ARCANUM — The Butler boys golf team made a striking improvement from a couple of months ago, and nearly pulled off a major upset at the Greater Western Ohio Conference Postseason tournament last week.
The Aviators placed second to Springboro by shooting a combined score of 300, just two strokes behind the Panthers.
“We had them (Springboro) in our sites, and we could have gotten them,” said Butler golf coach Scott Hadder. “We went into the tournament thinking if we shot 300 we would win it. We hit our goal, and they were two strokes better. This is our motivation to work harder and earn a state berth.”
Butler’s Zach Crawford was the overall winner with a 72, and the Aviators placed three golfers in the top seven – Crawford, Austin Greaser (T-2, 74) and Gannon Godsay (T-7, 76).
“Gannon is fighting an injury, one which requires surgery at the end of the season,” said Hadder. “He’s hitting his stride right when we need him to.”
A. J. Lawrence shot a 78 which placed him in a four-way tie for 16th overall. Jack Herbst shot 90 and Daniel O’Leary shot 103.
“A.J. has gotten much more consistent during the season,” said Hadder.
Butler will close out the regular season this Saturday as they host the Butler Invitational at Cassel Hills. The Aviators will begin postseason play on Wednesday, October 7 at the sectional tournament. The sectional will be held at 9 a.m. at Beavercreek Golf Course.
“Beavercreek is a tough course, and you can’t attack it like you can some courses,” said Hadder.
GWOC Boys Post-Season Tournament
Beechwood Golf Course – September 24, 2015
1. Springboro 298 (Austin Schoonmaker 74, Josh Gilkison 74, Garrett West 76, Jonathan Cloyd 75, William Frederick 75, Sam Donaghy 79); 2. Butler 300; 3. Centerville 313; 4. Beavercreek 319; 5. Wayne 321; 6. Fairmont 326; 7. Troy 330; 8. Lebanon 338; 9. Northmont 339; 10. Xenia 344; 11. Miamisburg 348; 12. Springfield 351; 13. Piqua 361; 14. Sidney 361; 15. Greenville 375; 16. Fairborn 399; 17. West Carrollton 0;