Bulldogs cap perfect MSL-Buckeye season, Vikings finish second

Bloom-Carroll completed a perfect Mid-State League Buckeye Division campaign on Thursday by winning the fourth and final league match of the season at the Denison Golf Club.

The Bulldogs posted a team score of 330, followed by Teays Valley (350) and Fairfield Union (355).

“It was a tough day at Denison, wet, windy and long. I thought we did a good job of staying patient throughout the day when things could have really gotten away from us,” Teays Valley coach Brian Barnett said. We did not make a lot of pars as a team, but we did not make a lot of double bogies, either.

“Hats off to Bloom-Carroll, they have been solid all season. They are very talented one thru six.”
Winning the match allowed the Bulldogs to end the league season with an unblemished 20-0 record, followed by Teays Valley (14-6), Fairfield Union (11-9), Circleville (9-11), Logan Elm (6-14) and Liberty Union (0-20).

Carter Price was the match medalist for the Bulldogs with 78 and teammate Jake Fruth followed with an 80.

James Bush led the Vikings with with a round of 83 and was followed by JD Lathem (87), Caden Sherman (89) and Vance Hanger (91). Also playing for the Vikings were Tristen Nester (92) and Ashton Roberts (95).

“James Bush played really steady on the back nine today,” Barnett said. “He had a rough front nine but was able to right the ship and shoot 39 on the back. Our lone senior, JD Lathem, had a real solid day in the conditions. I have been really pleased with him this season as he has been steady all season long.

“I am very pleased with our guys this season. We have played really well at times and have struggled at times. As a young team you expect that a little bit. As you look down the road with who we have returning next season, the future looks very promising.”

Bush finished the day tied for fourth overall in the field with Logan Elm’s Grant Cline, who also shot an 83.

Following Cline for the Braves, who finished fourth in the match with 363, were Will Higginbotham (88), CJ Jones (93) and Graham Williams (99). Also playing for the Braves were Judson Pollock (99) and Mason Gentry (109).

Circleville finished fifth in the match with a team tally of 379.

Michael Fernandez paced the Tigers with a scoreboard of 90, followed by Reid Seimetz (94), Garrett Brooks (96) and Avery Ferrell (99).

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