By Rob Kiser
ARCANUM — Lehman junior Tyler Lachey walked in to the clubhouse with a smile on his face after being one of the first golfers to complete his round in the Division III sectional at Beechwood Golf Course Tuesday.
A few hours later, it was even bigger.
Lachey shot 78 in the windy conditions to lead the Cavaliers — and a few hours later, after the final scorecard came in, the entire Lehman team found out they were going to district.
Lehman got the fourth and final qualifying spot for next week’s district tournament at Beavercreek Golf Club with a 359 total, but it was not without a few anxious moments.
Dayton Christian need a score of 102 or better to knock Lehman out of the fourth spot — a 103 would have meant a playoff for the final team spot. Instead, the DC golfer came in with 112, securing Lehman’s spot in the district tournament.
“These guys have worked hard,” Lehman coach Eric Harlamert said. “We have been close the last couple years. Last year, we were fifth and missed by four strokes. So, it feels good to be going to district.”
And it was definitely worth the wait.
“Yes, it is nervewracking,” Harlamert said. “But, that is the way it is going to be when you play early.”
Lachey’s round was even more impressive than the score indicates.
He was two over-par through 17 holes, before finishing with a seven on a par 3. He finished second in the medalist competition to Dayton Christian’s Phillip Miller, who carded a 74.
“I played really well the whole day until the last hole,” Lachey said. “If it was going to happen, at least it didn’t make any difference (in going to district). I just played really well all day. I hit a lot off good shots and made a lot of long putts. The goal was to get back to district.
“The wind was tough. I had to take an extra club a lot and there were times I had to aim 20 yards left or right of the green. Hopefully, I can play better (at district) than last year. It is great that the whole team is going. Hopefully, we can compete well and be ready to make a run next year.”
Lachey wasn’t the only Lehman golfer to play well.
Other Cavalier scores were Cole Gilardi 85, Ryan Schmidt 87, Seth Dooley 109 and Parker Riley 114.
“Tyler (Lachey) played a great round,” Harlamert said. “He shot 78 with a seven on his final hole. We have had three good scores. We are working on getting that fourth score down. Hopefully, we can do that at district.”
Russia finished ninth with a 385 total.
Raider scores were Jack Dapore 90, Dylan Cordonnier 92, Clay George 100, Will Sherman 103 and Brandon Koverman 107.
Houston finished 12th with a 431 total.
Tristin Stangel led the Wildcats with an 88.
Other Houston scores were Cameron Via 99, Bryan Funk 122, Nathan Stangel 122 and Cole Pitchford 135.
advance in D-III
In the other D-III sectional at Turtle Creek Golf Course in Greenville, the Newton team and Covington’s Andrew Slusher advanced to the district tournament.
Newton finished second with a 363 total to earn a second straight trip to the district tournament.
Chet Jamison, who shared medalist honors with Tyler Weinert of Bethel, shot 81 to lead the Indians.
Other Newton scores were Grant Bayer 90, Milan Bes 93, Drew Thiesing 99 and Garrett Peters 110.
Slusher, a junior, shot 85 to advance as an individual and led Covington to a 10th place finishing with a 463 total.
Other Covington scores were Jack Shell 123, Dylan Lucas 126, Derek McCool 129 and Hunter Alexander 151.
Bradford did not have a team total.
Railroader scores included Alex Swabb 93, Isaiah Painter 108 and Hayden Dickerson 123.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.