Arcanum Boys Golf Team Wins League & Sectional Title!

by | Oct 3, 2021 | Arcanum, Darke County News, Golf, Schools, Sports

The Arcanum Boys Golf Team Wins WOAC Tournament and OHSAA DIII Turtle Creek Sectional Tournament. (Handshoe Photo)

ARCANUM – The Arcanum Boys Golf Team had a spectacular finish at the end of the regular season in the Western Ohio Athletic Conference and post season tournament to garner a share of the first ever WOAC Boys Golf Title.  They would use that momentum to go on and win an OHSAA Golf sectional title at Turtle Creek to advance to the districts.

The Trojans lost to Newton by two strokes back on August 30th for their only loss on the year which also happened to be a league loss.  They still had a big match yet with Tri-Village who at the time was undefeated and with a win there and a strong post season tournament they still had an outside shot at a WOAC title.

Arcanum overcame the first hurdle on September 16 by knocking off the Patriots 164-181.

Then in the WOAC post season tournament they shot a season low 321 

“We knew Newton and Tri-Village were going to be tough matches and had them circled at the beginning of the year,” Arcanum boys golf coach Jordan Greve said.

Since there were a few new teams in the conference Preble Shawnee and Dixie, Trojan’s coach Greve wasn’t sure what to expect out of them.

“With Shawnee and Dixie, we just didn’t know much about them, so it took a couple of weeks of scores to evaluate the rest of the field, but we knew Tri-Village and Newton would be tough,” Greve stated.

“I challenged our guys at the beginning of the season to really focus and play up to their abilities.  We started strong and our performance in the invitationals really surprised me,” Greve added.  

“We have a freshman playing the two and I knew he was good; I just didn’t know how good.  He’s proven himself throughout the season … but until we got into the invitationals we had some scores significantly better than last season so I knew we had a good team going if we could just keep that standard high.

Arcanum had Newton coming to play at their home course Beechwood back on August 30th and felt like they had a home course advantage.

“We were up by 7 strokes after the 1’s and 2’s came in and I was hoping it would hold up, but Newton is so solid 1-6, very consistent and all score well, so I knew it would be tight and they ended up getting us by two strokes.

Since that match the rest of the team 3-6 has stepped up their game.  

“Aidan Psczulkoski is a great example scoring a personal best 86 in the WOAC Tournament, it was a great round for us, and we really needed it to help us shoot a team total of 321 to edge out Newton by 1 stroke,” Greve praised.

The 321 was a season low for Arcanum and the 322 a low for Newton as well as both schools put up great numbers on a waterlogged course in cool, damp and windy conditions.

“I told Newton coach Ryan Karn that it was pretty fitting how it all ended up … we were head-to-head all the way through and the difference between our two schools for the season was just 3 strokes,” 

“They beat us by two in the regular season and we beat them by one in post season tournament, so it’s fitting that we would both become co-champs,” Greve stated.

Arcanum used that momentum of the WOAC post season tournament and experience at the OHSAA DIII boys golf sectional tournament at Turtle Creek and they would once again find themselves going up against WOAC Co-Champ Newton with the Trojans again winning by 1 stroke over the Indians to claim a sectional title.

The top 4 teams advance to the district as National Trail was 3rd and Covington 4th and they will also go to the district golf tournament to be held at Beavercreek Golf Course on Thursday October 7, 9:00am.

Freshman Graham Brubaker of Arcanum was the medalist with a 76. The top 4 individuals not on a team that advance also qualify for districts.  WOAC golfers Brayden Cable of Franklin Monroe shot an 86, Bradford Scout Spencer an 88 and Tri-County Hunter DeGrasse an 88 also advance to the district golf tournament.

Top 4 Golf Teams at OHSAA Boys DIII Turtle Creek Sectional.

1stArcanum * 335.0920003351.Will Brubaker 113840782.Graham Brubaker 093937763.Chad Pitzer 124248904.Clay Hess 124447915.Aiden Psczulkoski 11464692Coach: Jordan Greve 2ndNewton Local * 336.0900003361.Hudson Montgomery 113946852.Chandler Peters 124743903.Quinn Peters 104741884.Aaron Colvin 113739765.Brady Downing 10414687Coach: Ryan Karn 3rd National Trail * 375.1080003751.Khyler Grant 124342852.Zachary Rutan 114948973.Nick Brubaker 94544894.Chris Knapp 1150541045.Fletcher Davies 105652108Coach: Ramon Rutan 4thCovington * 392.1100003921.Garret Fraley 124246882.Cameron Haines 104950993.Bryson Hite 104750974.Sam Grabeman 1050581085.Hunter Ray 114961110Coach: Bill Wise 

Freshman Graham Brubaker was the medalist in the OHSAA Golf Sectional Tournament shooting a 76. (Dale Barger Photo)
Arcanum senior Will Brubaker was Medalist of the year in the Western Ohio Athletic Conference. (Dale Barger Photo)
Franklin Monroe Brayden Cable qualified to advance to the District Golf Meet. (Dale Barger Photo)
Scout Spencer qualified as an individual for the District Golf Tournament. (Dale Barger Photo)

Dale Barger is a lifelong sports enthusiast and has covered high school athletics for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio and now becomes sports editor for Darke County now. For 18 years Dale has been a sportswriter for The Daily Advocate and has been published in online sorts magazines and conference websites.

Dale is also an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years.

Dale is a member of The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and was a 2019 recipient of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Media Service Award.

Dale lives on a 72-acre farm outside of New Madison, Ohio and is married to Rita Ann (Fourman) Barger and together they have two sons and three grandkids.

If you don’t see Dale at a sporting event you might catch him following his other passion – photographing nature and wildlife.

Contact Darke County Now Editor Media Sports Editor Dale Barger at dbarger@darkecountynow.com.

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