The state’s top-ranked Columbus North boys golf team defeated Columbus East, 314-317, to capture its 14th straight head-to-head win of the season.
Top shooters on the day for the Bull Dogs were John Arthur at 77, Michael VanDeventer at 78, Tanner Bennett at 79, and Christian Fairbanks and Zack Lee with 80 apiece. Jacob Coffey finished with an 81 for North.
Finishing just three strokes behind, top scorers for the Olympians were Konnor Kimmel with a 77, Sam Jackson (78), Zack Sutton (79) and Adam Krebs (83).
Medalists on the day were seniors from both sides of town — Arthur from North and Kimmel from East.
“I played pretty well,” Arthur said. “On a couple of holes I didn’t place it well, but other than that it was a pretty solid day.”
Arthur earned medalist honors for the second time this season, while it was a third for Kimmel in 2012.
“This is a really big deal,” said Kimmel. “That is cool. John Arthur, the other senior on North who medaled, is one of my really good friends so this was just a really good night. I went to his graduation party last night and we wished each other luck so that is good to see he played well too.”
Though Kimmel was happy that he and his friend both had very good days, the senior was disappointed with his last hole, which he double-bogeyed.
“He is a little down on himself,” East coach Tom LaBarbera said. “But he has been very solid all year, definitely our most consistent player. He has been a middle-70s shooter all year and been a very good senior player.”
North coach Doug Bieker said he wished he would’ve seen a better performance from his team, but he was quick to credit East’s improvement. The Bull Dogs beat the O’s by 24 shots earlier in the season at Otter Creek.
“We certainly didn’t play our best, but I’ve got to hand it to East,” said Bieker. “They came here and could have easily beaten us. If we go hole by hole, three strokes isn’t very many. ... This should give them confidence moving toward sectional.”
Coach LaBarbera said he was cautiously optimistic about the sectional, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. June 1 at Greensburg Country Club.
“From last weekend, what our conference score was to today, was a huge step in the right direction,” LaBarbera said.
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