|MANSON QUALIFIES FOR DISTRICT...
It took a huge shot to get out of a jam, but Covington senior Clark Manson came through in the clutch to qualify for the District Tournament.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2008 - ITHICA
By Rob Kiser - Sports Editor, Piqua Daily Call
Covington's Clark Manson is going to district after playoffs at the Division III sectional tournament Monday at Beechwood Golf Course.
But, the playoffs itself were under much different circumstances.
Four individuals on non-qualifying teams advance to the district tournament.
Manson, a Bucc senior, had carded an 85, was in a much more pressure-packed situation in the playoff. He was tied with Botkins' Eric Ambos and playing for the fourth and final spot at district.
And Ambos seemed to be at the advantage after the tee shots. He was in the middle of the fairway, with about 130 yards to the green. Manson had hit is 3-iron to the right off the tee, nearly finishing in the water hazard.
"I never expected my 3-iron to go that far," Manson said. "I thought it might have been in the water."
After Ambos topped his second shot into the water, Manson found his ball in the heavy rough just outside the yellow hazard stakes, meaning he could ground his club.
While, he was inside 100 yards to the green, he had 50 yards of water to clear out of a bad lie. He wedged it safely over, 20 yards right of the green.
"All I was thinking was clear the water," Manson said. "I had plenty to work with (on the shot). I knew I could get it over."
After taking a drop, Ambos left his fourth shot about 35-feet from the hole and Manson chipped to within 15-feet of the hole.
After Ambos nearly holed his bogey putt, tapping in for six, Manson had two putts to earn the trip to district.
After running the first putt three feet past the hole, Manson wasted no time knocking his bogey putt into the hole.
"Since I miss about 90 percent of those (3-foot putts), I just walked right up and putted it," Manson said. "It is a great feeling to be going to district. I know it has been awhile since we (Covington) have had a district qualifier.
"To be honest, I shot about seven or eight strokes higher than I had planned to shoot. I never thought and 85 would make it (to district). I had a couple bad holes early. I think I played my last six holes today in even par."
Covington coach Bill Wise was pleased for Manson.
"Clark is great kid," Wise said. "It is great to have a district qualifier. When he came in with 43 (on his first nine), I told him he was goiing to have to play better. That shot he hit in the playoff over the water was clutch."
Manson will play in the Division III district tournament at Weatherwax Golf Course Oct. 2, with the low two scores from individuals and non-qualifying teams advancing to the state tournament.