332, Amherst 334, Westlake 335, Avon Lake 336, Lorain Admiral King 341, North Ridgeville 343, Columbian 347, North Olmsted 362, Norwalk 362, Madison 367, Olmsted Falls 374, Mansfield 387, Lorain Southview 401, Fremont 441
Top area individuals
Jay Overy, Midview, 33-38—71, Alex Treuel, Elyria, 36-39—75, Mike Sito, Elyria, 39-39—78, Cody Buckholz, Admiral King 40-48—78, Matt Schneider, Amherst, 38-40—78, C.J. Blankenship, Avon Lake, 41-38—79, Terry Gibbons, Westlake 41-40—80