By Rob Kiser
BEAVERCREEK — Everything came full circle for Newton golf coach Randall Jamison and the Newton boys golf team at the D-III district tournament at Beavercreek Golf Club Thursday.
And he couldn’t have drawn it up any better than the way it played out.
If you are going to do something special, make it really special — and the Indians did just that, becoming the first Newton boys golf team to qualify for state, and doing it by rallying from seven shots down over the final nine holes to win the district title by one shot.
Newton finished with a 343 total, one better than Fort Loramie.
“We were seven shots down after the front nine,” Randall Jamison said. “We were playing with Fort Loramie and Seven Hills. We were all neck-and-neck the entire back nine.”
And while Newton senior Chet Jamison was medalist with a 73, it was Nate Zielinski who recorded the shot of the day.
Zielinski was in a deep greenside bunker on 18 — and got up and down for par to help preserve a one-shot victory.
“The bunker is probably 10 or 15 feet below the green,” Randall Jamison said. “That was like a PGA Tour bunker. I couldn’t even see Nate (Zielinski) from behind the green. He hit it out to three feet and made the putt for par — and we end up winning by one shot. What a shot.”
There was plenty of special in Chet Jamison’s back nine as well.
After going out with a 40 on the front nine, he came in with a three-under par 33 on the back nine.
“I had never played well at district,” Chet Jamison said. “So, I wanted to play well. Medalist was a goal. I had four birdies on the back nine. I just lit it up with the putter. I was making putts from everywhere. I only had 12 putts (on the back nine).”
And he heard about Zielinski’s amazing shot.
“I was behind him and still playing,” Jamison said. “So, I didn’t see it. But, I heard about it. It must have been some shot.”
The rest of Newton’s scores were Garrett Peters 87, Ross Ferrell 91, Nate Zielinksi 92 and Kleyson Wehrley 96 — allowing the Indians to make some history — which was all that mattered to Chet Jamison.
He has talked about it from the start of the season.
“I didn’t want to go to state by myself,” Chet Jamison said. “I wanted the whole team there. This is awesome.”
And, while Randall Jamison had similar feelings — there was also some emotion watching his son take medalist honors.
“It is not about Chet (Jamison), it is about the team,” he said. “But, that was a great father moment — a great mother moment to see him get medalist. He shot 33 on the back and bogeyed 18.”
And for Randall Jamison this moment was even more special for a reason.
“This is probably my last year coaching the team,” he said. “I started seven years ago, when my son Brock (Jamison) was playing. He made it to state as an individual, but the team never made it. We were close a few times. The goal wasn’t to win district — it was to get to state and these guys did it. I am so proud of them. What a great group of kids.”
Who made school history in the most special way possible — and made sure the coach will have a fitting and memorable finish to his time at Newton.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.