By Josh Brown
COLUMBUS — After the front nine, Troy Moore had to alter his expectations.
But he turned in a solid back nine Saturday at the Division I state boys golf tournament at Ohio State University’s Scarlet course, shooting seven strokes better than on the front to finish with a second-round 85, giving him a two-day total of 163, tied for 32nd place overall.
The Troy senior entered the day in a tie for 17th and was hoping to crack the top 10 after a quality first round. But after shooting 46 on the first nine — which was holes No. 10 through 18, the holes Moore performed best on on Friday — he was forced to fight to keep from slipping farther.
“Really, after the front nine today, I just wanted to break 90,” Moore said. “After shooting a 46, I got a little worried.”
Moore recovered, though, shooting a 39 on the second nine.
“I was really proud of him for finishing the way he did,” Troy coach Mark Evilsizor said. “He just had a lot of bad breaks onn the front nine. After that, he could’ve gone through the motions on the back nine, but he battled back and had a good round.
“On the first nine, he had a couple of double bogies, which he avoided Friday. But he did a terrific job on basically the final nine holes of his high school career.”
“It was pretty tough,” Moore said. “I had a couple of unlucky bounces early, and that took any momentum I had away from me.”
Hudson’s Will Kurtz was the individual medalist with a 142, with Cincinnati St. Xavier was the team champion with a 616.
Moore was the first Troy boys golfer to qualify for state since Alex Garman in 2004.
“I was really lucky to get the chance to come to state with Troy,” Evilsizor said. “I’m just really proud of him. He handled himself well.”
“It was a great experience,” Moore said. “It was pretty cool to get to play two days with the best golfers in the state of Ohio.”
* Boys Soccer
Tipp 1, CJ 0
TIPP CITY — Five times this season, the Tippecanoe boys soccer team has made one clutch play and rode the strength of its defense to 1-0 victories.
Make that six.
Collin Tateman finished off a cross by Andrew DeBrosse early in the second half, and the fourth-seeded Red Devils (17-1) made that goal stand up in a 1-0 over No. 5 Chaminade Julienne in the Division II sectional tournament Saturday at Tipp City Park.
With 34 minutes left in the game, DeBrosse took the ball down the left side of the field on a long run, beating a couple of defenders along the way and then centering the ball into the box, where Tateman was waiting to put it home for the game’s only score.
“It was a very physical, back and forth game,” Tippecanoe coach Scott Downing said. “The field was like a parking lot, and it was hard for anyone to keep possession and play soccer with the way the ball was bouncing all over. But we got it done.”
Tippecanoe advanced to Tuesday’s sectional title game at Piqua, where the Devils will face either No. 2 Carroll or No. 14 Meadowdale, which played later Saturday night.
TC 5, SCC 0
TROY — In a matchup of No. 8 against No. 9 seeds, Troy Christian (11-6-1) made it look more like a mismatch Saturday, routing the ninth-seeded Springfield Catholic Central Fighting Irish 5-0 at Eagle Stadium in the Division III sectional semifinal round.
The Eagles advanced to Tuesday’s sectional championship game at Sidney, where they will face either No. 3 Franklin Monroe or No. 26 Tri-County North, which played later Saturday night.
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