MIAMISBURG — After a disappointing finish in last season’s sectional tournament, the Clinton-Massie boys golf team finished fourth Thursday at the Div. II Miamisburg Sectional at Pipestone Golf Course.
The finish earns the Falcons a berth in next week’s Div. II Southwest District tournament Friday at Glenview Golf Club.
“We’re fortunate enough to have done just enough to move on,” said CM coach Brian Mudd. “Thank our lucky stars and see what next week holds.”
East Clinton finished 14th in the team standings.
Brendon Walters led EC with a 96, Jacob Olds shot 100, Gage Mcconahay had 108 and Shane Streber 111.
Clinton-Massie tied for fourth overall with Brookville and Chaminade-Julienne. The top four teams advance to the district tournament.
And based on scores posted, only Keith Mineer of CMHS would have advanced as an individual if the team failed to qualify to the district.
Drew Kienle’s 93 did not count toward the Clinton-Massie 339 team total for 18 holes, but his 93 was good enough to win the fifth-man tiebreaker and send the Falcons to the district tournament.
Brookville’s fifth man shot 96 while CJ’s had a 102.
“I think he (Kienle) was more content with that score after the fact when he found out his score made the difference,” Mudd said of Kienle. “He struggled a bit yesterday but he played better (Thursday). He shot 49 yesterday and came back with 44, so those five strokes were a big reason we moved on.”
Mineer had a 77 (38-39) while Max Carnevale shot 82 (40-42). Caleb Enright had an 88 (43-45) and Thomas Carter shot 92 (44-48).
Because of a weather-delayed start to the tournament on Wednesday, players went out with a shot-gun start, rather than all off either the front nine or the back nine.
“So the majority of kids were finishing at the same time,” Mudd said. “And it wasn’t like coaches were standing at the (score) board watching the scores. We were out on the course getting our kids back in.”