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defend the championship | Daily Standard Stories

Monday 26 September 2022

The Coldwater Girls win their third consecutive title in the conference; St. John wins the boys’ title

by Gary R. Rasberry

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Jordan Himmelgarn of Coldwater hits the ball on the green at the MAC Girls’ Golf Championships at Arrowhead Golf Course in Minster on Saturday. Hemmelgarn was the tournament medalist to take the golfer of the year honors for helping Coldwater win its third consecutive Conference Championship.

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Saturday’s compiled a winner-takes-all scenario for both the boys’ and girls’ golf tournaments in the Midwest Athletic Conference.

In the girls’ division, Coldwater, Minster and Versailles entered the day after sharing the regular season title with 7-1 matching records. On the boys’ front, Minster, Coldwater and Delphos St John all finished 8-1 in league games.

The Coldwater Girls claimed their third consecutive Conference Championship after winning the championship at Arrowhead Golf Course in Minster with a score of 377, four shots better than host Minster and 10 shots better than Versailles.

Meanwhile, at Selina Links, St. John beat Minster 320-323 to claim the championship title and overall title over Minster. Coldwater, third with a score of 340.

Mac Commissioner Don Kemper announced that all conference championship awards for the 2022-23 school year will go to longtime Coldwater baseball coach Brian Harlamert, who died Wednesday.

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Minster’s Katie Hightkamp hits a tee-shaped shot during the MAC Girls’ Golf Tournament on Saturday.

Mac girls

Parkway finished fourth in the team sprint with 414. New Bremen came in fifth with 432 with St. Henry sixth with 440. Marion Local was seventh with 453 with St. John eighth at 469 and Fort Recovery off the field with 473.

In addition to the battle for the conference title, the MAC Girls Golfer of the Year awards were on the line as Coldwater’s Jordan Hemmelgarn accounted for half a point from Versailles’ Ella Porter in the points standings (83 to 82 1/2) in going to the day, while it was Abby Borden in New Bremen (79 1/2) and Katie Heitkamp (79) in Bremen are in the race as well.

Hemmelgarn captured the golfer of the year title by winning the championship with a round of 85 medalists, four strokes ahead of Porter 89, who finished third with Burden finishing second with an 88. Heitkamp finished 90.

The first team was Natalie Ashbow of Coldwater, Ashley Meyer of Minster, St John Ellie Gable, Ashlyn Hohmann of Minster, Madison Louth of Parkway and Emma Garrison of Versailles.

The second team received honors from Kennedy Foskol (Coldwater), Lauren Gay (Versailles), Audrey Wendell (St. Henry), Shay Buroff (Parkway)

Honorable winners are Caitlin Ooty (Marion Local), Sarah Shepard (Parkway), Emily Clotter (Parkway), Alyssa Stinke (Coldwater), Emma Weil (Fort Recovery), Kendell Bergman (Minster), Lindsay Grizob (St. Henry) and Lauren Hetkamp ( Minster).

The Northwest Territory’s postseason season begins Tuesday at the Division II Championships at Moss Landing in Ottawa. Versailles will host Division Two in its Southwest County district in Stillwater Valley on Wednesday.

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Parkway’s Roman Leszynski puts on the MAC Boys’ Golf Championships Saturday at Celina Lynx Golf Course.

Mac kids

Versailles finished fourth in the championship with a score of 343. Fort Recovery finished fifth with a score of 354 with Marion Local in sixth with a score of 358. St. Henry was seventh with a score of 367 with Parkway taking eighth with a score of 397. New Knoxville rounds up the leaderboard with 489.

The Golfer’s Boys of the Year were honored with a three-man race as defending golfer of the year Jack Gerker of St. John was just two and a half points ahead of teammate Colin Feathers and three and a half points ahead of Parkway’s Roman Leszynski in the points standings.

Just like Jordan Himmelgarn, Jerker made sure to win his second straight shot at 75 to partner medalist with Minster Nathan Beer to edge out the Feathers, who shot 76, for the points title.

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Minster’s Nathan Beer hits a bullet during Saturday’s MAC Boys’ Golf Tournament in Selena.

Minster’s Jack Mayer scored 78 to finish fourth with St John’s Tyce McClain finishing the top five with a score of 79.

Jerker, Feathers, Leszynsk, McClain, Bear, Mayer and Josh Rendler, who hit the 80’s to finish sixth, were joined in the team’s first Conference Awards by Marcus Reithman (Marion Local), Keegan Brugman (Coldwater), Mitchell Bornhorst (Minster) , Isaac Lefevre (Fort Recovery) and Luis Magoto (Minster).

The second team won honors for Ben Jerry (Coldwater), Ty Post (St. Henry), Joe Rohenkamp (Versailles), Nathan Offerman (Coldwater), Tyler Offerman (Coldwater), Zach Rendler (St. Henry), Hayden Beauger (Coldwater) and Cole Brunswick (domestic marion).

Distinguished team members are Ray Purdy (Minister), Noah Covault (Versailles), Brayden Wagner (Versailles), Keaton Bronze (Coldwater), Jay Waterman (New Knoxville), Carson Heitkamp (Versailles), Grant Kramer (Local Marion) and Eli Lennarts (Fort Recovery).

The second and third postseason for the Northwest begins on Thursday. Coldwater competes in Division Two at Moss Landing while the rest of the Mac teams travel to Colonial Golfers Club in Lima for Division Three. Versailles plays in the Division III Southwest District at Turtle Creek in Greenville on Tuesday.

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