|BUCCS GOLF TEAMS MAKE HISTORY..
The Buccaneer boys claimed a sectional title, while the girls came in third against a tough field.
BUCC BOYS FIRST...
GREENVILLE It was a banner day for the Covington golf teams Wednesday in sectional play, withe both teams advancing to district in sectional play.
The Covington boys made history, winning the boys program's first-ever sectional golf title in Division III play at Greenville Golf Course.
"I wasn't expecting this at all," Covington coach Bill Wise said. "A lot of these teams had beaten us during the year. We had to beat all the teams that had beaten us at the league meet."
Covington shot 352 to beat Franklin Monroe by two strokes.
"I was surprised by how high the scores were," Wise said. "This was our first time in this sectional. We have been in the sectional at Beechwood (Golf Course, which was played Tuesday). I guess we are fortunate in a way, because 352 wouldn't have gotten out of that sectional."
Covington did it with consistent play.
Christian Carder led the Buccs with 85.
Samuel Slusher carded an 88, Joseph Slusher shot 89, D.J. Seger added a 90 and Wes Root had a 94.
"These guys have been pretty consistent all year," Wise said. "It always helps when you have four scores close together like that. A lot of times had one guy that was low, but they weren't as consistent. We have a bunch of bogey golfers and they have been consistent all year."
Covington will play in the district tournament at Weatherwax Golf Course in West Middletown next Thursday.
LADY BUCCS THIRD...
WEBSTER The Covington girls golf team continued their tradition of advancing to district every other year, nearly pulling off a second-place finish at the Division II sectional at Stillwater Valley Golf Course.
National Trail won with a 376 total, while Covington and Fort Loramie both shot 404, with the Redskins winning the fifth-girl tiebreaker.
"It started with Ashley Johnson's senior year," Covington coach Ron Schultz said. "We have been going as a team every other year. I am really pleased with the way the girls played today."
Not only were the tees moved back, the Lady Buccs had to deal with the elements Mother Nature threw at them, leading to a long day on the golf course.
"We shot 398 here from the women's tees in good weather," Schultz said. "So, I thought the girls did great today. They held it together pretty well and didn't have a lot of big numbers. Our scores were just so consistent."
Allison Ingle led Covington with 98, while Jamie Crowell had a 99.
Connor Schaffer shot 103, Cassie Ingle had 104 and Katie Blair added a 127.
"I was a little disappointed with Cassie's score," Schultz said. "But, she got herself in some tough spots out there."
Covington charged towards the front on the second nine, after starting on the tougher back nine.
"We went past a number of teams," Schultz said. "Some of the teams shot good scores on the front nine, but really struggled on the back nine, which was playing much tougher."
Also advancing as individuals were Brooke Wehrkamp from Versailles, who shot 103 and Russia's Tori Borchers, who had 104.
Borchers is the first Russia golfer to qualify for district.
Versailles finished fifth with a 434 total, Miami East was sixth at 435 and Russia was seventh with 452.
The district tournament will be played Tuesday at Pipestone Golf Course.